Resolution and Scaling Level Updates in RDP 8.1

Hi, I’m David Bélanger, a program manager on the Remote Desktop team working on the different Windows Remote Desktop clients. In Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 we made some changes to Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) that greatly improve the experience for a few core scenarios that you might be using every day. In… Read more

Remote Desktop Protocol Licensing Available for RDP 8

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Patent License for RDP 8. Today, partners are developing a variety of different solutions that utilize RDP. Examples of these solutions include: Non-Windows thin client devices RDP client and server software Third-party collaboration software that consumes the RDP stream Documentation describing the… Read more

RemoteFX vGPU Improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi everyone! Today we’re excited to share the improvements we’ve made to the RemoteFX virtual graphics processing unit (vGPU) in Windows Server 2012 R2. There are four improvements we invested in, specifically: 1. Improving DirectX API coverage 2. Support for higher monitor resolutions and higher default monitor resolutions 3. Exposing higher VRAM to RemoteFX vGPU-enabled… Read more

RemoteApp improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi, I’m David Bélanger, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) team in Windows Server. One of the areas of focus for RemoteApp programs in Windows Server 2012 R2 was improving the user experience by eliminating some of the remaining gaps we had between a RemoteApp and a local app. RemoteApp programs are… Read more

Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 Update for Windows 7 SP1 released to web

IMPORTANT: Update on February 12, 2014: The RDP 8.1 packages have been re-released and are now available on the Download Center and via Windows Update. To download the packages, go to Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1. Update on March 6th, 2014 : In order to install the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1… Read more

Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guide

Hello everyone, this is Clark Nicholson from the Remote Desktop Virtualization Team. I’m writing today to let you know that we have just published the Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guide. This document provides guidance for deploying a basic desktop hosting solution based on the Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide. This document is… Read more

What’s new in the Remote Desktop Windows Store app for Windows 8.1

Hi, I’m David Bélanger, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) team in Windows Server. Our team is responsible for developing the Remote Desktop Windows Store app, a free app available in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The Remote Desktop Windows Store app was designed to provide a fast… Read more

GPU Requirements for RemoteFX on Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi everyone! I’m Derrick Isoka, a program manager on the RemoteFX team responsible for the virtual GPU component. We’ve received a lot of feedback and questions regarding the cards we recommend for the RemoteFX virtual graphics processing unit (vGPU). In this blog post we’ll share our recommendations to help you understand the options available to… Read more

Remote Desktop Services Diagnostic Tool

Hey folks, I’m Omair Gillani, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 make deploying and managing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) super easy by using a single pane of glass management interface. However, RDS deployments can get complex, where an issue with any one of the… Read more

RemoteFX H.264 Codec Improvements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi all, I’m Ayesha Mascarenhas, a Program Manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. I have some exciting news about how we have extended the use of AVC/H.264 in RDP 8.1 to deliver a great remoting experience to resource constrained devices. With Remote Desktop Protocol version 8, included in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and… Read more