Aug 30 2013
No one will doubt the functionality and usability of the iPads, especially given the number of insanely great applications you can install on them. However, there are still times when you need to access your desktop in order to complete another task. Luckily, there are plenty of remote desktop apps allowing you to get access to your PC from anywhere in the world. Below I’m going to discuss the best remote desktop software that helps you establish remote desktop connection quickly and easily.
#1 PocketCloud Remote Desktop – RDP / VNC
PocketCloud Remote Desktop by By Wyse Technology Inc. is one of the most dominant apps. This app allows you to remotely connect to your MAC or Windows desktop safely and without too much hassle. With PocketCloud you will get access to your files, applications (like Photoshop, Outlook, Word, etc.), games and other programs right from your iPad, iPhone/iPad Touch. It enables you to get control over the remote PC’s keyboard and mouse. PocketCloud provides you with a custom keyboard (on the screen). As of today, it supports 7 languages: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
#2 Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop – Personal
Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop is one of the TOP selling programs in the App Store. Currently it has over 15 million users. This app is incredibly popular due to the flexibility and ease-of-use. With this software you can:
- Access all your files and programs with 100% compatibility (Safari, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Keynote, etc.).
- Use your desktop browser with all your bookmarks, plugins, Java and Flash support.
- Watch your videos and listen to your music regardless of their format.
- Play your Flash and 3D games (FarmVille, World of Warcraft, Skyrim etc.).
#3 Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) – RDP / VNC
Jump Desktop is another remote control app for the iPads. Aside from the standard remote control features, it offers:
- Multiple monitor support (Windows 7 and above).
- Full support for iOS 4.0 multitasking.
- Advanced Bluetooth keyboard support.
- Multiple gesture support.
- Full mouse control (dragging, scrolling, right and left clicks).
Basically, these apps are good for private use, as they allow you to reach your desktop from wherever you happen to be immediately. However, aside from these handy tools, there are even more powerful remote control programs, such as RemoteUtilities or TeamViewer, for example. These are mainly used for business purposes. Below are some of their most advanced features.
- Power control (ability to reboot the remote PC, put it to sleep or lock it up).
- Unattended access 24/7.
- Firewall bypass (no need for network configuration, ability to connect with an ID and password only).
- MSI administration.
- Active Directory Support.
- Online meetings (up to 25 participants).
- Online training sessions.
- Online teamwork.
- Online presentation.
- Remote access and administration.
When selecting a remote control program, ensure it’s safe. Most of the absolutely free remote access tools don’t use any data encryption methods. This is to say they can make your (and your clients’) information vulnerable. When it comes to business, it’s highly advisable to use software with high security levels.