Microsoft rolled out a new iOS app called Microsoft Remote Desktop alongside Windows 8.1 today, designed to turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an extension of your Windows computer. Plenty of third-party developers have offered similar apps in the past, but Microsoft’s version looks like it may actually be a superior product. The free service is available now in Apple’s App Store.

Once you’ve synced the app on your iOS device with your PC, you can access your Windows 8.1 desktop wherever you are as long as you have your phone or tablet at hand. Microsoft promises the app is secure, and delivers a multi-touch experience with high quality video and audio. You can also connect your device to larger monitors and projectors for when you have to give a presentation.

The idea of running Windows 8.1 on your iPhone or iPad is a pretty exciting one, and definitely opens up possibilities for iOS that weren’t really an option before. It’s also a smart move by Microsoft, which appears to be admitting that even the biggest fans of its desktop OS may still prefer the iPhone over Windows Phone 8.