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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 8.0.13

General improvements


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Customer Reviews

Works better than VirtualBox

I have been using VirtualBox for a small number of Windows applications that I need to continue to use, but the virtual machine just doesn’t have the horsepower to give a usable experience. I seriously considered buying a cheap Windows box to continue with these applications, but the other day I thought about putting a Windows server at AWS - one that I could launch as I need it, which would be less than 2-3 times a week for maybe a total of 3 hours a week - and it would take years to come close to paying for even the cheapest Windows computer using this method. Using Remote Desktop was extremely responsive and I am thrilled to have this option - now I don’t even have to have that dirty feeling of knowing that I have a virtual Windows machine running even in a sandbox on my Mac!

Works okay, lacking some features

The Windows Remote Desktop client works alright, I can't say that I have any stability or dropped connections with it, but there are two things that keep me from giving it more than three stars:
1.) It's not completely compatible with .rdp files. For example, I use several Azure instances. In the Azure portal there's a connect to server option which will send a dot RDP file through your browser. It works great with Windows Remote Desktop, but the Mac version will try to connect and never succeed.
2.) Shared storage of Connections. I have several computers that I use and several computers that I manage. I would like to be able to configure Remote Desktop to save it's connections in a shared location: e.g. Dropbox, iCloud, One Drive, etc. so I could have all of my connections synced across my machines.

It works better than RDP on Windows

I am not sure why people give negative feedback on this product. It’s free and works quite well. I am running it everyday on Yosemite with absolute no trouble at all. In fact, I think it works better than its equivalent on Windows. I have the desktop wallpaper enabled and the performance is just great. No, I am not a Microsoft bigot and simply trying to be fair.

Microsoft Remote Desktop
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  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2015
  • Version: 8.0.13
  • Size: 12.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Microsoft Corporation

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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