Microsoft Remote Desktop Apps

Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Android shown an on a phone and tablet by Courtney Comfort

Background:
Remote Desktop allows you to connect and use a PC (running the Windows operating system) or run remote Windows applications from your phone, tablet, or Mac. Microsoft obtained their non-Windows platform apps through the acquisition of competitors. Our engineering teams had been working on aligning the underlying technology and features without a dedicated design resource. I was brought onboard to make sure they were balancing Microsoft branding with user expectations for each native platform. During the two years I worked on this product, I led our teams to new levels of design consistency and ease of use across our Remote Desktop applications for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Mac.

My role:
User experience, visual design

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac shown on a MacBook Pro by Courtney Comfort

The Remote Desktop app for Mac docks to the menu bar for light-weight switching between PCs.

The Remote Desktop app for Mac docks to the menu bar for light-weight switching between PCs. When connected, you are immersed in the Windows session and can use the machine as though it’s the computer you’re sitting in front of.

Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS shown on a iPhone and iPad by Courtney Comfort

One of the challenges with the apps for iPhone and iPad was creating the right balance between Microsoft and iOS branding. I worked closely with the development teams so they followed the best practices and standards laid out in the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

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This work was collaboratively created with the following designers:
Rachel Shepard, David Walker, Brian Oakley (Research), & Paul Sim

© Courtney Comfort 2018     ///     mr.courtneycomfort@gmail.com
© Courtney Comfort 2018    ///    mr.courtneycomfort@gmail.com