Microsoft has brought its Remote Desktop Preview app to Windows 10 Mobile devices, including support for the operating system's Continuum feature. Previously available for Windows 10 PCs, the latest update adds Mobile support and brings the app up to version 844 - but Microsoft emphasizes that the app is "still in development as we continue adding more key features including support for Azure RemoteApp".
Since the app is built on Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, it closely mirrors the version previously available for Windows 10 PCs, but features a revised user experience to ensure that it can be used easily on smaller mobile displays.
While the app can be used in both portrait or landscape, Microsoft says that "for now the in-session experience is limited to landscape mode when running on mobile devices", but promises that it will add support for in-session portrait mode in the future.
One of the key benefits of the app is its support for Continuum mode on high-end Windows 10 Mobile devices, as the company explained:
If you own a Lumia 950 or 950XL, you can use the Remote Desktop Preview client on a larger monitor or TV with Continuum. Continuum enables you to connect a capable mobile device to any screen with the Microsoft Display Dock or a Miracast capable device, and power a PC-like experience on that screen. You can attach a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your mobile device or a USB keyboard and mouse to the dock before connecting to a remote PC and using any apps (including Win32) that you have available in the remote session.
This is a great way to be productive from your mobile device when you can extend your work to an additional larger screen.
The ability to access Win32 apps in a remote session on a supported Windows 10 Mobile device will add considerable value to the Continuum experience, which is otherwise limited to running the relatively small number of Universal Windows Apps that have been released, although that number is growing.