Microsoft’s RemoteFX raises the bar for remote connections

I remember hearing about Calista Technologies when Microsoft bought the company a couple years back. It looks like their work is about to see the light of day. This post from the Windows Virtualization Team Blog explains:

With Microsoft RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN. Their desktops are actually hosted in the data center as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or a session virtualization environment (formerly known as Terminal Services). With RemoteFX, these users will be able to access their workspace via a standard [Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)] connection from a broad range of client devices – rich PCs, thin clients and very simple, low-cost devices.


RemoteFX is not a new standalone product from Microsoft. Rather, it describes a set of RDP technologies – most prominently graphics virtualization and the use of advanced codes – that are being added to Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1; these technologies are based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies…

The idea that your PC and its full computational resources can be available to you anywhere is really exciting. Can’t wait to see this stuff close up.


4 thoughts on “Microsoft’s RemoteFX raises the bar for remote connections

  1. Shame it’s not available for RDP sessions to client versions of Windows. I wish MS would stop crippling (or leaving out entirely) RDP on the client editions.

    It’d be nice to get the full experience when I use my machine from another room in the house, and I’m not going to buy/install terminal services to get it.

    (That goes double given the bugs, lost features and general lack of polish present in Windows 7’s taskbar when Aero is disabled. Windows 7 really needs Aero to work best, but when I RDP into my Windows 7 Pro machine I don’t get Aero because apparently Aero remoting is only for Ultimate users. Not that you get a meaningful error message telling you why it doesn’t work, and not that any of this was made clear when people chose which OS version to buy. Frustrating.)

  2. I laid down my $1.00 ($0.99 for the app and $0.01 for the tax) at the Apple iTunes store. I will play with this later today, if I can find the time.

    I now have remote seven remote control applications on my iPod Touch:

    Air Mouse

    I may write a blog post comparing them.

  3. Sun/Oracle have been selling this type of technology for some time as the Sun Secure Global Desktop. We use it at my place of work – I’ve been able to access my work desktop from any Windows/Linux/Solaris computer with Java for a couple of years now. Internally this means we use Sun Ray thin clients linked to a VMWare server, and each ‘desktop’ is a Windows XP virtual machine.

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