Major Microsoft Remote Desktop update for iOS brings Windows Virtual Desktop support

Microsoft is updating its Remote Desktop app for iOS to version 10 (spotted via Tero Alhonen on Twitter), making it the first update to the app in over a year. The update is a major one that brings with it UI improvements, support for Windows Virtual Desktop and newer iOS devices, and much more.

Windows Virtual Desktop support is a nifty addition, as the service hit general availability in late September, and is used for multi-session Windows 10 experiences. The service is optimized for Office 365 ProPlus and can also let users ease the transition from Windows 7 by letting them run the operating system in a virtual environment.

For users that rely on this app to remote into work machines regularly, the update will be a welcome addition. The Remote Desktop team states in the changelog that it has been “well over a year since we last updated the Remote Desktop Client for iOS” and that it is now “back in the game” with this update. The company promises regular updates to the app moving forward.

Here is the changelog for this update:

  • Support for the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service.
  • Brand new Connection Center UI.
  • Brand new in-session UI for switching between connected PCs and apps.
  • New layout for the auxiliary on-screen keyboard.
  • Improved external keyboard support.
  • Support for SwiftPoint Bluetooth mice.
  • Support for microphone redirection.
  • Support for local storage redirection.
  • Support for camera redirection (Windows 10 1809 or later required).
  • Support for new iPhone and iPad devices.
  • Dark and light theme support.
  • Control whether your phone can lock when connected to a remote PC or app.
  • Collapse the in-session connection bar with a long-press on the Remote Desktop logo.

Additionally, users can report any errors or issues in the app through the Settings > Report an issue. You can head to the App Store to update the app here.

On an slightly related note, Visio has finally gotten a brand new icon, in case you were following such developments closely.

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