Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac Released !

image Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 features a redesigned user interface, improved customization options, and the ability to connect to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time. The following table lists the latest improvements to Remote Desktop Connection.

  • Universal binary - Runs on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs.
  • User interface and menu bar - Simplifies the connection window and expands the menu bar to include menus for common tasks (File, Edit, View, and Help). Application preferences are now located on the RDC menu.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 - Improves performance and compatibility with Windows Vista.
  • Multiple sessions - Connects to multiple computers when you save a connection file for each computer. Use the new File menu to open new, saved, and previously opened connections and to manage all changes to connection files.
  • Better customization than Remote Desktop Connection 1.0 - Accepts changes to application preferences, such as keyboard shortcuts, during a Remote Desktop session. Changes take effect the next time that you connect.
  • Automatic reconnection - Reestablishes a remote session when the network connection is lost.
  • Screen sizing options - Runs the Remote Desktop session in a resizable window or in full-screen mode.
  • Printing - Prints your Windows-based documents to any printer that is connected to the Macintosh computer.
  • Network Level Authentication - Verifies the identity of the Windows-based computer before establishing a Remote Desktop connection. You can select this option when you connect to a computer that is running Windows Vista. Network Level Authentication is more secure than authentication options in earlier versions of Windows.
  • Wide-screen resolution - Provides settings for improved resolution on wide-screen displays.
  • Server console sessions - Speeds login when you specify "console" as part of the computer name.

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Comments (7)

  1. DJVeer says:

    Yes! Finally!

    Thank you Microsoft for this!

  2. CJ says:

    is it only for internal networks, or can this be used across the internet?

  3. Keith Combs says:

    Networking is networking.  Assuming you can reach the ip address and the firewalls aren’t blocking the RDP protocol in use, then the answer should be yes.

    This is going to depend largely on whethor this is a corporate or home environment.  Many of the companies will have that protocol secured to a specific group of users.  Don’t expect access without permission.

    In the home environment with consumer grade routers and firewalls, you’ll likely need to open the protocol to a specific machine.

  4. CJ says:

    Thanks for the response.  Incase anyone is interested, I did some searching and found that remote desktop uses port 3389 according to

    I’m going to open that port on my router and try it out.

  5. Diana says:

    I have an XP PC with a DSL router connected. Just recently purchased a laptop for my daughter which is running on Vista. When we first set it up it found the DSL router and connected to the internet wirelessly with no problem. But after she took the laptop out of the house and came back it can no longer find my router to connect to. I’ve checked all the standard stuff that basic support tells you to check. The laptop has no problem connecting with a Lan cable but cannot find the wireless connection. After this problem started we travelled out of town with the laptop and connected to the hotel wi-fi with no problem. But still cannot connect at home. Any ideas how to fix this?

  6. Keith Combs says:

    Diana, are you saying the new laptop connected to your home wireless network at one point in the past and worked, now it doesn’t?

    What happens when you go into Vista Control Panel, then Networking and Sharing Center?  Do you see a strong signal indication?

    If you go to the bottom right corner of your Windows Vista taskbar, do you see a little network icon with a globe?  Can you right mouse click it and click the "Connect to a network" menu item?  If so, do you see your home network name?

  7. pingaloca1 says:

    I am having problems getting RDC to work using my XP computer name. I am able to get to the computer through the IP address though. I would like to use computer name as I am on a DHCP router and the IP changes often. Any help would be appreciated.

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