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Typing the characters

RDS HTML5 webclient update 1.0.1 – fixing the AltGr issues

RDS HTML5 webclient update 1.0.1 – fixing the AltGr issues


With the launch of the HTML5 Webclient for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2016, Microsoft has released a great feature.
Because all existing software can be used inside any browser, without rewriting the application.
We wrote an introduction about the Webclient, which you can find here: https://blog.aspex.be/en/microsoft-remote-desktop-client-first-look

Public Preview to GA

In July, when the Webclient went from Public Preview to GA (version 1.0.0), several updates were included in this release.
Some highlights:

  • Single Sign On (SSO) experience for the users
  • Time Zone Redirection
  • Improved sign-in experience
  • Improved error messages & handling
  • Copy&Paste text through the clipboard using Ctrl+C & Ctrl-V
  • etc

Update 1.0.1 fixing the AltGr issues

Despite all these great features, there was still an big issue, especially for European users: the AltGr keystrokes did not work correctly (or at all).
So for most European keyboards, you could not type @, , { or any character using the AltGr key.

But now, Microsoft freshly released update 1.0.1 for the Webclient, fixing this bug.
(at the time of writing this blog, the release notes are not yet online, but you should be able to find them here: What’s new for the Remote Desktop web client?)

Typing the characters

I installed the update on my existing deployment and I’m able to type all these characters inside the Webclient!

How to update?

When you want to update your current Webclient, you just have to follow these simple steps:

  • Open an elevated PowerShell prompt on the RD Web Access server
  • Download the latest available version of the web cient
  • If you want to test the update first, you can Publish the client to Test slot in your deployment using this cmdlet:

    You can access this Test deployment using this url: https://<<Your-Deployment-FQDN>>/RDWeb/webclient-test/index.html
  • If you tested the update and want to put it online, you can use this cmdlet:


That’s it, your deployment is updated to version 1.0.1, with all bugfixes, including the AltGr fix.

Next generation architecture & HTML5 for RDS hosting

Next generation architecture & HTML5 for RDS hosting


I already gave a small quote on LinkedIn about the cooperation between ASPEX and Microsoft about optimizing hosting Windows desktops and applications on Azure.
I’m glad to announce that the news is made public at the Inspire conference in Washington DC: Next generation architecture for RDS hosting

Next generation architecture for RDS hosting

We (the ASPEX team and myself) will continue to cooperate closely with Microsoft, giving feedback and ideas on how the Next generation of RDS hosting would look like according to us, what our partners/customers expect now & what they want for the future.
We will endeavor to be able to test & implement this next generation architecture from the very beginning, and provide feedback to Microsoft to make this the “…new architecture that enables you to create the next generation of services for your customers, while taking your business to the next level of efficiency and growth…”


Here are a few important elements about this new architecture:

  • “…The RDS modern infrastructure components we are showcasing today extend the current Windows Server 2016 RDS to enable partners to address new markets segments and customers while reducing the cost and complexity of hosted Windows desktop and application deployments…”
  • “…adding a new RD Diagnostics service…”
  • “…
    • Both single and multi-tenant deployments, making smaller deployments (less than 100 users) much more economically viable, while providing the necessary security of tenant isolation
    • Deployments on Microsoft Azure, on-premises equipment, and hybrid configurations
    • Virtual machines or Azure App Services can be used for deployment


HTML5 web client!

Another important new element: a HTML5 web client will be included in the new architecture.
“… The new infrastructure will also include a web client that allows users to connect from any HTML5 browser. The web client, combined with the other RDS modern infrastructure features, allows many Windows applications to be easily transformed into a Web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application without having to rewrite a line of code. …”

Updates coming soon

More information and updates will come up on my blog in the next weeks/months.

Official release: