Use the new Microsoft Remote Desktop app to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your administrator. The app helps you be productive no matter where you are.

Configure your PC for remote access first by download the Remote Desktop assistant to your PC and let it do the work for you:

• Access remote PCs running Windows Professional or Enterprise and Windows Server
• Access remote resources published by your IT administrator
• Connect remotely through a Remote Desktop Gateway
• Secure connection to your data and applications
• Streamlined management of your connections from the connection center
• High quality video and audio streaming

Learn more about remote desktop apps at:

What's New

Version 10.2.1

In this release we enabled connectivity to Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined PCs. To connect to an AAD joined PC, your username must be in one of the following formats: “AzureAD\user” or “AzureAD\user@domain”.

In addition, we addressed some bugs affecting the usage of smart cards in a remote session.

If you encounter any errors, you can always contact us via Help > Report an Issue.

Ratings and Reviews

3 out of 5

294 Ratings

294 Ratings

Good tool with potential to be great


Definitely speedier than the 8.0 version, with a few minor UI glitches. When I hit view connection center in full view, I get locked into the remote session and have to quit (Cmd-Q) the app to get back to the Mac desktop. Also when I first launched the app, all of my connections were missing. I assumed I would have to rebuild them like the transition from MS Office 2011 Remote Desktop to Remote Desktop 8. I was surprised when I found the import option under the connections menu. The only improvement I would make is to ask on first launch if you want to import from Remote Desktop 8. If you are using Remote Desktop 8, I recommend this upgrade.

Update 1: The glitch I describe only happens if you pin the Connection Window to the Menu Bar. If it is not pinned it works just like Remote Desktop 8.0 and allows you to get back to the Mac Desktop without quiting. I like the Pinned menu, but until this is fixed, I need to leave it unpinned.

Developer Response

Please mail us at as we would like to better understand the pinning issue that you are hitting (so we can fix it if its a bug).

Getting Better- Still Some User Interface Issues


We are a Microsoft partner who delivers a SAS app to 100’s of users via remote desktop and remote app. More than half of our users are on Mac’s and use Microsoft Remote Desktop.
We have found Version 10 much harder to setup on users desktops because unlike the prior version where most of the information was in one place - now its spread around via access to dropdowns and in various locations. When we first started using this we had cursor disappearance and mysterious disconnects - and couldnt seem to get support

It seems that they have been working hard to bring this up to speed and improve support. We started retesting and found the most current release to be much more stable - just dont try to open a full session screen on a 5K iMac in High Sierra yet.

Developer Response

We have the v.10 app in the Store so you can use it and iron out these issues. Please contact us so we can work with you to resolve problems before the v.8 app is pulled from the Store. You can mail us at There is also a Slack MacAdmins group you can join to work with us 1:1 to get up and running.

Still Unusable

Randy Carpenter

There is no way to organize the connections. The only option is alphabetical. Also, the alphabetical sorting works off of the first letter, rather than the domain name, which is completely ridiculous. How am I supposed to organize the numerous different comapnies that I manage servers for?

This is pretty much a complete deal breaker since I have numerous hosts in many domains and I need them organized by company, not by the first letter (who thought this was a good idea???)

The groups thing is a nice idea, but there is no way to easily add hosts to groups. You have to “edit” each host and choose the group from the drop down. Very tedious and you still have the issue that they are not arrangeable at all. Alphabetical only.

Then, you have the fact that there is no way to globally change settings (like the default of using all displays and and full screen, which is dumb). Even if you import your settings from version 8, you still have to go to each host and manually change all of these settings. It is very frustrating.

Now that the version 8 client (which works perfectly fine, by the way) is deprecated, microsoft really needs to at least bring feature parity to this new disaster before completely abandoning the old, working client.

Also, to add insult to injury, the “Help / Report Issue” doesn’t even work at all. It brings up a window that does not let you type in at all.

Developer Response

There are many ways in which a PC name can be specified that does not include a domain, such as IPv4 address, IPv6 address and NetBIOS name. Groups are a more natural way to gather together related bookmarks. Version 10.2.2 will improve the usage of groups with drag and drop support and easier group creation. In addition we will offer more sorting options (grouping by username and gateway for example).

Manual sorting of items in thumbnail view and list view is coming in version 10.2.2.

The display default of starting in full screen aligns with the v.8 client. Using all monitors for the remote session is not a default setting. Likely what you are seeing is a product of how Spaces and multiple monitors are set up on your Mac.

If the "Report an Issue" feature is not working, you are welcome to mail us at and we can discuss your concerns in more detail.


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