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Today, we are announcing the general availability of the Remote Desktop web client for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 Preview. With a few simple PowerShell cmdlets, the client can be added to an existing Remote Desktop Services deployment, side by side with the RDWeb role.

This first release of the web client contains a core set of features to get you started in providing a simple, no-install, consistent cross-platform solution to end users who don’t need some of the more advanced features from a native client.

The following features are currently available:

  • Access desktops and apps published through a feed
  • Single sign-on
  • Print to PDF file
  • Audio out
  • Full screen and dynamic resolution
  • Copy/paste text using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V
  • Keyboard and mouse input support
  • Localized in 18 languages

The web client is supported on Edge, IE11+, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers for desktop platforms like Windows, macOS, Chromebook, and Linux.

Excited and just want to get started now?

Head over to our installation instructions page to learn about the new PowerShell cmdlets now available in the gallery. These cmdlets make it easy to deploy, configure, and maintain the web client.

Curious about how your end users will access the Remote Desktop web client? Read Access the Remote Desktop web client for an overview of the client and its functionality.

Want to know when a new version is available and what it contains?

Here are a few ways you can keep track of new developments for the web client:

  • Twitter: Like to keep on top of tech news through social media? Follow @msremotedesktop on Twitter.
  • PowerShell: Scripts are the way to go? You can use our PowerShell cmdlets to query for the latest version and take action.
  • Documentation: Want to learn about the changes in each version? Consult our What’s new page for all the details.

Think the web client can be improved?

Send us your thoughts. This release is only the beginning, and we want to enable much more functionality with the web client as time goes on. We’ve already gathered some feedback from the public preview—but we want to hear from you. Head over to our suggestion box to vote for new features you’d like to see added or request your own.

Come see us at Microsoft Inspire

Are you one of our partners attending Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this week? Then stop by booth AI23 Monday through Wednesday in the Azure Infrastructure section for a live demo, ask some questions, or just say “Hi.”

You can also learn more about Remote Desktop Services in Azure by attending our live session:

  • Title: Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Partner business opportunities hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure
  • Code: AP148p
  • Timeslot: Wednesday, July 18, 2:303:30 PM
  • Room: Oceanside Ballroom G