Tags and refer to the same thing. I think that should remain, since it is the official name of the functionality, also it covers more than just remoting into a Windows computer.

Possibly related tag:

  • They are the same thing, but one covers more than the other?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 14:31
  • @DanielBeck Yes. They are two names for the same, but with remote-desktop it is not obvious that it also covers functionality like FUS.
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 14:34
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    I disagree with using terminal-services: Microsoft currently refers to their official RDP server software as Remote Desktop Services, formerly "Terminal Services". Their official client software is currently referred to as Remote Desktop Connection, formerly "Terminal Services Client". and This version was released to manufacturing in July 2009 and is included with Windows Server 2008 R2, as well as with Windows 7. With this release, the server name was also changed from Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services. It's also the more visible/common name, which will help searches.
    – Bob
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 15:14
  • At first blush I read [remote-desktop] as an RDP or remote support client. [terminal-services] is a server side component, and can even include mainframe terminals, which has nothing to do with a desktop.
    – rtf
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 18:23

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Don't merge anything.

Remote desktop is a more generic concept than Terminal Services.

  • The tag remote-desktop has synonyms rdp and mstsc, which suggests it is intended for Microsoft Terminal Services
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 19:44
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    No, because the synonyms map to the Remote Desktop tag, not the other way round. Which makes sense, since for example there are more than 70 questions for Linux and more than 70 for OS X which also use the Remote Desktop tag. Remote Desktop isn't specific to Windows (or Microsoft, for that matter). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_remote_desktop_software – so, if at all, merge Terminal Services into Remote Desktop.
    – slhck
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 19:59
  • except that rdp and mstsc are terms for Microsoft Terminal Services, not for generic remote desktop.
    – kinokijuf
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 15:28

Merge into .


Merge into .

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