Microsoft has been working on its Remote Desktop app for some time, placing the service in preview form over the last few months. The company has now announced the full version of the app that will be available to all end users in the coming week.
Remote Desktop is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application that gives users the ability to use the same apps and games through multiple form factors. This means it is possible to pick up where you left off on the same app for desktops, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and eventually Xbox One.
The full version of the app will be automatically rolled out to Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 users who had the previous version. One of the standout features is support for Microsoft Continuum, allowing full PC functionality on a Windows 10 Mobile device that is compatible.
Remote Desktop has been in preview form since its announcement, but the full version gets some new features:
Desktop connections are preserved
User names are preserved
Passwords need to be re-entered
Gateways are preserved
Remote resources URLs are preserved from Windows Phone 8.1 but require new sign in
Remote resources are not preserved from Windows 8.1 and need to be re-added
Some general settings are preserved
Those running the previous Windows 8.1 version of the app will notice the following features have been killed:
Multiple simultaneous connections
Dynamic resolution and rotation
Localized app (currently English only)
If you have been one of the Windows Insiders enjoying Remote Desktop in preview mode, you will be able to continue to do so. Microsoft said it will maintain the preview app as a proving ground for new features and to allow users to give feedback.