A New Windows App Brings Microsoft’s Platform To iPads, iPhones, Macs, PC
If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac and wish that you could just use that familiar Windows interface or important app, there might be a new solution for you.
That solution is, amazingly, called the Windows app and it’s available in preview now.
The new Windows app, Microsoft says, “is your gateway to Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Box, Remote Desktop Services, and remote PCs, securely connecting you to Windows devices and apps.” Essentially, it’s how you now connect to remote Windows computers whether they’re yours or services running in Microsoft’s servers.
You can use Windows App on many different types of devices on different platforms and form factors, such as desktops and laptops, tablets, smartphones, and through a web browser. When using a web browser on a desktop or laptop, you can connect without having to download and install any software.
The app includes multiple monitor support as well as support for custom display resolutions. There is even support for device redirection which means that you’ll be able to connect webcams, audio accessories, storage devices, and even printers.
While the Windows app only seems to work with business accounts right now, The Verge reports that there are signs that personal accounts will soon work — the option to sign in with one is there, but it doesn’t work.
This might suggest that Microsoft sees the future of Windows to be in the cloud, with remote connections acting as gateways into those computers. Just as importantly, in a world where Windows can’t be run natively on a Mac or other Apple device the Windows app could provide a solution for those who need to run it at times.