Microsoft Remote Desktop just gained a lot of new features in its first iOS update of 2020

Brad Stephenson

Microsoft Remote Desktop app

After its major redesign in November and its following update in December, the iOS Microsoft Remote Desktop app has updated yet again, for the first time this year, with another significant update loaded with new features and improvements.

While there’s a lot happening with this new update, the more-noteworthy parts include the added support for RDP files and URIs connections, the addition of collapsible workspace headers and links to supported devices, and the removal of a force-touch gesture in the Mouse Pointer mode.

Here’s the official release notes with all of the changes:

It’s 2020 and time for our first release of the year with new features and bug fixes. Here’s what is included in this update:

  • Support for launching connections from RDP files and RDP URIs.
  • Workspace headers are now collapsible.
  • Concurrent zoom and pan is now supported in Mouse Pointer mode.
  • A press-and-hold gesture in Mouse Pointer mode will now trigger a right-click in the remote session.
  • The force-touch gesture for right-click in Mouse Pointer mode has been removed.
  • The in-session switcher screen now supports disconnecting, even if no apps are connected.
  • Light dismiss is now supported in the in-session switcher screen.
  • PCs and apps are no longer automatically reordered in the in-session switcher screen.
  • The hit test area for the PC thumbnail view ellipses menu has been enlarged.
  • The Input Devices settings page now contains a link to supported devices.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Bluetooth permissions UI to repeatedly appear at launch for some users.
  • Fixed crashes that were showing up in error reporting.

We’re committed to making this app the best Remote Desktop client for iOS and value your feedback. If you encounter any errors, you can contact us via Settings > Report an Issue.

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