The world’s favorite operating system right now, Windows 7, is not exactly Microsoft’s favorite platform when it comes to adding new features and options. This distinction is reserved for Windows 8.1.
But while Redmond ever so readily releases security updates for Windows 7, the company also lets out some feature updates now and then. The most recent one to come from the House of Windows is exclusive for Windows 7 SP1 users.
And it allows them the ability to remotely connect with a Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 machines. This is a new version of the official client that has been rolled out as a non-security fix a few days back, as the KB2830477 update. Details of which are below:
“These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 7 experience. We recommend that you apply all of these updates as part of your regular maintenance routines. Failure to install all of the packages listed above could leave your machine in an untested state.”
Microsoft obviously did not mention things in detail, but as this report states this refreshed flavor offers faster reconnections, dynamic resolution changes, session shadowing to go with improved security.
The patch is currently being delivered via Windows Update, and if you have them turned on, you will not have to do anything to get the new Remote Desktop Connection client. Just keep in mind that it is only available for Windows 7 with SP1 deployed.