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With Microsoft Remote Desktop, 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.

Features:

  • 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 more...

What's New

Version 8.0.7:
  • Now requires OS X 10.7 and a 64-bit Intel processor
  • Update for Microsoft RemoteApp

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Strych9 Member IconReview+56
Strych9
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Doooo... is it a rule for them to make crap?
Use Teamviewer, fast, simple, does not care of proxy, firewall... give a number to the other person(s), that's all.

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Version 8.0.7
Gent99
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...and costs a few bucks, if used commercially. Sometimes there's nobody there to give you a number to connect to the system.

Jweisbin Member IconReview+31
Jweisbin
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It logs off the current user when you connect, so useless IMHO. Use RealVNC on Windows, Remotix or JollysFastVNC on Mac. Or Logmein.

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Version 8.0.7
Teg Bains
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That's the way it is supposed to work on a client Windows OS. If you use it with a RDS Windows Server, it supports concurrent connections.

Jhwade Member IconReview+10
Jhwade
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I've found both version 8 and the previous version to lack stability in many instances, and both can take several tries at first, especially when logging-into server platforms.

I switched to CoRD and am having a much better experience.

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Version 8.0.5
Strych9
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Did you tried Teamviewer, it is great. Take a ride.

pjmeli Member IconReview-8
pjmeli
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Not very useful if you have Win 7 Home Premium…it won't work unless you have Pro or Ultimate.

Can't rate it if I can't use it.

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Version 8.0.3
Mcr
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pjmeli: By design, all 'home' or 'basic' versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7 and 8) do not support Remote Desktop Connection, i.e. you can't remote into them using ANY Remote Desktop app that uses the Microsoft Remote Desktop protocol, whether it's Microsoft (this app), CoRD, Remotix etc. The functionality simply isn't available/enabled in Home and Basic versions to recognize or accept an incoming connection regardless of what app is sending it on the other end.

There are other features as well that aren't available or are limited in the Home/Basic versions of Windows, hence why they are called 'Home/Basic', intended for single user deployment in non-network/multi computer environments, and also why those versions cost less than Pro/Ultimate/Enterprise versions.

If you haven't tried already, an alternative for you if using Windows Home on the Host, is a VNC-based product. It will require that you install a VNC client (on the PC that will remote in) AND server (on the PC you want to control), but it should work. If you've already tried VNC and weren't happy another alternative might be to use something like LogMeIn or TeamViewer, which may seem like overkill to connect two local network machines, but they do have the advantage of allowing connections between machines totally separated and not on the same network, without all the hassle of fiddling with router and port configurations. It won't be as fast as a direct local connection like VNC or Remote Desktop, but it's an option. Good luck!

_rick_v_
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pjmeli: "Can't rate it if I can't use it."

Then why'd you rate it?!

Mcr is right. This is intended to connect to servers, or Windows Pro and above. The fact is, this product works, and it works well. And I'm glad to have an official Microsoft version to do it. It's annoying to have a product down-rated by people who don't know what the hell they're doing.

Donmontalvo Member IconReview+1281
Donmontalvo
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Those can't do, steal. Let's hope Microsoft doesn't mess up this application by stifling development (read: Skype).

Don

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Version 8.0.2
MisterE Member IconComment+529
MisterE
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8.0.2 released Nov. 21, 2013

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Version 8.0.0
MacUpdate-Jess
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Thanks, MisterE! I've updated the listing.

BrandynM7395
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The latest patch is totally hosed for multiple monitors. Unfortunately I applied it before reading the App Store reviews. Is there a link anywhere to the previous version?

bruceo7205 Member IconReview+0
bruceo7205
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Using a MacBook Air version 10.8.5. The curser disappears in the window's "window" when the program Remote Desktop for Mac is running. Curser appears as the it moves into the non-Microsoft part of the screen. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Version 8.0.0
Stickman67 Member IconReview+162
Stickman67
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This seems to be much more robust than Remote Desktop Connection (RDC), and I can do almost everything I need to do. (My needs, I might add, are generally quite simple – access documents, work on them, save and print.)

The big shortcoming of this over RDC is that there is no obvious (to me, anyway) to "[a]ccess local files on your Mac from your Windows applications" (as listed in the Features of the application).

Accessing files from my local hard drive and using them in the Windows Server environment is a major part of my workflow. Workarounds, such as storing files in cloud-based environments and accessing that way, add steps and complications that direct access to files (such as was available in RDC) neatly avoided.

In general, then, a very good piece of software. Just the one, rather glaring omission, from my point of view.

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Version 8.0.0
Iamzam
+2

The feature you are talking about is still there in this version, it's called redirection, or "folder redirection".

When you create a new connection or edit an existing one, its there under the Redirection tab next to the General and Session tabs.

Redirection is not a very descriptive name for it seeing how it was located in RDC under "Drives".

Anyway, you basically pick a Mac folder which will be mounted on the Windows side as another drive, next to the C: drive or removable/network devices.

Stickman67
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Thanks, Iamzam. That was the missing link I needed! My sincerest gratitude!

Agrothey Member IconReview+3
Agrothey
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Very easy to set up, much faster than the prior version. So far so good!

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Version 8.0.0
Virtualruffy Member IconComment+211
Virtualruffy
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Anyone find a direct download link without the app store involved?

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Version 8.0.0
Simonandersen
+1

Note exactly but http://derflounder.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/downloading-microsofts-remote-desktop-installer-package-from-the-app-store/

Negritude
+1

There's a solution here:

http://derflounder.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/downloading-microsofts-remote-desktop-installer-package-from-the-app-store/

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Gent99
Version 8.0.7
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Version 8.0.5
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Undeadpony
Version 8.0.5
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Tacticeric
Version 8.0.0
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Version 8.0.0
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Version 2.1.1
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Version 2.1.1
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Version 2.1.1
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Version 2.1.1
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Version 2.1.1
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Downloads 404,058
Version Downloads 6,915
License Free
Date 23 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free