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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure RemoteApp now available on Windows RT

    My name is David Bélanger, and I’m a program manager on the Remote Desktop team working on Remote Desktop apps for the different Windows platforms. On May 12 th , we announced the availability of the preview for the Microsoft Azure RemoteApp service. Today, I am pleased to announce that the service is...
  • Blog Post: Dell announces new solution for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Last week Dell announced the Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace that can scale from ten to tens of thousands of seats. Dell’s platform supports the RemoteFX virtual graphics processing unit to provide a great end user experience, and demonstrates how the experience can be expanded...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Remote Desktop Apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android available for download

    My name is Olof Mases, program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team, and I am excited to announce, in addition to the General Availability of Windows Server 2012 R2, that our Remote Desktop apps for iOS , Mac OS X , and Android are now available for download from the App Store, the Mac App...
  • Blog Post: Get the best RDP 8.0 experience when connecting to Windows 7: What you need to know

    The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 update for Windows 7 provides many advantages for the remote work experience; for all the details, see KB2592687 . However, to benefit from the experience enhancements in RDP 8.0, you must configure your client and server correctly, as instructed in KB2592687 . So...
  • Blog Post: Mac RDP Source Code Now Available to RDP Licensees

    In a previous blog entry , we announced that Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) licensees now had access to RDP source code to help licensees make their own RDP clients. We've now expanded that source code to include not only the Windows RDP source, but the source for the Mac RDP client. As with the Windows...
  • Blog Post: RDP Client Reference Source Code Now Available to RDP Licensees

    As part of the RDP Client Licensing program, RDP licensees are now able to get reference source code for an implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol and its extensions. Important to note: This is for reference only. Copying is not provided. This is only for the client side of the Remote...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Protocol Licensing – How To Get the IP Rights You Need

    Companies that are creating an implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol set can license the Intellectual Property(IP) rights they need from Microsoft by signing the RDP Client License. Products that might need these rights to interact with Windows Remote Desktop Servers (Sessions or VM based) include...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Remote Desktop Protocol Performance Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 white paper

    With the growing trend toward desktop virtualization, it is Microsoft’s goal to provide enterprises with a flexible model for centralized computing, whereby the broadest range of client devices can help securely access company data and applications from any location on the network. As with Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Remoting Model in RDP 7

    There have been some recent changes for the RTM versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 related to where content is rendered (client or host) when remoted over RDP 7. Read on to learn more about what has changed, and how various types of content are remoted in the final version of RDP7. In pre...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 RDP Protocol Misconceptions – Part 2

    Hi, Nadim here again. Today we’re wrapping up our Top 10 list of RDP Misconceptions. So without further ado… 1) Myth: RDP is insecure; there is no encryption To be clear, this is totally false! RDP has always supported strong encryption and is by default encrypted! What has changed over the releases...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services at the 2009 MVP Summit

    Last week, Microsoft hosted the annual MVP Summit in Seattle and Redmond. The term MVP stands for Most Valuable Professionals. The Microsoft MVP Program is a worldwide award and recognition program that strives to recognize amazing individuals in technical communities around the world – these are individuals...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 RDP Protocol Misconceptions – Part 1

    Hi, My name is Nadim Abdo and I’m the development manager responsible for the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Since we first shipped RDP in 1998 with Windows NT Terminal Services Edition we’ve gotten lot of very useful feedback on RDP (please keep it coming!). But we’ve also heard a lot of ‘interesting...
  • Blog Post: Announcing RDP 6.1 Performance White Paper

    With the Windows Server®°2008 and Windows°Vista® operating systems, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP 6.1) enables new presentation and remote-oriented features such as Desktop Window Manager (DWM) presentation virtualization, 32-bit support, ClearType® display technology, and device redirection, together...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Terminal Services Easy Print: Part 1

    [Part I in a series. Jump to Part I , Part II , Part III ] Historically, printing redirection has been difficult for Terminal Services(TS) customers. To successfully redirect a given user's client printer to the terminal server, the proper drivers needed to be installed on both the TS client machine...
  • Blog Post: Bandwidth Allocation for Terminal Server connections over RDP

    Over a Terminal Server RDP connection, there are multiple applications (for example video, clipboard, printer output etc) that send data over the connection from server to client. On a low bandwidth connection these applications compete for available bandwidth. As a result, important graphics data, such...
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