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What is a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Client?

RDP, commonly known as Remote Desktop Protocol, is a Microsoft connection protocol that enables people to connect to some other computer and view a graphical user interface over a data connection. RDP client software must be installed on the connected user's computer, while RDP server software must be installed on the receiving machine.

Windows Server Windows Tutorials Sep 30, 21 by Nisal N 4 min Read
What is a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Client?

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2 all have RDP Clients. The following are the client applications that are accessible for various clients:

Client

App

Windows Desktop

Windows Desktop Client

Microsoft Store

Windows 10 Client

Android

Android Client

iOS

iOS Client

macOS

macOS Client

HTML5

HTML5 Client

What is the Microsoft Client and how does it work?

Remote Desktop connections must be enabled on the receiving system for the RDP client to operate. The RDP connection can be enabled in one of two ways:

Step 1: 

  • Right-click on your desktop's Personal Computer icon
  • Select Properties from the drop-down menu
  • Go to the Remote settings from the left-hand list
  • Select “Allow remote connections to this computer” 
  • Click on Apply and click OK

If you don’t have the My Computer icon on your desktop, you can use the following steps:

  • Open any folder and right-click on This PC
  • Click on Properties

  • Select Advanced system settings

  • Select the remote tab
  • Select “Allow remote connections to this computer” 
  • Click on Apply and click OK

Step 2:

  • Go to Settings from the Start Menu 
  • Then click on the System icon
  • Then select Remote Desktop from the list on the left.
  • Toggle the switch to ON

Updates for version 1.2.1954

  • When users will click on "Disconnect all sessions" in the system tray, the client crashed.
  • On a single monitor with a base station, the issue has been addressed on a problem where the client wouldn't go full screen.
  • With better client logging, diagnostics, and fault classification, administrators may now handle connection and feeding problems.
  • Teams on Azure Virtual Desktop has received updates, including the following:
    • A hardware accelerator for video processing outbound video streams has been enabled for Windows 10-based users.
    • When attending a conference with both a front-facing and a rear-facing or peripheral webcam, the front-facing camera will be utilized by preference.
    • On x86-based computers, an issue caused Teams on Azure Virtual Desktop to fail during loading.
    • During screen sharing, a problem that caused striations was fixed.
    • Some attendees in meetings were unable to see incoming video or screen sharing due to a bug.

An enhanced RDP Client

Parallels Client, an enhanced RDP client, is a completely free RDP client. It employs RDP capabilities to instantly connect users either by basic RDS infrastructure or Parallels RAS Farms.

It's a user-friendly RDP client that allows you to multitask among apps and desktops. Clients can store and reuse various connection settings to keep workplaces parked together under the application window or undock them to operate on some other screen.

Furthermore, features not available in the Microsoft RDP Client are introduced to provide a better user experience, such as drag & drop, multi-screen capability, resize, user group policy, and much more. The mobile client supports all native iOS and Android gestures, providing the greatest mobile experience available. To improve data security, Touch ID and passcode functions are offered.

Conclusion

Hence we understood what is Remote Desktop connection Clients and the various types of RDP clients available for different systems. We also learned how to turn on the RDP client in Microsoft windows and improvements in the latest edition of RDP along with enhancing the RDP client interface.

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Nisal N

Computers has always fascinated me since I was a kid and here we are. I love travelling for 2 reasons: the first one to see a new part of the world and second (the most important one) to experience the rich culture hidden among the country and people. I'm pretty good at cooking but very poor when it comes to baking.

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