Microsoft updates their suite of Remote Desktop apps for all platforms

Yesterday Microsoft announced a round of updates to their various remote desktop apps that make several improvements to increase their capabilities.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

March 31, 2017

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Microsoft updates their suite of Remote Desktop apps for all platforms

Yesterday the Remote Desktop Services Team posted to the Enterprise Mobility and Security Blog about all of their Remote Desktop apps and a series of updates that have been made to improve the overall functionality of these apps.

You can read and learn more about all of the Remote Desktop apps Microsoft provides for these various platforms at Microsoft's Windows IT Center Remote Desktop Clients page but here is a rundown of those new features by app.

Windows 10

-- Connect and use multiple remote devices at the same time with easy navigation and control from the connection menu

-- Select sessions resolution and scaling options for each connection (Windows 8.1 devices and above only)

-- Improved Windowed mode so you can see local and remote resources side by side

-- Settings for each connection have option to start in full screen; resizing behavior; dynamic updates to the connection settings (Windows 8.1 and above only)

-- Custom Groups allow you to organize the Connection Center and collect different connections into groups for easier access

Mac OS

-- Improved multi-monitor set-ups/usage

-- Lighter look and feel; removed accent color on the Connection Center screen


-- Remote Desktop Connections can now be found and started using Spotlight search

Mac OS Beta

-- No changes listed


-- Remote Connection window will now adjust dynamically to your devices orientation (portrait/landscape) including adjusting the resolution to match the orientation

-- Keyboard extension now includes all the keys you might need for navigating the remote computer through your device

If you want to give Microsoft feedback on these apps just head over to their UserVoice page and let them know what you think of these changes or anything you would like to see implemented.


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Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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