Remote Desktop for Windows Phone

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  1. Sync Connections across all my devices

    Save my connections to OneDrive so I can get to them easily from my phone or my Surface without having to reenter them.

    291 votes
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    • Make it easier to connect from anywhere

      Allow me to connect from anywhere to my home or work PC without worrying if it's behind a router or other NAT type device.

      From Alan (Original idea)
      Well, to be honest, I dont even know how to use remote desktop. No idea... What IP address?? For a person who doesnt know how to use it means the app is useless. I have both WP and Android phones. Google's remote desktop works awesome! You just need to have gmail and done. You do not need to be in the same WiFi. Works like charm.
      Hopefully, Microsoft's remote desktop will be…

      191 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you Alan for the feedback. I renamed the suggestion. Keep the vote coming to show us how important this is.

      • Let user change resolution

        Let user choose resolution before connect. Full HD and 4K devices are getting common and make no sense to connect with their full resolution. Everything is too small and just a waste of bandwidth. It's needed on every platform (wp,android,ios)

        183 votes
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        • Allow me to discover all the machines connected to my Microsoft Account

          Make easy connect to a PC or Tablet Running Windows 8.1 or RT if that devices are connected to my Microsoft account.
          Maybe can put a login with microsoft account section on the Remote desktop app, that automatically list all your devices running Windows 8/RT for a instant connection.

          125 votes
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          • Semi-transparent keyboard support

            Since the keyboard takes a lot of space, it would be nice if the keyboard was semi-transparent to see what's going on behind it.

            95 votes
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            • 82 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                If the feature is added natively in the Windows Phone platform, we will look at supporting it in Remote Desktop.

              • Download Files to Phone/Tablet

                I would like to connect to my desktop remotely, and download files to my phone. Like, videos or other media. I don't want to have to go to my computer and drag and drop a file over that is too large or just isn't in my OneDrive.

                So, add an option to "Download file to current device".

                64 votes
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                • redirect of local resources

                  When connecting the following could be set on a per connection basis or globally in settings.

                  Shared clipboard,
                  File transfer,
                  Redirects for smartcard \ NFC reader

                  61 votes
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                  • 60 votes
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                    • Add groups for computers to nest in.

                      Much like Remote Desktop Connection Manager that has groups, so that the computers listed will be much better organized.

                      49 votes
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                      • Stream display to Miracast (or from Chromecast) & use phone as Trackpad

                        Remote desktop on a small phone is useless. However, let us stream the display to an HDTV, and the situation greatly improves.

                        Now, I could login to work from a hotel tv, and be somewhat productive. My eyes stay on the tv, while my phone is simply a trackpad/keyboard.

                        44 votes
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                        • Ability to open RDP files

                          Currently Remote Desktop app does not support initiating connections with RDP files. Many companies has their own custom portals to distribute RemoteApp and Desktop connections this is why I think this feature is important.

                          42 votes
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                          • Need VPN SSL Support

                            Right now Remote Desktop is useless because I have to be on the network to use it. That would be fine if there was a VPN SSL app like the Cisco AnyConnect that would allow me to access the network from anywhere. But still waiting.

                            38 votes
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                            • Shutdown

                              Allow me to shutdown, restart, sleep, etc my computer via the Remote connection

                              35 votes
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                              • Support portrait mode

                                I'd like to be able to connect and interact with my session while the phone is in portrait mode. Feel free to leave a comment with specifics as to why.

                                33 votes
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                                • 30 votes
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                                  • Allow Remote Desktop to run without locking the remote PC

                                    This would allow me to control my laptop connected to the TV from a greater distance.

                                    29 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      The primary focus for Remote Desktop is to take over the remote PC and give you a full experience as if you were sitting there. This scenario is lower priority but leaving active for now.

                                    • Enable remoting to Windows Home and Windows RT editions

                                      Currently, it is only possible to remote to Windows Pro and Enterprise editions. I'd like to be able to remote to my Windows Home or RT editions.

                                      28 votes
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                                      • support unicode characters in user name

                                        Login fails when the user name contains special characters. Standard desktop RDP client handles such user names correctly.

                                        25 votes
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                                        • Concurrent sessions to multiple devices.

                                          Allow me to have concurrent sessions active to multiple desktops and be able to switch between them easily.

                                          23 votes
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