Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 63 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.0.9
File Size:
8.93MB
Date Added:
August 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
82,445
Downloads Last Week:
424
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 63 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 10
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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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  • 1 stars

    "Intel-only"

    October 26, 2010   |   By CyberSkull

    Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1

    Pros

    Can't use it, Intel-only.

    Cons

    The description is wrong. This application is Intel-only.

    Summary

    In the jump from 2.0.1 to 2.1 MS has dropped PPC support. The description here at C|NET is wrong.

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy as pie! I got it working in less than 5 minutes!"

    October 15, 2009   |   By utdarkviper

    Version: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.0.1

    Pros

    Really easy to set up.
    Takes only a few minutes.
    Secure.
    Very convenient!

    Cons

    When accessing a computer with multiple monitors, it only shows the main display on the remote computer.

    Summary

    This program is awesome! I can access my Desktop Windows computer from my Dell Mini 10v Mac install. This makes my life 100% easier!

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