What is the latest RDP client for Windows 10 and its alternatives

What is an RDP Client?

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a connection protocol developed by Microsoft to provide users with a graphical interface while connected to another computer over a network connection. The connecting user must deploy an RDP client software, while the receiving computer must deploy RDP server software.

There are several RDP Clients for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The available client apps for different clients are listed below:

Client App
Windows Desktop
Windows Desktop client
Microsoft Store
Windows 10 client
Android
Android client
iOS
iOS client
macOS
macOS client

The RDP servers are built into Windows operating systems and can be enabled through the Server Manager panel.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Assistant

You can download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop Assistant, and use it to enable Remote Desktop, hence allowing other devices to access your PC. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Download and install the Microsft Remote Desktop Assistant after accepting the terms and conditions.
  2. Click Accept and a Welcome screen appear. Click Got it.
  3. Click Get Started on the screen that appears next. It lists down all the changes that the tool will carry out on your computer including:
  1. Scan the QR code that appears on the screen next, save the connection as a file, or choose your option to proceed further to enable connection using Remote Desktop.

Your computer is now ready to be accessible from other devices. Install and use Microsoft Remote Desktop client on the device that you will use to connect to your PC.

How does Microsoft Client work?

For the RDP client to work, the receiving machine must have Remote Desktop connections enabled. There are 2 most common ways to enable the RDP connection:

1. Right-click on the Personal Computer icon on your desktop, click on Properties from the drop-down list, and then select Remote settings from the list on the left.

RDP Client

2. Navigate to your Start Menu and go to Windows Settings, click on the System icon, and from the list on the left select Remote Desktop and enable it.

RDP Client

Latest Windows RDP Client

Due to the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), Microsoft is working on patching some bugs that occurred from using their RDP Client to connect to WVD instances. Two of the RDP Client (1.2.605 & 1.2.535) releases were mainly focused on fixing bugs instead of introducing new features.

The latest 1.2.1104 update of Windows RDP Client has the following changes:

An enhanced RDP Client

Parallels Client, is a completely free RDP Client. It leverages RDP technology, allowing users to instantly connect to either simple RDS infrastructures or Parallels RAS Farms.

It’s an intuitive RDP client that enables multi-tasking on applications and desktops. Multiple connection settings can be stored and utilized so users can keep workspaces docked under the same application window (or undock them to work in another window).

Moreover, features not supported by the Microsoft RDP Client—such as drag and drop, multiscreen support, zoom, client group policy and more—are implemented to provide a top-class user experience.

The mobile client enables all native gestures of iOS and Android, offering the best mobile experience on the market. Touch ID and passcode features are available to increase data security.

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References

Remote Desktop Protocol | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol

What’s new in the Windows Desktop client | https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/windowsdesktop-whatsnew

Microsoft Remote Desktop Client | https://www.parallels.com/blogs/ras/microsoft-remote-desktop-client/

5 Best Remote Desktop Connection Managers | https://activedirectorypro.com/rdp-connection-manager/

Get Microsoft Remote Desktop Client | https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-remote-desktop/9wzdncrfj3ps