Microsoft’s new remote desktop app for iOS, Mac and Android

Microsoft updates  the three free remote desktop apps available for the Android, iOS, and Mac OS platforms. A remote desktop app for Windows Phone, however, there is still not.

As the first client, Microsoft released the revised Mac OS version on March 12   . The  iOS edition  of Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.5 arrived on March 15, and the  Android version  is dated March 16. The two mobile clients had introduced Microsoft last fall. Since then Microsoft updates the already existing Mac OS client in lockstep.

The programs allow users to access remote Windows PCs and their resources. The Windows 8 and Windows RT stores are one of the  most popular applications . However, they are subject to complex licensing conditions: users need licenses for client access (CAL) and for a supporting back-end infrastructure. The apps themselves are free.

Under Android, the update provides a number of bug fixes and optimizations for high-resolution displays. Prerequisite is Android 2.2. On Mac OS X (minimum requirement: version 10.6.0), a problem was resolved that caused an “access denied” error even though correct credentials had been entered. Microsoft also claims to have corrected other bugs without naming them. Finally, the iOS version requires iOS 6.0 or higher. Here, the audio quality has been improved and a number of unnamed bugs fixed.

A remote desktop app for Windows Phone is in the hands of Microsoft representatives, even if there is no appointment. Theoretically, it could already come with the “Blue” update Windows Phone 8.1, which otherwise  focuses on functions that companies need. Internally, Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 is already testing. Officially, it will probably introduce the new features at its  Developer Conference Build 2014  , which takes place April 2-4 in San Francisco.

Virtual and physical servers at the touch of a button in the data center

The IT service provider Computacenter introduces the “Datacenter Quick Automation Package” (DQAP), a nine data center service. The provider calls DQAP an out-of-the-box solution that IT departments can use to quickly deliver IT services, according to Computacenter, which will enable them to deploy virtual and physical servers at the touch of a button.

DQAP has assembled the provider from validated and preconfigured software products. In addition to documentation, the solution developed in collaboration with CA and NetApp also includes ready-made workflows that automate the deployment of new virtual and physical servers.

Using a web interface, the departments can order new virtual or physical servers at the touch of a button. The stored workflows speed up the deployment process.

“The fast and flexible provision of virtual and physical servers is the time-critical requirement that is set by the specialist departments,” says Michael Flügge, Solution Director Datacenter at Computacenter.

In addition to the ordering process, it is possible to run recurring, previously manually displayed tasks and processes fully automatically. Flügge sees automation as minimizing the risk. The encapsulated solution can be integrated into existing IT environments and is available at a fixed price. Computacenter has developed the DQAP in collaboration with NetApp and CA.

The new solution should lay the foundation for end-to-end orchestration and automation in the data center. DAQP is designed for use in a FlexPod environment, but also provides the foundation for integrating additional products and solutions.

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