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(Lifehacker)   Microsoft releasing Remote Desktop for Android and iOS today. Free   (lifehacker.com) divider line 63
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2013-10-18 12:47:40 AM  
That's pretty awesome, since they aren't charging. Others do.
 
2013-10-18 02:16:50 AM  
This is pretty cool - I lucked out to get a third-party app as an Amazon "free app of the day", but usually they cost $10- $15 and have quirks.
 
2013-10-18 07:23:58 AM  
Can't give that crap away?
 
2013-10-18 07:30:35 AM  
Seems to work ok. But I'm sure this will have me logging onto servers with my tablet when I'm at lunch or worse the pub.

Anyone know how to right click? Also no del,ins,end,home keys.
 
das
2013-10-18 07:43:16 AM  
Link Farked.  :(
 
2013-10-18 07:56:57 AM  
Yeah, but that would mean using Windows again. Over a network, but still....

Thanks, but no thanks.
 
2013-10-18 08:01:05 AM  
Free for the app...not free for the licences at the server endpoint.. (if you need more than 2 people anyway)
 
db2
2013-10-18 08:09:06 AM  
If it's anything like their Win 8/RT tablet Remote Desktop, it will probably suck rocks compared to Jump Desktop. (I don't work for Jump or get money from them in any way. I've just been using it frequently for a couple years.) But it's free, so I'm willing to take it for a spin.
 
2013-10-18 08:12:57 AM  
Yet another way for M$ to keep track of you.. don't think they aren't spying on you through your phone...

/Conspriacy Theories are sometimes true
 
2013-10-18 08:16:47 AM  
I guess it's nice to have an "official" app available, but I've had 2x Client for more than a year now and it works just fine.
 
2013-10-18 08:17:43 AM  

illegal.tender: Yeah, but that would mean using Windows again. Over a network, but still....

Thanks, but no thanks.


Yeah, it's still 2003 at my house, too.
 
2013-10-18 08:23:59 AM  
About farking time.
iTap licenses are expensive.
 
2013-10-18 08:29:26 AM  
 
2013-10-18 08:37:49 AM  

sammyk: Anyone know how to right click?


Seems you just hold your finger down for a few seconds rather than tap.
 
2013-10-18 08:39:29 AM  
I remember having to remote desktop with this old scheduling software we used to use. Soooooo glad we don't have to do that anymore
 
2013-10-18 08:49:18 AM  

diaphoresis: Yet another way for M$ to keep track of you.. don't think they aren't spying on you through your phone...

/Conspriacy Theories are sometimes true


Yeah, Microsoft are the ones spying. LOL.

Drink more koolaid Google boy.
 
2013-10-18 08:49:24 AM  

neuroflare: That's pretty awesome, since they aren't charging. Others do.


Others usually hook you up with point and click simplicity.
 
2013-10-18 08:49:40 AM  
Here's what I've been using. Free, works with VNC and RDP.
 
2013-10-18 09:07:45 AM  
I dig it so far.  I've been using PocketCloud for my iPad to connect to Windows servers.  It works pretty well, but if you want all the features you have to spend $15 for the pro version.  So far the free Microsoft app wins.
 
2013-10-18 09:26:16 AM  
I've been using PocketCloud for RDP with the built in Android VPN for some time. I also use LogMeIn to connect to simplify my connecting on certain commonly used machines (especially stuff on DHCP ISP connetions). All of this stuff is free.

It's nice that MS is still playing the "us too" and released this, but once again they're late to the party. But at least they showed up.
 
2013-10-18 09:31:33 AM  
So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..
 
2013-10-18 09:33:17 AM  
its pretty basic
no auto launch feature
speed seems fine
but for free its great
 
2013-10-18 09:45:16 AM  

styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..


I haven't decided whether to install it now or wait to see if it causes issues down the line.  Aside from those quirks things are running smoothly for you?
 
2013-10-18 09:49:32 AM  

styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..

I found it in the store, I use MSE, didn't take long for me. I am doing my aunt's PC today but I have a feeling it will take long because when I did a refresh a month ago it took 5 hours. So far it's good for me since I have dual screens and now I can just leave my start screen open(live tiles) on the second screen without it vanishing when I click anything on my main monitor. Firefox scaling is off a bit to the point of  words looking blurry at times.
 
2013-10-18 09:55:57 AM  

pastorkius: styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..

I haven't decided whether to install it now or wait to see if it causes issues down the line.  Aside from those quirks things are running smoothly for you?


The Store is different, you have to pull down or right click to get categories instead of top paid, free, new and rising, picks for you and other shiat
 
2013-10-18 09:56:10 AM  

db2: If it's anything like their Win 8/RT tablet Remote Desktop, it will probably suck rocks compared to Jump Desktop. (I don't work for Jump or get money from them in any way. I've just been using it frequently for a couple years.) But it's free, so I'm willing to take it for a spin.


In my case I use iTap RDP for iOS ad Jump Desktop for my Mac.

I played with Microsoft' Remote Desktop app in iOS and I was surprised at how well it worked. I connected to my OpenVPN connection, fired up the app, and connected to the home server to move some files around and it was actually pretty damn good. I wish it was released a while ago before I spent the ~$10 on iTap, but it's nice to have another option.

The Mac version is pretty good too. If I had one complaint it is that so far when I run it in the native resolution if forcibly covers the dock. I can get back to it by exiting full screen mode, but Jump Desktop will expose the dock by hovering at the bottom.
 
2013-10-18 10:01:49 AM  
W8.1 is worth it for dual monitors alone
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-18 10:07:04 AM  

rocky_howard: diaphoresis: Yet another way for M$ to keep track of you.. don't think they aren't spying on you through your phone...

/Conspriacy Theories are sometimes true

Yeah, Microsoft are the ones spying. LOL.

Drink more koolaid Google boy.


Spying is done against enemies or competitors. I'm neither vs. either company. They are merely collecting information that their users willfully provide. Should I be outraged?
 
db2
2013-10-18 10:09:06 AM  

MightyPez: db2: If it's anything like their Win 8/RT tablet Remote Desktop, it will probably suck rocks compared to Jump Desktop. (I don't work for Jump or get money from them in any way. I've just been using it frequently for a couple years.) But it's free, so I'm willing to take it for a spin.

In my case I use iTap RDP for iOS ad Jump Desktop for my Mac.

I played with Microsoft' Remote Desktop app in iOS and I was surprised at how well it worked. I connected to my OpenVPN connection, fired up the app, and connected to the home server to move some files around and it was actually pretty damn good. I wish it was released a while ago before I spent the ~$10 on iTap, but it's nice to have another option.

The Mac version is pretty good too. If I had one complaint it is that so far when I run it in the native resolution if forcibly covers the dock. I can get back to it by exiting full screen mode, but Jump Desktop will expose the dock by hovering at the bottom.


Yeah, the iOS and Android versions actually aren't bad. Jump is still a lot better, but these would work in a pinch. The pan/zoom is clumsy (but nowhere near as horrible as the Windows version) and I don't see a way to control the screen resolution of the connection. If they update their Windows tablet version UI to match these versions, I'd be quite happy, because that one is barely usable in its current state.
 
2013-10-18 10:10:35 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..
I found it in the store, I use MSE, didn't take long for me. I am doing my aunt's PC today but I have a feeling it will take long because when I did a refresh a month ago it took 5 hours. So far it's good for me since I have dual screens and now I can just leave my start screen open(live tiles) on the second screen without it vanishing when I click anything on my main monitor. Firefox scaling is off a bit to the point of  words looking blurry at times.


Yeah, I wasn't sure if I wanted to install it yet, either. I've got an HP Split X2 (convertible laptop/tablet) for work and school; right now, I can run all my interactive textbooks and programs just fine. I'd hate to update it and cause compatibility issues, especially if there aren't any updates I really need.
 
2013-10-18 10:11:48 AM  
It's a garbage implementation, you can't even pinch to resize. No wonder its free.
 
2013-10-18 10:14:13 AM  

Orgasmatron138: drjekel_mrhyde: styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..
I found it in the store, I use MSE, didn't take long for me. I am doing my aunt's PC today but I have a feeling it will take long because when I did a refresh a month ago it took 5 hours. So far it's good for me since I have dual screens and now I can just leave my start screen open(live tiles) on the second screen without it vanishing when I click anything on my main monitor. Firefox scaling is off a bit to the point of  words looking blurry at times.

Yeah, I wasn't sure if I wanted to install it yet, either. I've got an HP Split X2 (convertible laptop/tablet) for work and school; right now, I can run all my interactive textbooks and programs just fine. I'd hate to update it and cause compatibility issues, especially if there aren't any updates I really need.


Yeah you should give it a month, I did it because it was time for a reinstall(every 4 months for me) and I brought a bigger internal HDD
 
2013-10-18 10:16:34 AM  

pastorkius: styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..

I haven't decided whether to install it now or wait to see if it causes issues down the line.  Aside from those quirks things are running smoothly for you?


Minor problems.. One of them isn't a shock.. but ONCE AGAIN Creative Labs doesn't have a driver available for Windows 8.1. So ONCE AGAIN my X-Fi titanium doesn't save the settings in Creative  Console Launcher when you reboot.. It took them months after Windows 8 was released to fix this with a driver update..

One of other programs simply doesn't work now at all. The developer of the app acknowledged the problem and is sending out a updated version to fix the problem today though.

From what I read Microsoft held back 8.1 on the MSDN so all the developers had no access to it to make sure and test that their apps would run fine with it. I read a lot of developers who pay to be on the MSDN had to pirate the RTM just to test it against their apps. On the outside 8.1 doesn't seem like a huge update but in reality there is a whole new kernel version and tons of api changes.
 
2013-10-18 10:17:18 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: It's a garbage implementation, you can't even pinch to resize. No wonder its free.


You're the guy that turn down free BJ's from normal chicks also? WTF it's free, while you'll pay $10-20 for others
 
2013-10-18 10:31:54 AM  

pastorkius: styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.

1. The free update isn't installed by the Windows Update too.  . It took me 5 minutes of Googling wondering why I wasn't being notified of the update  to find out that you had to open the Metro start screen and run the app store app to get the dialog to install the 8.1 update..   Crazy of me to think I could update Windows via the Windows Update tool..

2. It completely uninstalls Avast for you so you have to re-install an 8.1 compatible version.

3.  It takes for-farking-ever to install..

I haven't decided whether to install it now or wait to see if it causes issues down the line.  Aside from those quirks things are running smoothly for you?


You might have issues if you have an older Radeon video card, like me (yea, yea, I know, get a new card). The legacy drivers for 8.1 are just the default "in-the-box" drivers at the moment, which for whatever reason means catalyst can't interact with them. Not really a problem, the only thing the newer drivers did was fix bugs, not optimizations. Of course, if you're monitor is hooked up by HDMI, you might find yourself with that thick black border AMD is so damn insistent about. I have no idea why in the world AMD thinks cards should default to not using all of the available screen. Anyway it took me a while but found a registry hack to fix it, until (or unless) AMD decides to release a legacy driver that works in 8.1.
 
2013-10-18 10:37:13 AM  

moel: Free for the app...not free for the licences at the server endpoint.. (if you need more than 2 people anyway)


If you've got more than 2 people logging into your desktop remotely at the same time, likely your not just trying to remotely access your home computer.
 
2013-10-18 10:48:24 AM  

neuroflare: That's pretty awesome, since they aren't charging. Others do.


Microsofts Remote Desktop for the Mac is complete shiat.  I'm not holding my breath that versions for Android OS and iOS are any better.

/you get what you pay for
//but since none of the 2000 servers my company runs is Windows base I no longer need it
 
2013-10-18 10:50:25 AM  
App installed on the Nexus 7. Can't locate the remote PC and doesn't allow manual input of the IP address or gateway information. I'll go back to TeamViewer, thanks. 

F-
 
2013-10-18 10:53:09 AM  

CavalierEternal: App installed on the Nexus 7. Can't locate the remote PC and doesn't allow manual input of the IP address or gateway information. I'll go back to TeamViewer, thanks. 

F-


I think you need Windows 8x pro
 
2013-10-18 10:56:23 AM  
This is not a bookmark.

/would love to be able to remote into my Win7 desktop downstairs from my Nexus 10
//not for pron
///OK, not JUST for pron
 
2013-10-18 11:02:11 AM  

styckx: So while we have a MS thread up. Anyone install the Windows 8.1 update from Windows 8? It's not bad at all but it has some annoyances.


I installed it yesterday.  Boot to desktop FTW.

The only annoyance I've found so far is that my laptop takes twice as long to boot now.  I'm hoping that will change after a few boots.
 
M-G
2013-10-18 11:18:46 AM  

gingerjet: Microsofts Remote Desktop for the Mac is complete shiat.  I'm not holding my breath that versions for Android OS and iOS are any better.


Came here to say this.  Fans ramping up?  Oh look, Remote Desktop is running away with CPU.  Force kill.
 
2013-10-18 12:11:47 PM  
Thanks for the various feedback.  I've got an nvidia card but even still I think I'll just wait a bit...
 
2013-10-18 12:25:53 PM  
All of this, but still no YouTube app from Google.
 
2013-10-18 12:36:30 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: W8.1 is worth it for dual monitors alone
[i.imgur.com image 850x293]


??

I've been using dual monitors for years.
 
2013-10-18 12:37:53 PM  
For Android, aFreeRdp is much better than the new Microsoft client.
 
2013-10-18 12:57:10 PM  

jaytkay: drjekel_mrhyde: W8.1 is worth it for dual monitors alone
[i.imgur.com image 850x293]

??

I've been using dual monitors for years.


I have since Windows 98.
 
2013-10-18 01:38:16 PM  

moel: Free for the app...not free for the licences at the server endpoint.. (if you need more than 2 people anyway)


Hush, you.

The Client Access Licenses to actually use that "free" app are only about Eighty bucks a pop.
 
2013-10-18 01:48:04 PM  

BullBearMS: moel: Free for the app...not free for the licences at the server endpoint.. (if you need more than 2 people anyway)

Hush, you.

The Client Access Licenses to actually use that "free" app are only about Eighty bucks a pop.


That's $80 I can't give to the Eclipse Foundation or spend on signed portraits of Linus Torvalds to hang over my workstation.
 
2013-10-18 01:54:51 PM  

Marine1: BullBearMS: moel: Free for the app...not free for the licences at the server endpoint.. (if you need more than 2 people anyway)

Hush, you.

The Client Access Licenses to actually use that "free" app are only about Eighty bucks a pop.

That's $80 I can't give to the Eclipse Foundation or spend on signed portraits of Linus Torvalds to hang over my workstation.


Well, sure. You could just use software that is actually free to accomplish the same purpose. VNC has existed for quite some time now.

But then you wouldn't be shoving money into Microsoft's pockets for "free" apps.
 
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