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Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for iOS is Back After Bug Fixes

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After pulling their first release of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client 10.0 for iOS in over a year due to critical bugs, Microsoft has released an updated and fixed version 10.1.

Last week Microsoft Released the Remote Desktop Client 10.0 for iOS, but then suddenly pulled it without explanation.

Today, Microsoft released the Remote Desktop Client 10.1 for iOS and in response to my questions why the previous version was removed, Microsoft only told BleepingComputer that an issue has been fixed.

“We identified an issue and have since corrected it. The updated version with the fix is now live in the Apple App Store.” 

As spotted by Microsoft sleuth Tero Alhonen, the latest release’s version number has been incremented from 10.0 to 10.1. The release notes, though, contain no mention of what has been fixed and the changelog is exactly the same as the previous version.

It’s been well over a year since we last updated the Remote Desktop Client for iOS. However, we are back in the game with an exciting update, with many more to follow at a regular cadence from here on out. Here’s what new in this release:

  • Support for the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service.
  • Brand new Connection Center UI.
  • Brand new in-session UI for switching between connected PCs and apps.
  • New layout for the auxiliary on-screen keyboard.
  • Improved external keyboard support.
  • Support for SwiftPoint Bluetooth mice.
  • Support for microphone redirection.
  • Support for local storage redirection.
  • Support for camera redirection (Windows 10 1809 or later required).
  • Support for new iPhone and iPad devices.
  • Dark and light theme support.
  • Control whether your phone can lock when connected to a remote PC or app.
  • Collapse the in-session connection bar with a long-press on the Remote Desktop logo.

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.

So what was the bug?

While Microsoft has not publicly disclosed what the bug was in the previous version, we have have received numerous emails and comments regarding our previous article that may shed some light on the mystery.

According to one reader who posted a comment to our previous article and a reader who emailed us, the pulled Remote Desktop Client would wipe all of the user’s saved Remote Desktop settings.

“Its because it wipes all your saved config inside the app – it resets it to new – I managed to update before they pulled it”

Another user also encountered a similar issue, but after force closing the app and restarting it, their profiles were available.

BleepingComputer has once again asked Microsoft to confirm what has been fixed, but has not heard back at this time.

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