Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 65 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.18
  • Total Downloads:
    91,644
  • Date Added:
    May 21, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    225
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Microsoft Remote Deskop is an effective free tool for managing remote-desktop connections from a Mac. Perfect for those who travel frequently, or those who have a Mac/PC environment at work that they need to interface with, this free app provides most of the basic tools necessary.

Pros

Fast and intuitive: Microsoft Remote Desktop's basic tools allow you to access your remote Windows desktop and open common programs, sort through files, and manipulate your machine from a Mac over an Internet connection. This is an invaluable tool.

Clean user interface: The interface is decidedly Mac-friendly, offering a range of tools that can quick-start popular Windows programs or folders that you use frequently on your PC. Whether you're booting up Remote Desktop quickly to access your machine or you're using it for long work sessions, the layout of the tools is effective.

Cons

Limited display options: The display options can be limited at times, with dock and menu hide options not available in certain configurations. Multiscreen support sometimes causes issues when you switch back to single-screen use, which can be frustrating when you're managing multiple apps or switching between interfaces.

Bottom Line

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac is a useful free tool that allows you to access your Windows programs and files from a remote Mac. That alone is reason enough to download it, if you work on both systems and need to move files between them often. Remote Desktop is not as robust as other paid tools, but for infrequent transfers or very basic needs, it gets the job done.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 33

3 stars

"Great except alt-key bug introduced in latest update"

March 17, 2015

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.14

Pros

Have been using this app for a few years. Great for working remotely on a Windows machine using your Mac. Except for the latest update, which disabled alt key combinations, working remotely on my Mac is identical to working directly on my Windows machine with an Apple wireless keyboard.

Cons

As noted in the "Pros," the latest update killed alt key combinations. So, for example, one cannot use alt key combinations to navigate within a dialog box in Microsoft Word. As I use key combinations frequently, this is a huge annoyance. In MS Office applications one can access the ribbon commands using the alt key, but one must first press the alt key, let go, and then press the second key instead of pressing them both simultaneously.

Summary

I would give it 5 stars but for the annoying alt key problem. Seems like a minor thing, but I use the alt key all the time.

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1 stars

"Updates are killing me!"

February 28, 2015

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.13

Pros

Multiple profiles
Easy to set up

Cons

Update of Feb 2015 has ruined my access

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2 stars

"Freezes All The Time!"

January 01, 2014  |  By jianthe

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.2

Pros

The UI to manage connections is really handy.

Cons

After the first patch, it just kept on freezing after a while. The timing seems to be random but it always happens after I switch to other windows. It's really annoying!

And the "Use all monitors" option is confusing when I use multiple screens. I don't want it but it's on by default.

Switching back to full screen doesn't fit the whole screen. I get the annoying scroll bar on the right side of the RDP window.

Summary

I hope they downgrade it back to the previous version. It's infuriating when I lose connection or it freezes. The features are kinda simple but still, it feels like this wasn't tested thoroughly at all.

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2 stars

"Works but Frequently Disconnects"

August 20, 2012  |  By JJBow27

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1.1

Pros

Great idea, and great tool for a Mac.

Cons

It disconnects all the time. So it makes working remotely really frustrating. This product could do with an overhaul...

Summary

Works infrequently, disconnects and needs some kind of update to make it more stable.

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3 stars

"Works most of the time"

February 18, 2012  |  By djenvz

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1.1

Pros

Pretty simple, does what it suppose to, feels like you'e really working on that pc machine remotely. Make sure to launch in full screen mode, had some issues working in other size window sessions.

Cons

Hangs up - sometimes from the very start of the remote session and you have to disconnect and reconnect again. For me only works on my Mac Air in 32 bit mode - can't work it on 64 bit mode. Have had it crash when disconnecting from the machine prompting the mac to do a 'report crash' window thing.

Summary

Overall, works great when it does work, wish it worked in 64 bit mode so I don't have to restart to 32 bit when ever I want to use it to get to my work laptop remotely.

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3 stars

"Works, but frequently disconnects"

August 06, 2011  |  By wscheets

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1.1

Pros

Works very well
Keyboard Mapping
Allows full-screen without dock
Flexible Sound options

Cons

DIsconnects frequently

Summary

I like if very much, except for the frequent disconnects. I also use an XP laptop using the windows version of the remote desktop software to the same remote computer, and never get these disconnects. No indication from the remote computer that it's doing the disconnect either. I'm currently using version 2.0.1.

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1 stars

"Crashes - I reverted to 2.01"

November 05, 2010  |  By RobertCorser

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1

Pros

None for this version - previous ones get 4 stars

Cons

Buggy won't connect

Summary

Previous versions work

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4 stars

"Very valuable!"

November 04, 2010  |  By Fastidious_Grimace

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1

Pros

Allows me to connect to multiple Windows PCs at my remote office without having to consume the limited resources of my Windows virtual machine to connect.

Cons

Not as reliable as the Remote Desktop Connection in Windows. There are several PCs to which I can only connect from a Windows PC.

Summary

The new version appears to offer no improvement compared to the previous version.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work with Windows 2000 server"

November 03, 2010  |  By ms_t_rie1

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1

Pros

Previous versions have been good.

Cons

This version immediately crashes when I connect to a Windows 2000 server.

Summary

I can't use this version at all. The 2.01 version works fine for everything I do, I restored it from Time Machine a few minutes after trying to get 2.1 to work. It consistently crashes immediately up on attempting to connect. I'll stick to what works.

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4 stars

"Does what it does well."

November 02, 2010  |  By explorerguy_dotmac

 |  Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1

Pros

Quick connection and interaction.

Cons

Tends to quit, inexplicably.

Summary

The best way I've found to connect to a PC.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.18
Fix for issues with concurrent connections using Gateway on Windows Server 2012 editions.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 21, 2015
Date Added May 21, 2015
Version 8.0.18
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Remote Access
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.93MB
File Name id715768417
Popularity
Total Downloads 91,644
Downloads Last Week 225
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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