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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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Full Specifications

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 External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 130,879
Downloads Last Week 73

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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