Some people love their Macbooks, iPads, and iPhones. They take them wherever they go and can barely function without them. However, Windows will always have a massive place in the business world; and that means the two titans of the operating system world need to get along especially in the context of business and the Bring Your Own Device movement. Instead of worrying about which one is better, we want our Macs and our Windows PCs to work together; no more so than when it comes to remote accessing other desktops. RDP (or Remote Desktop Protocol) is an essential in today’s business world and its use extends into the home life too. If you like the idea of using iOS or OS X to access Windows-based files or apps on another PC whether for business or pleasure, then Remote Desktop Connection for a Mac or other Apple devices is something that requires your consideration.
In-browser, app, or RDP client?
There are now several options when it comes to remote access depending on the device. In this mobile-reliant world businesses and their employees need a functional way of accessing other computers from smartphones and tablets (particularly widely used devices such as iPads and iPhones) without having to install any additional software. This has become the function of in-browser RDPs which fall into the category of ‘zero client’ or client less software. Essentially, they allow access to another desktop simply by opening a browser such as Chrome or Safari without having to install Flash, Silver-light, Active X. It’s a relatively new concept and its ease-of-use is likely to make it more popular than the current application-based / native RDP clients. Of course, there are only a limited number of RDP providers that offer browser-based solutions so you can of course still download RDP client apps from the App Store for iMacs and other Apple devices.
Why use RDP?
One of the main reasons to use RDP software is to avoid issues with compatibility. Imagine you’re using a Macbook but you need to work on Windows-based applications or open files that aren’t supported by OS X; not a problem as you can access Windows files and app directly from the Macbook and interact with the remote desktop as you normally would. Businesses can also bypass the need to install the same software over many different devices, which can be pricey as well as time-consuming. The workplace becomes more free and employees can use their favorite device (be it an iPad or iPhone) to carry on their work out of the office. In the past if you’d misplaced a USB stick or forgotten to upload a crucial file to Dropbox, then the chances are it would be very difficult to salvage the situation. Now all you need is an internet connection and an app/browser RDP and you’ve got a quick fix. Fans of Apple might assume that their Cloud has pretty this well covered but that only true for file access; it’s being able to do things such as use Windows software from an iPad that makes RDPs so appealing and versatile. Considering many RDP clients on the App Store are free or inexpensive, remote access is something we can all benefit from.