Microsoft Remote Desktop
Microsoft Remote Desktop
10.3.3

3.3

Microsoft Remote Desktop free download for Mac

Microsoft Remote Desktop

10.3.3
29 September 2019

Connect to Windows machines.

Overview

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 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 Microsoft Remote Desktop

Version 10.3.3:

First, we've added user defaults to disable smart card, clipboard, microphone, camera, and folder redirection:

  • ClientSettings.DisableSmartcardRedirection
  • ClientSettings.DisableClipboardRedirection
  • ClientSettings.DisableMicrophoneRedirection
  • ClientSettings.DisableCameraRedirection
  • ClientSettings.DisableFolderRedirection
And here are the bug fixes:
  • Resolved an issue that was causing programmatic session window resizes to not be detected.
  • Fixed an issue where the session window contents appeared small when connecting in windowed mode (with dynamic display enabled).
  • Addressed initial flicker that occurred when connecting to a session in windowed mode with dynamic display enabled.
  • Fixed graphics mispaints that occurred when connected to Windows 7 after toggling fit-to-window with dynamic display enabled.
  • Fixed a bug that caused an incorrect device name to be sent to the remote session (breaking licensing in some third-party apps).
  • Resolved an issue where remote app windows would occupy an entire monitor when maximized.
  • Addressed an issue where the access permissions UI appeared underneath local windows.
  • Cleaned up some shutdown code to ensure the client closes more reliably.

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Mcr
24 April 2018

Most helpful

NON app Store version available directly from Microsoft here (it also is a few versions ahead of MAS) https://macadmins.software/ 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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Version 8.0.43
Mcr
24 April 2018
NON app Store version available directly from Microsoft here (it also is a few versions ahead of MAS) https://macadmins.software/ 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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Version 8.0.43
2 answer(s)
Dolphinboy2u
Dolphinboy2u
10 May 2018
Very helpful, Mcr, thank you!
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jw33533
jw33533
07 June 2019
Have you tried using logmein, R-HUB remote support servers etc?
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Neal
18 July 2017
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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Version 8.0.41
1 answer(s)
Mcr
Mcr
19 July 2017
Hmm, I've had no problems exchanging rdp files back and forth between RDC (Windows 10 and 8.1), MRD, as well as Royal TS and Royal TSX.

I don't think the file should be the issue, it's just a text file with tags; I would investigate in the area of file or user permissions, or if transferring over a WAN or LAN. I store my rdp files on a file server so i can access from multiple platforms. Have not had any issues. Download a trial copy of Royal TS for Windows and import the RDP file, and see what happens.

At the end of the day though, to be honest, I prefer Royal TSX to MRD, ALTHOUGH in coming versions of MRD Microsoft is planning to add resource sharing, including file transfer, and that will be nice
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Mcr
18 January 2017
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. https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/5e0c144289a51fca2d3bfa39ce7f2b06/
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Version 8.0.37
2 answer(s)
higherterrain-com
higherterrain-com
22 May 2017
Do you really want to with all the NSA written malware that might be on a Windows Desktop, even though at this time it doesn't effect a Mac
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Mcr
Mcr
15 June 2017
Not a question of do I or anyone else want too....For those people, for either personal or business reasons, have to interact and connect to Windows PCs, it's a moot boot. You gotta do what you gotta do. I love Macs, but the reality is, the war is over, this is a Windows world, at least on the desktop, and certainly in the workplace.
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bell-juliet
10 January 2017
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.
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Version 8.0.36
donikatz
08 November 2016
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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Version 8.0.36
5 answer(s)
Mcr
Mcr
18 January 2017
Your post is both helpful and useless. I have searched hockeyapp.com up and down with no indication of a download; a link from you would be helpful. Does it require a sign up for HockeyApp or purchase of Hockeyapp app to gain access to the Remote Desktop client? I suspect maybe the tool is provided only to Hockeyapp developers as part of the dev tools, which makes sense, as testing Hockeyapp would often involve being able to test from a Windows desktop.

If you can provide more details, or a link, Thanks in advance, on behalf of many users, as I'm sure I'm not the first one who has tried to locate it.
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donikatz
donikatz
18 January 2017
Sorry, wasn't sure links were allowed. If you google "microsoft remote desktop mac beta" the first result is the hockeyapp link (which I'd mentioned just so people would know which one I'd meant). Here it is, hope this works: https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/5e0c144289a51fca2d3bfa39ce7f2b06/
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Mcr
Mcr
18 January 2017
Everyone, here is a link, don't know how 'permanent' it is:
https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/5e0c144289a51fca2d3bfa39ce7f2b06/

As I suspected, unless you have a hockeyapp user account, you would never find this, unless you were given the direct URL. In this case, MS was helpful enough to post a direct link via a technet article I found doing a google search.

According to technet article this beta does not have all the features of the release version; one feature that is missing that is mentioned is remote access to resources is not available. i've not tried it out yet, so not sure what else might be missing. Here is the technet article, if the direct link ever changes to the beta, hopefully it will be updated here:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/03/30/remote-desktop-client-preview-for-mac-supports-multiple-monitors-and-more/

@donikatz, thanks for pointing us in this direction, and I apologize for using the word 'useless'; frustrating was probably a better word. Peace.
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donikatz
donikatz
18 January 2017
I guess you didn't see my follow-up comment in time, where I provided the direct link and gave the simple google search criteria. In any case, happy to help. RDP Beta is 10x better than the current release version. Enjoy! :)
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Mcr
Mcr
18 January 2017
no problem donikatz. I posted a new comment with the link so people would see it at the very top of this page, and gave you all credit and thanks for showing us the way. Thanks again. As far as posting links on macupdate, for the most part as long as the links are intended to be helpful, MU usually doesn't mind. Obviously they won't tolerate links meant for advertising, promotion, warez, piracy, etc, and rightfully so.
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ggt667
15 October 2016
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
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Version 8.0.35
ososX
26 May 2016
Wow, only 1 update in an entire month, "bravo" M$.
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Version 8.0.32
1 answer(s)
edum7697
edum7697
22 July 2016
but no fully french keymap remap !!!
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ososX
12 April 2016
I'm a light user of RDC and it usually works OK when I need it - but FOUR updates in less than 30 days (8.0.27 on Mar. 15, 8.0.28 on Mar. 21, 8.0.29 on Mar. 31, 8.0.30 on Apr. 08), its annoying. Come on M$, get your act together!
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Version 8.0.30
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George6
George6
12 April 2016
Even more if you get forced to use the crApp-Store!
MICROSOFT, PLEASE PROVIDE A NON-APPSTORE LINK !!!
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davidlawless
18 March 2016
Be aware that Microsoft removed the spaces in between the name, it's now MicrosoftRemoteDesktop, and it breaks the dock icon, requiring you to drag the revised app to the dock. Royal pain for corporate admins...
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Version 8.0.28
higherterrain-com
12 January 2016
I wonder if Microsoft is ever going to be able write a piece of software without having to issue at least a dozen updates before they almost get it right. Office 2011 is a good example. It like Flash has nothing but holes all through it that they should plugged before releasing it.
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Version 8.0.26
Free

3.3

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  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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