Microsoft’s new Windows apps aim to let users run Windows apps and devices on platforms from Macs to smartphones, without the need for a local PC to act as a host.
The new Windows app is part of the company’s long-standing rebranding of Microsoft Remote Desktop, which received a major update on Mac in 2021. While the Windows app is in beta testing, it remains available, but Microsoft has deprecated at least some features. Its features, if not the entire service.
“Windows Apps are your gateway to Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Microsoft Dev Box, Remote Desktop Services, and Remote PCs to securely connect your Windows devices and apps,” Microsoft says in a new blog post. Masu.
“Windows apps can be used on many different types of devices, on different platforms and form factors, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and through web browsers.” “If you use a web browser on your desktop or laptop, you can connect without downloading and installing any software.”
Currently available only on Mac via TestFlight, Windows apps require macOS Monterey or later. For iPhone and iPad, iOS 16, iPadOS 16 or later is required.
Windows Apps can also be used from a web browser, but Microsoft says that “mobile web browsers are not supported.” However, Safari version 11 (2017 or newer) or later, and Firefox 55, Chrome 57, or Microsoft Edge 79 or later are supported.
This means Windows can effectively run on many devices that are currently not supported. However, that list doesn’t seem to include Android at this time.