Microsoft’s ‘Windows App’ lets you stream Windows from everything but Android and Chromebooks

What you need to know

  • During Ignite 2023, Microsoft introduced an all-new ‘Windows App’ to stream Windows PCs from anywhere.
  • The app is compatible with macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and even Windows, but is not available for Android or ChromeOS.
  • If you want to use this with a Chromebook, you’ll have to rely on the browser implementation. 

Chromebook owners have been longing for the ability to use Windows, or at least Windows apps, for years. There was some hope that this would have come from Parallels, but that’s seemingly been locked down to the enterprise market. Then, Microsoft gave us a glimmer of hope during Ignite 2023, as the company released a newWindows App.”

Awkward name aside, the Windows App is designed to provide access to cloud computers from compatible devices. This includes things such as Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, and Microsoft Dev Box. But, this new app also offers the limited ability to access Remote Desktop Services and remote PCs. 

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Unfortunately, it seems as though Android and ChromeOS have been left out to dry, for one reason or another. Not only is the Windows App not compatible with Chromebooks, but you also won’t find a dedicated Android app. Making matters even more frustrating, Microsoft’s support documentation states that you aren’t able to access this service using a mobile browser.


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