Microsoft Remote Desktop App Update

Adam Carter here, the technical product manager for VDI. I wanted to give you an update on what’s happening with our cross platform Remote Desktop apps. It was just over a month ago that we released Remote Desktop clients for iOS, Android and Mac OS X, and we’re about to release an update to the app. One of the great things about distributing the apps via app stores is reading the instant feedback we get from the comments on the app in the store, and this update addresses many of the requests we’ve seen. In addition to several bug fixes, we added the following functionality:


  • Pinch to zoom support in mouse pointer mode
  • Performance improvements
  • iPhone 5 screen resolution fix


  • Pinch to zoom support in mouse pointer mode
  • Performance improvements
  • Improved support for stylus input

Mac OS X

  • Improved full screen support for OS X 10.7 - 10.9
  • Performance improvements

In the month since the apps were released, we’ve seen an astounding 1.5 million downloads of the clients. I wanted to wrap my head around how big that number was, and here’s what I came up with:

1.5 Million downloads across the 3 platforms (iOS, Android, and Mac OS X) equates to 17.6 terabytes of data. If we shipped those updates on floppy disks, our shipping charges would be about the same as shipping 36 full grown elephants.

If you made a stack of just the iOS devices that have downloaded the client, you’d have a stack over 3.4 miles high. If you staggered them to make steps, you’d have a stairway that would get you almost all the way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – your iStairs would get you to 18,300 feet, you’d just have the last 1000 feet to climb on your own.

We’ve recorded over 5000 unique Android device types downloading the app.  There’s lots of different sized devices that make that up, but if they averaged the size of a 7” Galaxy Tab, and I traded the devices for their volume in jelly beans, I could completely cover the floor of my apartment, to a depth of 1 foot.

If you’ve downloaded it already, make sure and grab the update to take advantage of the improvements. If you haven’t, what’s keeping you?

Download links:

(Windows Phone users, we haven’t forgotten about you. Your app is coming soon!)
Comments (0)

  1. Ricky Day says:

    Look forward to the Windows Phone 8 App!

    I trust on its native platform it will be better of course than all the other mobile versions 🙂

  2. Yoshihiro Kawababata says:

    5,000 unique Android device type , WoW.

    my Windows Nexus 7 work well = Google Nexus 7 + Microsoft Remote Desktop app + Windows 8.1.


  3. Janaka Dissanayake says:

    You better hurry up, sir! We WP users are suffering without an official RDP app! 🙁

  4. Stephen Moody says:

    Good stuff. Especially like the support for RD Gateway that's built in. One thing on my wish list now is the option to select/deselect the "bypass RD Gateway for local addresses" like in the Windows client.

  5. vaio says:

    hello, great work! does the android rdp app support USB pass-through? any locally connected usb device would work?

  6. Erik Douglas Tereza says:


    Mac OS, iOS, Android… all these have this app, but they leave windows phone to last one?

  7. Habu12 says:

    As a Windows Phone user for two generations now (a user who likes the platform), I'm extremely disappointed that:

    1) It has taken this long to get a remote desktop app from Microsoft.

    2) When the app finally does arrive, it's not even available for Microsoft's platform.

    I'm glad to hear that it's eventually coming to the Windows Phone platform… but if even Microsoft releases iOS and Android versions before Windows Phone, I'm not sure what message that sends to us as invested users or to other developers.

    I think the platform is a winner (or could be)… but the lack of priority in apps (from both Microsoft and third-parties) may be what prevents it from becoming all that it could be… and that's sad.

  8. Braian says:

    (Windows Phone users, we haven’t forgotten about you. Your app is coming soon!)

    Please make it available for WP7.8 users too. (new good apps are just for WP8)

  9. Anonymous says:

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