Remote Desktop app for Windows 10 losing its Preview status, entering production

Reading time icon 2 min. read

Readers help support Windows Report. We may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tooltip Icon

Read our disclosure page to find out how can you help Windows Report sustain the editorial team Read more

If you’re involved with providing technical support or just like to make use of remote machines, then you’re likely familiar with remote control apps like Microsoft’s own Remote Desktop App. This particular iteration of Microsoft’s remote control technology has been around for some time now, with the current production version in the Windows Store being a Windows 8.X app.

On the other hand, adventurous souls might be using the Remote Desktop Preview App, which has been the only way to access Microsoft’ Universal Windows Platform version of the app. All of that’s changing, however, as Microsoft will now start rolling out the Universal Windows 10 App as the official version for all Windows 10 versions, including PCs, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

There are some transition issues to keep in mind as you make the switch:

  • 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

Also, the official Windows 10 version will not support everything that was in the Windows 8.X version, such as:

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

If you want to remain on the cutting edge, then you can keep running the Remote Desktop Preview App. That too will transition to the Windows 10 version while continuing to receive new testing bits. If you want to remain on the production version, then install or retain the Remote Desktop app and you’ll eventually be upgraded to the Windows 10 version.

So, hang tight and hit that update button periodically. Let us know in the comments if and when you receive the new version and what you think of it.