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Microsoft Remote Desktop

By Microsoft Corporation

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With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Getting Started
In order to successfully connect to a Windows PC, please read the FAQ first at

•Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
•Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
•Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
•High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
•Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
•Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
•Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications
•Support for Azure RemoteApp

What's New in Version 8.0.18

Fix for issues with concurrent connections using Gateway on Windows Server 2012 editions.


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Customer Reviews

As usually Microsoft needs to focus on testing and logic design

Having worked for many years with Microsoft for long time in ’90 and then dumping them for Apple privately (and home family business) now I have to work in corporation with Windows and RDP I see the same quality issues. RDP like just other tools seem to be like written by lost kids while alternatives outside Microsoft by solid developers work better. This RDP client cannot adjust to imposed local resolution of the screen (free CoRD for example can do it easily not to mention many commercial clients). Honestly, I do not care if in my office I have three monitors and some funny video card, beacuse at home I can have one big Retina that easily substitutes for multpile monitors. I need RDP to adjust to those local resolutions and not shrink picture vertically while horizonatlly having proper resolution. At minimum we need to work properly with older resolutions 1680x1050 and 1920x1080. Those are basics that Microsoft engineering needs to start understanding before their product is on the same level as those from alternative vendors. Microsoft please get focus a bit - it does not take much to stay focused on fixing and make it work nicely before bringing newer and “greatest” product that everybody needs to learn from the beginning.

Lack of basic feature (copy+paste into guest) and other usability issue

In ability to copy+paste or have custom key-mappings work in the guest machine are major obstacles for using this with any regularity (mostly because of long, randomly generated passwords that are painful to enter manually). At best, it’s a last-resort option when I _do_ happen to have the desired connection mapped _and_ don’t want to wake my Windows VM for real RDP.

Also no ability to ‘quick connect’ (as in CoRD, and Remote Desktop Manager in Windows) for ad-hoc connections is big missing feature that I would use frequently.

UI\Design flow for adding or editing connections is awkward as there’s no button to confirm your changes - you just click the red ‘x’ dismisses the create\edit form and trust that it did what you asked. A ‘confirm’ or ‘save’ button that automatically dismisses the create\edit for would be a much more intuitive and less-jarring experience.

Better than the windows version

As I use this I find myself wishing the windows version of the app was this powerful. Keeping all your connection saved in one screen instead of saved as desktop shortcuts is awesome. The connection is fast and looks great on the mac.

I’m a full time developer and I regularly switch between my mac and my work pc. This app seamlesly connects me to the pc and all the windows servers I need access to with a simple and easy to use UI.

My only grievence is the lack of suport for multiple monitors. That aside the mac version of rdp is far better than the native windows version.

Microsoft Remote Desktop
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  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.0.18
  • Size: 14.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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