RDPstands for Remote Desktop Protocol, it is Microsoft's proprietary protocol for remote desktops.
Click here to see how it compares to the other protocols.
There are open-source implementations available. The server generally runs on port
Microsoft Windows LimitationsAlthough the "client" software (for connecting to other computers) is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since
XP, the server component is not available in all versions.
It is not included in
XP Home, and quite a few versions of
7including, 7 Starter, 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium.
FeaturesWindow Switch can only use
RDPto connect to a Microsoft Windows machine and forward the desktop to the client's display.
Although there are other features and other servers, these are not supported at present.
(Mostly due to unnecessary licensing restrictions which have nothing to do with the technology)