Microsoft Remote Desktop
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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
What's New
Version 8.0.5:
  • Fixed issue where "Access Denied" was returned during Windows Logon even though credentials were correct.
  • A number of bug fixes
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Microsoft Remote D... User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 8.x:
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Jhwade reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 8.0.5]

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Strych9 replied on 25 Mar 2014
Did you tried Teamviewer, it is great. Take a ride.
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pjmeli reviewed on 14 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 8.0.3]

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Mcr replied on 19 Dec 2013
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!
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_rick_v_ replied on 14 Mar 2014
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.
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Donmontalvo reviewed on 04 Dec 2013
Those can't do, steal. Let's hope Microsoft doesn't mess up this application by stifling development (read: Skype).

Don
[Version 8.0.2]


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MisterE commented on 30 Nov 2013
8.0.2 released Nov. 21, 2013
[Version 8.0.0]

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 30 Nov 2013
Thanks, MisterE! I've updated the listing.
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BrandynM7395 replied on 02 Dec 2013
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?
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bruceo7205 reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
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?
[Version 8.0.0]


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Stickman67 reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 8.0.0]

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Iamzam replied on 29 Oct 2013
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.
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Stickman67 replied on 29 Oct 2013
Thanks, Iamzam. That was the missing link I needed! My sincerest gratitude!
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Agrothey reviewed on 21 Oct 2013
Very easy to set up, much faster than the prior version. So far so good!
[Version 8.0.0]


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Virtualruffy commented on 21 Oct 2013
Anyone find a direct download link without the app store involved?
[Version 8.0.0]

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Simonandersen replied on 22 Oct 2013
Note exactly but http://derflounder.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/downloading-microsofts-remote-desktop-installer-package-from-the-app-store/
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Negritude replied on 22 Oct 2013
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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Donmontalvo commented on 20 Oct 2013
iTap is now Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Stickman67 reviewed on 11 Jun 2013
When it's working, RDC works well for me. I have no problems connecting to my work server, accessing files, printing, using the Internet, and so on. As a server client, it does everything I need it to do. If it is missing any features, I'm not really aware of it, because I've never had to ask it to do anything that it can't do.

And then it crashes ...

Or it doesn't crash while I'm using it, and I log off the server, and it crashes ...

It's not unstable to the point of being unusable, but it is certainly far from ideal in this respect.

It's been more than two years without an update, so the situation simply has not improved.

I'm now using CoRD, but would happily give RDC another go if I thought I could rely on it every time. For now, though, that simply isn't the case.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Lylehm had trouble on 22 Nov 2010
Attempts to make TS (admin mode) connections to Win 2000 server and Win 2000 Advanced server resulted in application crash... Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS

2003 servers are accessible with no problem. Re-installing version 2.0.1 of RDC restored functionality.
[Version 2.1.0]

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dadsfolk replied on 05 Jun 2011
Win2000 is no longer supported by Microsoft, and RDP 2.1 cannot access those machines.
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Jcherian had trouble on 07 May 2010
On a MacBookPro2,2, using Remote Desktop Connection 2.0.1 on Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2 (fresh install), I continue to experience freezeups in connections to Vista/Windows 7 where the connect session will freeze. During this freeze, I will go to a Mac terminal session and try to ping an IP address and get no response during the Remote Desktop Connection freezeup. Once the freezeup is done - within 30 - 60 seconds, the pings that did not respond all come in with 14000ms on each ping and then go back to normal with 1 ms ping times.

So Remote Desktop Connection freezeups are affecting or causing the network stack on the mac to freeze.

I thought this was related to my mac, but I never experience the issue when using CorD. Also, this thread at seems to agree with me?

Has anyone else seen this issue?
[Version 2.0.1]

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Jcherian commented on 07 May 2010
Sorry, the thread URL was stripped out of my post. IN the microsoft.public.mac.rdc newsgroup, the thread entitled "RDC 2.0.1 freezes and kills other network based apps in Remote Desktop Connection Client" seems to mirror my problem.
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viskwal had trouble on 23 Feb 2009
Typical of microsoft, international keyboards still don't work in the release version.

This has been reported over and over through the course of the beta.
[Version 2.0]


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Clueless had trouble on 12 Oct 2007
Help! I downloaded Mac RDC 2.0 Beta on my IMAC. No problems connecting with my remote PC but the maximum screen size of the remote desktop is 8" x 6" against my IMac 20" screen.

I worked extensively in graphics and have tried to figure out how to go to full screen (20") on my IMAC.

The normal method of dragging the lower right hand border of the remote screen does not work.

Can anyone assist? I am computer challenged so keep it simple, if possible.

Thanks much.
[Version 2.0b1]

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phripley commented on 19 Oct 2007
try this:

RDC > Preferences > Display > Remote Desktop Size
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grumpytico had trouble on 01 Aug 2007
How do I enable this?:

"...Multiple Sessions
Lets you connect to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time..."

I cannot find it anywhere on the program :(
[Version 2.0b1]

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grumpytico commented on 01 Aug 2007
Nevermind:

Remote Desktop Connection Client supports multiple simultaneous Remote Desktop Connection sessions. You can save the connection settings for different Windows-based computers to Remote Desktop Connection settings files, and double-click those files to open multiple sessions independent of each other.
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hybrid had trouble on 01 Aug 2007
Can't get this to work keep getting this error

The Mac cannot connect to the Windows-based computer

Can somebody please help me.
I'm running an Intel Duo Core iMac, trying to connect to Windows Vista.
[Version 2.0b1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 01 Aug 2007
From the product page here at MacUpdate:

The following Windows products support Remote Desktop connections:

Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Enterprise
Windows Vista Ultimate


You are trying to connect to one of those versions?
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hybrid commented on 01 Aug 2007
I have Vista Home
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 01 Aug 2007
then you are apparently out of luck... it will not work for you.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 01 Aug 2007
The reason it will not work is that Vista Home version is 'crippled'; does not allow for any network features whatsoever, or so I am told. And Remote Desktop Connection is definitely a network feature.
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zinneken had trouble on 08 Jan 2007
this application keeps on asking to do online registration. when going to online registration, it is asking for a valid product ID which you are supposed to get from the "about" menu. Guess what, there is no product id in the about menu.

Does anyone know how to get the annoying registration & agreement windows away?
[Version 1.0.3]


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mag4mag had trouble on 18 Oct 2006
I have a G4 PowerBooks Mac running OS X, and have connected it to my kids XP running PC via speed touch router.

The thing is I'm really worried about my kids activities on the internet, I'm sure you all know what I mean. My home network is fine and I can even enter my kid's pc and watch some folders that I allowed for sharing, such as the Internet history folders.

However I really want to monitor their display from my Mac without them knowing.

I have recently tried the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) from MS site http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient it works fine and I can actually view and use my kids XP on my Mac. However, when I log to my kids PC their display gets locked, and when they log in, I lose connection. In other words only when of us can view the XP display.

Can anyone please tell me how can I monitor my kids XP display via RDN when their on the net , without them knowing, form my OS X Mac?
[Version 1.0.3]


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Tim Jones1 had trouble on 09 Oct 2005
Works good with XP but I can not connect to a windows 2003 server. I get the message - "Either remote connections are not esnabled, the maximun number of connections was exceeded, or a network error occured. Try connecting again later or contact you administrator." But an XP machine will conect to the server.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Davedauwerse had trouble on 24 Apr 2005
Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later? why? the application is classic.
Downloaded it 4 times on different locations, still it stays classic.
My Powermac G4 doesn't support classic, now what?!
I just want to remote my pc from my mac, like apple remote desktop does, is there another way?
[Version 1.0.3]

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Anonymous commented on 25 May 2005
I'm not sure what's going on with your system, but this application is clearly not Classic. It's a Carbon application.

If it's trying to open in Classic, "Get Info" on the application and make sure the "Open in the Classic Environment" box is unchecked. If that fails, do a Google search for help, or check one of the various support forums.

In any case, giving an application a one-star review because your system is not behaving correctly is really uncool. Like many other posters have said, this application does one thing, and it does it well.
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Anonymous commented on 30 Aug 2005
It sure makes sense to rate an app with all 1 stars because its by Microsoft and you are too dumb to use it, does it? I have used this app in the past MANY times and it works like its Windows counterpart, it has feature parity as far as I can tell - it does the job and does it great!

Do yourself a favor and learn how to install things on your machine before you go around looking like a idiot blaming others for your lack of common sense to use something that clearly works.

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[Version 8.0.5]



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[Version 8.0.2]



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[Version 8.0.0]



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[Version 2.1.1]



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[Version 2.1.1]



Patrick-Lei rated on 21 Mar 2013

[Version 2.1.1]


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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 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


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