Remote Desktop for Windows 10 coming out of Preview for all

Microsoft is confident its popular Remote Desktop app for Windows 10 and Mobile is ready for primetime. The company just announced that the official version in the Store should be pushed to the production build today if you download it and as an update later on.

Interestingly, the company is also keeping the Preview version alive for those who like some excitement in their remoting lives. The reason for the Preview version continuing is because not all the features from the 8.1 app are present in the new Windows 10 one. Just like Insider rings the Preview Remote Desktop app will be updated more frequently with newer features, but may contain more bugs.

Here is what works in the official Remote Desktop App:

  • 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

Here is what is not working, but is on the roadmap to be added:

  • Multiple simultaneous connections
  • Dynamic resolution and rotation
  • Printer redirection
  • Smartcard redirection
  • Microphone support
  • Localized app (currently English only)

Microsoft also notes that you can have both versions (official and preview) installed on the same device, which would give you the most flexibility.

You can grab both or either from the links below. Both are available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.