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Microsoft Remote Desktop10.4.0

29 July 2020

Connect to Windows machines.


Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac is an application that allows connecting to virtual apps or another PC remotely. Discover the power of Windows with Remote Desktop designed to help you manage your work from any location over a network connection.


  • With Microsoft RDP client software, you can get access to a remote computer, while this PC must run RDP server software.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac gives you access to remote resources posted by your admin.
  • Ensure a secure connection to your data and apps.
  • Enjoy HD video and audio streaming.
  • Remote desktop for Mac redirects your clipboard, folders, microphones, and cameras.
  • Easily connect to several screens and projectors for presentations.
  • Manage local files on your Mac from your Windows apps with the Mac version of Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  • Download Remote Desktop for Mac to enjoy an exciting multi-touch experience maintaining Windows gestures.

What's new in Microsoft Remote Desktop

Version 10.4.0:

In this release we've made substantial updates to the underlying code that powers the Remote Desktop experience across all our clients. We've also added some new features and addressed bugs and crashes that were showing up in error reporting. Here are some of the changes you may notice:

  • PC Quick Connect (CMD+K) allows you to connect to a PC without creating a bookmark.
  • Auto-reconnect now helps to recover from transient network glitches for PC connections.
  • When resuming a suspended MacBook, auto-reconnect can now be used to reconnect to disconnected PC connections.
  • Added support for HTTP proxies when subscribing and connecting to Windows Virtual Desktop resources.
  • Implemented support for HTTP proxy automatic configuration with PAC files.
  • Integrated support for NETBIOS name resolution so you can connect to PCs on your local network more easily.
  • Fixed an issue where the system menu bar would not respond while the app was in focus.
  • Fixed a client-side race condition that had the potential to cause decryption errors on the server.
  • Made improvements to monitor layout and geometry heuristics for multimon scenarios involving Retina-class monitors.
  • Multimon layout configurations are now maintained across session redirection scenarios.
  • Addressed an issue that prevented the menu bar from dropping in multimon scenarios.
  • User account UI that interacts with the macOS keychain will now surface keychain access errors.
  • Hitting cancel during workspace subscription will now result in nothing being added to the Connection Center.
  • Added key mappings for CMD+Z and CMD+F to map to CTRL+Z and CTRL+F respectively.
  • Fixed a bug that caused remote apps to open behind the Connection Center when launched.
  • Worked around an issue where AAC audio playback on macOS 10.15 would cause the client to stall.
  • SHIFT+left-click now works in Unicode mode.
  • Fixed a bug where usage of the SHIFT key would eventually trigger the Sticky Keys alert in Unicode mode.
  • Added a check for network availability before connection initiation.
  • Addressed pulsing of PC thumbnails that occasionally occurred during the connection sequence.
  • Fixed a bug where the password field in the Add/Edit User Account sheet become multiline.
  • The "Collapse All" option is now greyed out if all workspaces are collapsed.
  • The "Expand All" option is now greyed out if all workspaces are expanded.
  • The first-run permissions UI is no longer shown on High Sierra.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to connect to WVD endpoints using saved credentials in the DOMAINUSERNAME format.
  • The username field in the credential prompt is now always prepopulated for WVD connections.
  • Fixed a bug that clipped the Edit, Delete and Refresh buttons for workspaces if the Connection Center was not wide enough.
  • The "email or workspace URL" field in the Add Workspace sheet is no longer case sensitive.
  • Usage of the AVC codec is now configurable (see note below).
  • Fixed a number of accessibility issues that impacted VoiceOver and keyboard navigation scenarios.
  • Lots of updates to improve interoperability with current and upcoming features in the Windows Virtual Desktop service.

Note, from a terminal prompt you can now configure the AVC support level advertised by the client:

1. Do not advertise AVC support to the server:

defaults write AvcSupportLevel disabled

2. Advertise support for AVC420 support to the server:

defaults write AvcSupportLevel avc420

3. Advertise support for AVC444 support to the server:

defaults write AvcSupportLevel avc444

Thanks to everyone who reported bugs and took the time to work with us to diagnose problems. If you encounter any issues, you can contact us via Help > Report an Issue.

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How would you rate Microsoft Remote Desktop app?

126 Reviews of Microsoft Remote Desktop

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22 January 2020
Version: 10.3.7

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Camera forwarding working bad. Sometimes can't start streaming, sometimes can't change to another camera
20 May 2020
Version: 10.3.10
From where can I download an older versionof this app? I'm running OSX El Capitan and newer versions of Microsoft Remote Desktop for MAC no longer works on my O.S. Thanks in advance
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22 January 2020
Version: 10.3.7
Camera forwarding working bad. Sometimes can't start streaming, sometimes can't change to another camera
10 November 2019
Version: 10.3.4
Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more info about Remote Desktop Services Remote . Web Development and Web Hosting company in Los Angeles
24 April 2018
Version: 8.0.43
NON app Store version available directly from Microsoft here (it also is a few versions ahead of MAS) this page primarily has Office downloads, but scroll down and you will see MRD. these are legit downloads, hosted on MS servers.
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18 July 2017
Version: 8.0.41
Even creating .rdp files on my PC and using the MRD app on my Mac to import the file results in no connection between the two devices. I just cannot fathom why this app refuses to work by manually entering the data or using the import function. If anyone knows what may be causing the problem I'd appreciate knowing how to get around it.
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18 January 2017
Version: 8.0.37
direct link to a beta NON APP STORE version provided by MS, this is legit. All credit and thanks to user @donikatz for pointing us in the right direction. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of this download, hockeyapp is owned by MS.
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10 January 2017
Version: 8.0.36
Microsoft RDP is good. Additionally, you may try tools like logmein, R-HUB remote support servers, TeamViewer etc. for remotely accessing computers from anwyhere anytime.
08 November 2016
Version: 8.0.36
Do not use this version. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta client directly from Microsoft, currently version 8.2.27 (you'll find it online, hosted on Hockeyapp, now a division of MS). Lots of improvements including much better UI. 4* is for the beta version, not this one.
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15 October 2016
Version: 8.0.35
I use this application every day at least 10-15 mins, Can somebody please change the subtitle? This is just ambigous: "Connect to Windows machines."

I believe it should be: Connect to Single Windows user's Desktop on Windows workstation and / or server
26 May 2016
Version: 8.0.32
Wow, only 1 update in an entire month, "bravo" M$.
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