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You can now access Windows apps on any device

By on September 24, 2017 0

by Radu Tyrsina

Radu Tyrsina has been a Windows fan ever since he got his first PC, a Pentium III (a monster at the time). For most children from… read more

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Windows HTML5 apps

Here’s some good news: Microsoft lets you access Windows apps no matter what device you have by simply using a browser-based HTML5 solution called Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft RDS

The Microsoft Remote Desktop solution lets you access a remotely hosted Windows desktop environment or application from any device you have. Remote Desktop clients for Windows, Windows 10 S, iOS, and Android are already available, and now Microsoft is adding support for a browser-delivered HTML5 experience. This will allow you to access your Windows apps from virtually any device that runs an HTML5 browser.

Cloud Readiness and Enhanced Security for RDS Hosted Environments

Fortunately, Microsoft also makes sure to improve the security of RDS-hosted environments. For example, you can now use Azure AD for multi-factor authentication, conditional access policies, and integrated authentication with more SaaS apps. You will also have the option to receive security signals from the Smart Security Graph. This way, you can take advantage of the elasticity and scale possible with Azure. Additionally, the new Diagnostics role will help you monitor your deployment more effectively.

Microsoft also isolates infrastructure functions, including Web, Gateway, Connection Broker and more, from desktop and application deployment hosts to improve the security of virtualized environments. In other words, the company adds another layer of separation for increased security.

RDS has long had the ability to run cross-platform desktop and mobile operating systems using apps, but now future support for browser-delivered HTML5 experiences will prove to be a great addition.