Earlier this week, Microsoft quietly announced that Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android platforms coming later this month for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a big news for many enterprise users. iTap is a mobile remote desktop app for iOS devices which was utilizing Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to give you complete control over and fast access to your Windows PC from anywhere.
iTap mobile RDP was the only RDP client to support TS Gateway. Compared to other iPhone clients iTap mobile RDP was said to be more than twice as fast as the next best competitor. It seems Microsoft is aware of the app and has acquired some IP assets from the company to build its own Remote Desktop apps which is coming next month.
Microsoft provided the following statement on this to Neowin,
Microsoft acquired specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This was used as a base for development, on top of which we implemented, amongst other things: RDP 8, RemoteApp support, multitouch, and all new UI.
In the mean time, iTap has discontinued their apps from App Store with following message on its website.
Effective October 8th 2013, iTAP mobile RDP apps for iOS, Mac OS X and Android platforms are discontinued.
We will continue to support the customers who have installed this app up to this date but the app will no longer be available at the application stores and no further updates will be released.
We recommend you evaluate the new Microsoft Remote Desktop app available in app stores later this month.
Thank you for using iTAP mobile RDP.
iTap mobile team
While iOS and Android devices will have Remote Desktop apps by this month end from Microsoft, what about Windows Phone devices?