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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

What's New in Version 8.0.5

•Fixed issue where ”Access Denied” was returned during Windows Logon even though credentials were correct.
•A number of bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Do not auto update

As with all Microsoft products, if you rely on this app, DO NOT ALLOW IT TO AUTO UPDATE. I was automatically updated to the latest version, 8.0.5, and now, while I can connect to a stand alone system, I am unable to connect to any Terminal Server farms. While this app does have some nice features, it is obviously written by a company that has no idea how to properly design interfaces and does not care about ease of use. I find it very cumbersome to use with multiple sessions active because you can’t switch directly to another session with hot keys, instead you HAVE to use the menu bar. It is also confusing when adding new sessions because there is no indication it will save or has saved any updates.

Could use better instructions/help

It took me a while to get the settings right, but I finally figured out that I had to add the 443 port to the end of my network’s (SBS 2008) server address. Once I did that, I haven’t had any issues and am so happy to be able to log into our (Windows 7 Pro) computers from my MacBook Air, from home and while literally walking around the office.

Besides not being the friendliest to get (help to get) the settings right, I think it’s a great app and am glad Microsoft took this on!

Much improved as compare to earlier RDP clients

I was able to resolve my issue of computer not known or access errors, while using the previous version of RDP. This worked with non standard port, It took around 10 minutes of playing to learn basic settings. Still not sure if we can control the windo size, font size as good as we do it with RDP on windows machine.
I still like it and it is great to see such connectivity as I was having to connect to my desktop and also vm machines in azure,
Great work.

Microsoft Remote Desktop
View in Mac App Store
  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2014
  • Version: 8.0.5
  • Size: 24.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Microsoft Corporation

Compatibility: OS X 10.6.0 or later

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