Remote Systems sample

Shows how to use the RemoteSystem class to discover and interact with other computers.

Note: This sample is part of a large collection of UWP feature samples. You can download this sample as a standalone ZIP file from, or you can download the entire collection as a single ZIP file, but be sure to unzip everything to access shared dependencies. For more info on working with the ZIP file, the samples collection, and GitHub, see Get the UWP samples from GitHub. For more samples, see the Samples portal on the Windows Dev Center.

Specifically, this sample shows:

  • Discovery: Discover a user's systems through proximal connections such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as discovery via the cloud. You can also filter devices to spatially proximal (i.e. devices that are discovered proximally and were found via a mechanism that conveys spatial proximity, such as Bluetooth). The systems all must be signed in with the same Microsoft Account (MSA).
  • Proximaly discover other users' devices. This will return all devices available via a proximal connection (including other users' devices that have their "Share Across Devices" setting set to "Everyone nearby").
  • Select discovered devices to see properties for them (manufacturer name and model name). These properties will be available only for your devices.
  • App Launch: Use RemoteLauncher to launch applications on a discovered remote system.
  • App Services: Use App Services with a discovered remote system to send messages between apps running on two systems.
  • Settings: Query the state of the "Share Across Devices" setting on the local system.
  • Capabilities: Check for capability support on the selected remote system. The sample checks for App service, Launch Uri, and Spatial entity capabilities.

Note The App Services scenario connects to the AppServices Provider sample. In order to run the App Services scenario, the AppServices Provider sample must be installed on the remote system.

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Remote Systems samples for non-Windows platforms

System requirements

Client: Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Server: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview w/ Desktop experience pack.

Phone: Windows 10

Build the sample

  1. If you download the samples ZIP, be sure to unzip the entire archive, not just the folder with the sample you want to build.
  2. Start Microsoft Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  3. Starting in the folder where you unzipped the samples, go to the Samples subfolder, then the subfolder for this specific sample, then the subfolder for your preferred language (C++, C#, or JavaScript). Double-click the Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  • To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or selectDebug > Start Without Debugging.