Remote controlling your desktop PC from your smartphone probably isn’t something you need to do very often. But from time to time it’s nice to be able to login from your phone and grab a file, open a document, or maybe even watch a video that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access on your phone.

There’s no shortage of third-party apps that let you use your phone to control a PC. But we’re starting to see first-party solutions as well. Google recently launched Chrome Remote Desktop to let Android users remote control desktops with the Chrome web browser. And now Windows Phone 8.1 users can use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app… although it’s still in beta.

What’s a little odd is that Microsoft has been offering similar software for other platforms for months.

windows phone 8.1 rdp

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