Smartphones and tablets nowadays boast striking touch displays, surprising power under the hood and a dazzling array of features. So it's not surprise that Microsoft has decided to give users a way to control their PCs straight from their mobile devices. The Redmond comany has released its Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS devices, which allows you to connect to your Windows PC remotely over the same WiFi network, provided you have enabled remote desktop functionality on your desktop . It's free and doesn't require you to install any client agent app on your PC to use it. And the procedure to setup the whole thing? Pretty simple. Let's find out how it works after the jump.
Both iOS and Android apps use RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to connect to your computer. To use this feature, you must configure the settings in your Control Panel to allow remote connections. On Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1, go to Control Panel > System and Security > System (or simply Control Panel > System if your Control Panel is set to show all items), and then select 'Remote settings' from the left pane as demonstrated in the screenshot below.
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