Microsoft has released a Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 Update for Windows 7 SP1. The update is available through the usual distribution channel – windows update. You can use this update on Windows 7 with RDP 8.0 update currently installed and don’t need to uninstall previous version.
The update can also be applied for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 systems. To verify that the package is running you can check it on the small remote desktop icon in the top-left corner of the appli and select About. The message should say that the “Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 is supported”.
But for the admin’s good part there is a good news. The new client has a support for session shadowing where the admin is able to use the session shadowing feature to follow and troubleshoot the user’s problems….
What’s New in the RDP 8.1 client software?
- Full support for transparent windows
Some applications such as Microsoft Office 2013 draw transparent windows or borders. RemoteApp programs that draw transparent windows or borders now appear the same as local applications.
- Moves and resizes of RemoteApp windows
These operations are more responsive, and appear and behave like local applications. The content in the application is displayed while the application is moved.
- Thumbnails, aero peek, and live taskbar
These features work the same in a RemoteApp program as they work locally.
Windows 7 SP1. And also the following updates must be installed:
2574819 An update is available that adds support for DTLS in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
2857650 Update that improves the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections features is available for Windows 7
You should be able download individually the packages for x86 or x64 from this Microsoft KB article here , but at the time of writing the download is not available. It’s possible that this is due some problems with smartcard readers, as some users has reported that the patch broke the smartcard readers functionnality and the option is not appearing for users.