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Microsoft Remote Desktop Reviews10.4.0

29 July 2020

Connect to Windows machines.

dmitriylifanov1
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
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patopattone
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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dmitriylifanov1
22 January 2020
Version: 10.3.7
Camera forwarding working bad. Sometimes can't start streaming, sometimes can't change to another camera
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oudel007
10 November 2019
Version: 10.3.4
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Mcr
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) 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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1.5
Neal
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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Mcr
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. https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/5e0c144289a51fca2d3bfa39ce7f2b06/
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bell-juliet
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.
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donikatz
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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ggt667
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
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ososX
26 May 2016
Version: 8.0.32
Wow, only 1 update in an entire month, "bravo" M$.
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ososX
12 April 2016
Version: 8.0.30
I'm a light user of RDC and it usually works OK when I need it - but FOUR updates in less than 30 days (8.0.27 on Mar. 15, 8.0.28 on Mar. 21, 8.0.29 on Mar. 31, 8.0.30 on Apr. 08), its annoying. Come on M$, get your act together!
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davidlawless
18 March 2016
Version: 8.0.28
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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higherterrain-com
12 January 2016
Version: 8.0.26
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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Virtualruffy
04 December 2015
Version: 8.0.25
There are several online articles on capturing app store installers from the app store. https://derflounder.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/downloading-microsofts-remote-desktop-installer-package-from-the-app-store/
Things have changed with each OS version since this article. There are newer locations of downloads which include:
/private/var/folders/zz/zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n0000000000000/C/com.apple.appstore/
/private/var/folders/zz/zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n0000000000000/C/PKInstallSandboxManager/5AF5AE82-B23B…(numerical string which may or may not be unique).activeSandbox/Root/Applications/
/Library/Updates/numbered folder beginning with zzzz031 or just 031 which may vary by OS version/safari9.0Yosemite.pkg
/private/var/folders/rz/x_s0shtd58q4k3k2s2k3c5br0000gn/C/com.apple.appstore/715768417/
And others. Only Root has access to some of these locations so you have to login as root to capture the installers. Which location they go to depends on OS version and whether the download is a 3rd party, Apple App, Apple system file or some other classification. If you spend a day capturing downloads you'll get the hang of it. Then there's the MAS receipt issue for the ilife/iwork apps...you'll find out. See https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/discussion.html?id=10240
But in short, using the above methods you can get the MS remote desktop installer to reuse and it won't be locked to an Apple ID.
You can also get the extra audio content for GB and Logic search for articles and also here:
https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/discussion.html?id=8751
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RandallJay
14 November 2015
Version: 8.0.24
Incredibly stupid to only make this available through the App Store. Mostly used by my corporate clients where we don't/can't use the App Store.
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Gent99
13 November 2015
Version: 8.0.24
Big kudos for the Mac BU at Microsoft: You're doing an amazing great job! I don't know, what to do without RDC on a mac.
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George6
26 October 2015
Version: 8.0.22
is this really ONLY available through appstore? i dont use the appstore. anybody with a direct link for it?
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Petieg
13 October 2015
Version: 8.0.21
Anybody know what Boost is? Looks like it's updated to v1.58 ...
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Mcr
01 September 2015
Version: 8.0.19
Latest 8.0.19 continues to show improvement and continues trend of reducing size of the app while improving functionality, which I respect as a developer. File size of app: version 8.0.5 - 67 MB version 8.0.16 - 38 MB version 8.0.19 - 15 MB REsource sharing is very stable. I use Royal TSX mainly in a large environment, but for small group or home, MRD would be fine, and actually wish Royal TSX matched MRD in resource sharing performance.
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Mcr
26 April 2015
Version: 8.0.16
Just an observation on file size of this app: MS Remote Desktop 8.0.5 67.9 MB MS Remote Deskstop 8.0.16 38 MB latest version is nearly HALF the size of one of the early initial releases, with improved support and performance. Versions in between also show a trending down in file size. The file size difference is directly in the executable (not the resources etc or language support for example. I tried MRD early on when it first came out and found it very rough around the edges... one might even say 'not quite ready for prime time'. The change in file size, as a developer, this kind of confirms that feeling that MRD was released before it was ready, and that there has been huge changes made in code optimization. You don't shrink the size of an app by nearly half, with basically minimal functional changes, unless you started with a very bloated, unoptimized bunch of code. Having said all that, latest version is actually quite usable. I personally use Royal TSX on my local LAN because for users with a large number of clients, it has nice organizational and grouping features. For a small shop, MRD is a good option (in it's latest versions, which are alot more stable) and free.
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richb1993
28 February 2015
Version: 8.0.13
Perfectly good RDP client for OS X. Works great on local networks and fine over the internet if you're comfortable setting up port forwarding. Performance is decent, although audio dropouts and general stuttering seem quite common. For a free bit of software though you can't go wrong. I've since switched to other software, but this is great for most users needs.
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Mac-lu
13 February 2015
Version: 8.0.13
Anybody know how to configure bookmarks to start Windows-based applications automatically on log in, as it was possible with the old MS Remote Desktop Connection?
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Donmontalvo
07 February 2015
Version: 8.0.13
Good thing Microsoft fired their Remote Desktop dev team and bought iTap. Lets just hope they don't ruin this application too.
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0.5
pexner
10 December 2014
Version: 8.0.12
Still english only GUI. What a shame. Only US-keyboard support? Impossible to use on non-US systems!
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isshmen
04 December 2014
Version: 8.0.10
I just downloaded this remote client. I just want to say I have create a tutorial on how to use it http://remotedesktop.co/create-remote-desktop-connection-mac/
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0.5
Maziman84
03 November 2014
Version: 8.0.9
latest version 8.0.10 from MAS: - "whats new" screen pops out every time I open app - saved connection deleted every time I open app - damn you Microsoft!!! do something proper or maybe do rather nothing
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Gent99
29 July 2014
Version: 8.0.8
As a Mac user in an heterogeneous business environment this is the best software one could use. For all those of you with home desktop connections, please stick to other tools. Professionals should use this in connection with windows terminal servers. RDC is the best software microsoft ever made for mac. Basta!
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0.5
Jweisbin
23 May 2014
Version: 8.0.7
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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3.5
Jhwade
15 March 2014
Version: 8.0.5
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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pjmeli
14 December 2013
Version: 8.0.3
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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Donmontalvo
04 December 2013
Version: 8.0.2
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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MisterE
30 November 2013
Version: 8.0.0
8.0.2 released Nov. 21, 2013
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bruceo7205
20 November 2013
Version: 8.0.0
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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Stickman67
25 October 2013
Version: 8.0.0
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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Agrothey
22 October 2013
Version: 8.0.0
Very easy to set up, much faster than the prior version. So far so good!
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Virtualruffy
21 October 2013
Version: 8.0.0
Anyone find a direct download link without the app store involved?
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Donmontalvo
21 October 2013
Version: 2.1.1
iTap is now Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.
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2.5
Stickman67
11 June 2013
Version: 2.1.1
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.
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2.5
Stilgar
31 May 2013
Version: 2.1.1
Nearly useless. This app is almost complete garbage IMO. It crashes or hangs constantly on multiple machines that I own, and you have to install the Microsoft Updater which is only best at updating itself. If Microsoft released updates for the rest of their Mac software as much as they did their Mac Updater maybe it'd be better. A co-worker showed me CoRD which is free and much, much better.
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2.5
MacHow2-Com
23 May 2013
Version: 2.1.1
There are far better RDP for Mac clients than Microsoft's available. CoRD and Jump Desktop in particular are excellent. Here is a useful extensive review of the best RDP clients for Mac: http://machow2.com/rdp-for-mac/
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0.5
Donmontalvo
21 November 2012
Version: 2.1.1
Version 2.1.1 does not support Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8). As always, Microsoft will not acknowledge the problem unless enough noise is made about it that threatens the livelyhood of the lead developer or manager. In other words, raise a huge, embarassing public stink and Microsoft might just get off their @r$e and fix the danged thing. Don Montalvo, TX
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elimqiu
20 April 2012
Version: 2.1.1
I used RDC from my snow leopard laptop to win2003 server. It's fine in most cases but sometimes it doesn't show the remote desktop after successfully login (or timeout re-login ) . When that happened, I can only force quite the app. Another thing funny I got disk permission problems, and I don't know how hurt that would be: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Support/Remote Desktop Message.app/Contents/Resources/Italian.lproj/UIAgent.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/LockScreenLeopard386.app/Contents/Resources/Italian.lproj/MainMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/RemoteDesktop.menu/Contents/Resources/zh_TW.lproj/RemoteDesktopMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Support/Remote Desktop Message.app/Contents/Resources/zh_TW.lproj/UIAgent.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/LockScreen.app/Contents/Resources/zh_TW.lproj/MainMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/RemoteDesktop.menu/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/RemoteDesktopMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Support/Remote Desktop Message.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/UIAgent.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/LockScreen.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/MainMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/RemoteDesktop.menu/Contents/Resources/ko.lproj/RemoteDesktopMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Support/Remote Desktop Message.app/Contents/Resources/ko.lproj/UIAgent.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/LockScreen.app/Contents/Resources/ko.lproj/MainMenu.nib", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are -rwxr-xr-x .
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dheerajes
19 January 2012
Version: 2.1.1
Remote Desktop Connection imac27" to Windows 7 I have a two imac21" & imac 27" local network imac21" working fine Remote Desktop connection (imac21" to Window 7/xp/2003r2) [OS-10.6.7 CPU-2.4Ghz core to Duo, HDD-150GB] imac27" could not connect remote desktop connection following message appear (Remote Desktop 2.1.1) The Mac cannot connect to the Windows-based computer. This problem can occur if: • The Windows-based computer is not set up to accept remote connections. • The Windows-based computer is not turned on. • The Mac, or the Windows-based computer is experiencing network problems. Try connecting to the Windows-based computer again, or contact your administrator. imac27" OS-10.6.7 CPU-3.6 Ghz core to duo Ram-4GB HDD-1TB
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thoand01
02 September 2011
Version: 2.1.1
You can´t connect to computer that has IPV6-address !!, this is strange for a windows product.
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AG4IT
28 June 2011
Version: 2.1.1
You can try Ericom Blaze, a software-based RDP acceleration and compression product that accelerates RDP performance by up to 25 times and delivers higher frame rates and reduces screen freezes and choppiness. Ericom Blaze works with any standard RDP host, including VDI, Terminal Servers and remote physical machines. You can read more about Blaze and download a free evaluation at: http://www.ericom.com/ericom_blaze.asp?URL_ID=708 You can also check out a demo of someone using Blaze to connect from a Mac to a Windows PC: http://ericomguy.blogspot.com/2010/12/video-of-ericom-blaze-on-mac.html?URL_ID=708
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luctremblay
20 June 2011
Version: 2.1.1
I just update my Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2.0.1 to the new version 2.1.1, Now in my principal app ERP most of my icon are black, the radio buton don't work, be lucky before install the new 2.1.1 I backup the 2.0.1 , now try to find on the web the version 2.0.1... update mean go up ????
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dadsfolk
06 June 2011
Version: 2.1.1
I used this (included in Office 2011 for Mac) for several months, and was very happy with it. I established a VPN session, then could connect to any of the Windows 7 or Server 2008 servers in our office or our site, quickly and with no problems. I'm using a 27" iMac, and even using 2520x1440 for my workstation window, I had no speed issues. It did crash once or twice during that time while I was using it - I shrugged, reopened the session, and continued. More irritating were the times it crashed when I closed the session by clicking the close button on the window. The window hung around, black, until I force quit RDP. The other irritation was the opaque way it handled stored connections, and routinely overwrote them. The reason I had to stop using it, however, is that our IT department now rejects attempts to use VPN from non-corporate machines, so I have to RDP through a gateway. There appears to be no way to configure this client to use a gateway, so I've had to fall back on the version on my Windows 7 VM, which has full functionality.
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1.5
Hanchau
24 May 2011
Version: 2.1.1
Basically no different than the previous version, except that it crashes far more often. About once an hour.
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Donmontalvo
20 May 2011
Version: 2.1.1
Of course Microsoft AutoUpdate doesn't mention this update is available. Microsoft. Fail. Again. Don Montalvo, TX
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durrie
17 January 2011
Version: 2.1.0
Anyone know if this RDP client or any others out there work with TS Gateway like Microsoft RDP Client 6.0...so I can connect to my Windows box from home accross the internet?
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