Thursday was a big day for Microsoft, as they launched Windows 8.1 for download around the world. But, in addition to Windows 8.1, they also launched the new Facebook app for Windows 8.1 and the remote desktop apps for mobile usage, both which are available now.
The new Facebook app is built to support all the new features of Windows 8.1. The remote desktop app for iOS and Android gives users the ability to manage desktops from anywhere on their phones or tablets. Both apps show the power of mobile computing and Windows 8.1.
Facebook App For Windows 8.1
One of the biggest apps to launch along side with Windows 8.1 is the Facebook app. The new app features a number of new extras that are unique to only Windows, and is available starting Thursday from the Windows Store. The app gives users a much more reliable and graphical representation of a network featuring 1 billion users worldwide.
The new app features live tile notifications give you an at-a-glance summary of post and message activity right on your Start screen. It can also be used side-by-side along with other apps, and give users the ability to multitask on their Windows 8.1 machines. The contacts of Facebook also integrate easier with other Windows People Hub contacts as well.
Remote Desktop App For iOS & Android
The other big announcement on Thursday, was the release of the brand new Remote Desktop App for Android and iOS users. The app can be used on iOS 6 and iOS 7 mobile systems, and on Android systems 2.2 or later according to Microsoft. They give users the ability to connect to remote desktops from anywhere on their mobile devices.
The Remote Desktop App will allow users to input IP addresses and then multitouch navigation to their systems. Users will be able to stream content and manage those devices on their phones or tablets, which should make users and IT professionals very excited and happy.
The addition of these two apps makes Windows 8.1 even better. Facebook’s redesign is amazing and the Remote Desktop App gives IT Professionals a great mobile tool. These should be amazing hits in minutes.