Microsoft prepares its own remote control tool for Windows 10 to take on Teamviewer

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft has started work on a new app which will allow users to remotely control Windows 10 called Quick Assist. It positioned as Microsoft’s very own competitor to Team Viewer, currently the most popular remotely control service in the market.

Quick Assist should come as a UWP app for Windows 10 and will allow users to not just remotely control another computer, but to also provide assistance to another user. It also uses codes to allow computers to communicate with each other. In general, the app will work similarly to its more famous competitor, Team Viewer.

Quick Assist should contain some features characteristic to Microsoft’s devices, like pen and sketching support for Surface tablets. However, the app still misses the ability to transfer files between devices but this feature should arrive soon — perhaps as some kind of OneDrive integration?

How to use Quick Access in Windows 10

Although the app is still not ready for the public release, Insiders running the latest Preview build are actually able to test it. Quick Access is not available in the All apps list, so you’ll need to open it the other way. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Cortana
  2. Type quick access and press Enter

Cortana will now open the tool, and you’ll be able to test it with fellow Insiders or between your devices, if you own more than one computer running Windows 10 Preview.

As we said, this app is currently available in Windows 10 Preview only but just like many other features that we expect, Quick Access should also arrive with the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 this summer.

Users who’ve already had the opportunity to test this tool noticed it was also present in previous versions of Windows. However, the tool was called the Windows Remote Assistance back then and basically did the same thing Quick Access does. Microsoft only re-designed it and brought it to the UWP.

Tell us what do you think about Quick Access: Can it be a noteworthy alternative to Team Viewer? Write down your opinion in the comments below!

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