First published on CloudBlogs on May 17, 2017
This post is authored by David Belanger, Senior Program Manager and Eva Seydl, Program Manager.
Here are the highlights of the latest updates to the Remote Desktop clients. You can download the apps from their respective stores on these platforms:
You can find a comparison of different capabilities between the different clients on the
RDS Doc site
New functionality in the Windows 10 Universal app
We’ve added the following new features as part of the April release available now from the Store.
Leverage your existing RDP files
If you have built a collection of RDP files over time, you can now automatically launch them with the Windows 10 Universal app by changing the file type association for .rdp files.
Control access to local resources
For additional security when connecting to a remote system, you can configure which resources are available in the session from the advanced options for each connection:
Clipboard – copy/paste for text
Where audio should be heard – local, remote or no audio
[New!] In-session microphone from client device
Manage grouped desktops more easily
To make it easier to manage the desktops you’ve assigned to different groups, we’ve added the ability to move desktops between groups through drag and drop.
Use a non-English keyboard
The app will now use your local keyboard layout when initiating a new connection to a remote system instead of defaulting to the English keyboard. This provides a more consistent experience between your local and remote computers.
Copy and paste files using the pasteboard on macOS
Users on macOS who have updated to our latest release can leverage the pasteboard (or “clipboard” as we call it on Windows) to copy files from and into a remote desktop session. You can use keyboard shortcuts to move documents, pictures, or any other data type to the destination where you need them. The size of files you can copy is limited to 2 GB by the RDP protocol.
Updates to our Android application
Better keyboard experience
In mid-April we shipped an update to the keyboard that improves the in-session experience: Users with a non-English locale for their keyboard can now use keyboard shortcuts, which weren't available before. The keyboard sync should now work better than before; but, the keyboard sync only occurs when you launch a session. . To match the keyboard language after you have connected to your PC change it manually in the session or sign out from Windows and sign in again.
Finally, we’ve added support for scancode - tools that require scancode input (like VM connect or VMWare vSphere) no receive input with the latest version of our app.
Improvements on Chrome OS
In our latest app version (8.1.53) we have been working on fixing issues identified by users. We’ve optimized switching out off and to a full screen session. To switch between these modes use the full screen button (F4). Chromebooks that support Android applications will leverage these improvements.
Our app is available on Chromebook devices that support Google Play store.
How to provide feature suggestions?
To provide feedback on the Windows 10 app, open the Feedback Hub and submit feedback for the
Apps and Games
category and the
To provide feedback for the apps on other platforms, post your idea in
after selecting the appropriate forum on the right side.
How to get help?
You can also post your issues on our
to get help from the RDS community.