Windows Server 2012 R2 iOS-Android Remote Desktop apps coming but no Windows Phone?

Microsoft will officially launch Windows Server 2012 R2 on October 18th, but it looks like the company is going to be offering some extra incentives for people to use their latest Server OS. The company has officially announced plans to release iOS and Android Remote Desktop apps that will connect to the operating system for the first time.

Microsoft very briefly mentioned the iOS and Android apps in a press release that mostly talked about the company's cloud-based enterprise software services. The apps are supposed to be released later this month but Microsoft has yet to offer a specific release date or pricing. The company will also release new versions of its Remote Desktop apps for Windows, Windows RT and OS X.

While Microsoft is not talking much about these new apps, Michel Roth, who is a Microsoft MVP on the desktop services side, posted some more information on his blog site today. He stated:

When you see the clients you'll notice they are pretty sweet and not as basic or as 'v1'  as you might expect.  The iOS Remote Desktop app supports iOS 6 and 7 and the Android Remote Desktop app is posed to support Android versions as far back as Gingerbread. The OS X Remote Desktop app provides even more functionality that you would expect from a 'desktop app'. Think about 'seamless windows' or 'applications portal'.

Microsoft certainly seems to be open to releasing its software products on many different platforms, which is something that Google has definitely not shown for the Windows operating systems. However, the press release did not mention a Windows Phone Remote Desktop app which has puzzled some people on Twitter.

We have emailed Microsoft to get clarification on any plans for a Windows Phone Remote Desktop app.

Update: We finally received an update from a Microsoft spokesperson who told us, "We are always looking at additional services based on what we hear from our customers. We have nothing to share at this time."

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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Because WinRT already has an RDP app, and WP8 and WinRT are merging. Hence you'll be able to use the same app for both.

Plus if you actually read the source article it clearly says windows Phone 8. The author is wrong.

j2006 said,
Because WinRT already has an RDP app, and WP8 and WinRT are merging. Hence you'll be able to use the same app for both.

Plus if you actually read the source article it clearly says windows Phone 8. The author is wrong.

Nope hes not, re read the section you keep quoting and facepalm yourself!

Even on the large screen of my Lumia 1020, RDP is barely usable. On the other hand the Metro version of the Remote Desktop app for Windows 8 is fabulous.

Leopard Seal said,
Even on the large screen of my Lumia 1020, RDP is barely usable. On the other hand the Metro version of the Remote Desktop app for Windows 8 is fabulous.
I've used it, and I wasn't impressed. Also, the "Metro" version of every app that has a desktop counterpart is crippled. I'd choose the desktop version over the modern ui version any day.

-adrian- said,
even on that large lumia 1020 screen .. oh boy

Other than snark, what's your point? For a phone the 1020 does have a large screen.

ahinson said,
I've used it, and I wasn't impressed. Also, the "Metro" version of every app that has a desktop counterpart is crippled. I'd choose the desktop version over the modern ui version any day.

I have not used the Metro app extensively but I have used it once to quickly switch between 5 connections on a non-touch PC. It worked nicely and even better than the standard if I may say so.
I didn't find it crippled at all.

I don't really see the point in remote desktop on small phone screens. Its not going to be pleasurable to use with all that scrolling and zooming. Maybe Microsoft feels the same way, and the iOS and Android apps are really there for the tablets primarily?

Edit: I've now read the article in full and it does indeed imply that these apps are aimed at tablets, not phones.

Edited by Ryster, Oct 8 2013, 5:19pm :

Umm the Microsoft Press Release says:

* Devices include Windows 8 tablets and iPad tablets with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013; Windows Phone 8, iPhone and Android phone shortly following the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

That's for Dynamics CRM. There are other releases on that press release. Further more, this is the text related to this article

Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.
. This article proves one thing: it's so easy to bait the fanboys/haters on this site to generate traffic.

thartist said,
Uffff, this says a lot, coming from MS themselves.
What a pitiful platform.

Sigh there ALREADY is a "Manage your windows server" app for WP. It's been around since WP7 and you can manage users, alerts, settings and even access files from it. It's logical to assume they'll update that at some point with more remote desktop capabilities.

I can see why WP8 isn't on the roadmap.

Until MS really decide the future of WP along with WinRT, start merging codebases and frameworks; it's too much of a moving target to set any deadlines or consumer expectation.

We all assume RT and WP8 will be put together at some point. However the new divisions will have to digest each others work and come up with the best architecture for all.

We're not quite there yet.

Maybe the intention behind the releases is tablets? I find it very silly when you RDP on a 4.x screen.

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