Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Beta Available Now

Greetings from the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft! We appreciate the interest many of you have shown about the new RDC client for Mac. As announced on Mac Mojo blog a couple of weeks ago,  we released a public beta version of Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) Client for Mac 2.0 on Tuesday July 31st. RDC for Mac lets you connect to a Microsoft Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer. The 2.0 Beta includes the following new features:

  • Universal Binary
    Runs natively on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0
    Provides better compatibility with Windows Vista, improved security features, and many other improvements.
  • Multiple Sessions
    Lets you connect to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time.
  • Improved User Experience
    Provides a true Mac experience and improved usability.
  • Improved Customization Options
    Lets you change application preferences, including keyboard shortcuts, while you are running a session. Changes take effect the next time that you connect.
  • Dynamic Screen Resizing
    Lets you resize your session window or switch to full-screen mode during a session.
  • Improved Printing Support
    Supports all configured printers on your Mac. No longer limited to PostScript printers.

Currently, RDC for Mac 2.0 (Beta) is only available in English, and supports only US English keyboards. Technical support is not available for this beta release.

For more information, including a list of known issues, see the Read Me for this application. After you install RDC for Mac 2.0 (Beta), open it, and then on the Help menu, click Read Me.

This Beta release expires on March 31, 2008.


Go to this download page to get the RDC 2.0 for Mac beta build, which comes in .dmg format. After opening the disk image, double-click the Install Remote Desktop Connection package to start the installer and follow the install steps. Note that this is the same build as the pre-beta, and you do not need to reinstall if you already have the pre-beta build.

Submitting Feedback

We want to read your bug reports and suggestions! Please submit feedback at the RDC Connect site You will need to sign in with a Windows Live ID to submit feedback. Read these tips for submitting bugs & suggestions, then click the Feedback link on the left. To discuss RDC beta issues with your fellow beta testers, please use the RDC public newsgroup microsoft.public.mac.rdc. You can access the newsgroup either by a newsreader or a browser.

Please remember all bugs must be filed through the MS Connect site. Due to limited resources on the MacBU RDC team, we will not be able to respond to all the public beta feedback. But rest assured that we will review all that you send our way!

Again, thanks for your interest. We cannot wait to hear about your impression of the new Mac client!

-David Liu and the MacBU RDC team


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  • is there a tool available to connect from a xp client to mac also ?

    thanx alot

    tim braun

  • Tim, there is currently no tools for connecting to a Mac desktop.

  • How can I use TS Gateway settings for this version on a Mac? I do not see anything for setting this up in preferences. Thanks.

  • @tim - if you need to connect to a Mac from a PC, Timbuktu works nicely, though it's not free. VNC is also an option, though not as versatile as Timbuktu.

  • @tim try logmein free,  I use it to connect from mac to pc, and pc to mac.  The mac client is a beta but works like a champ

  • That will be a very useful tool for me. Thanks.

  • Does this version work at all with Windows XP or Vista Home versions?


  • If you realy want feed back on the beta , make it simple.  You should not force people to get threw several levels of web pages , ask them to read how to file good bug reports , and then ask to sighn up for live , and so on.    

    The way it is:

    Help->Send Feedback-> popup with pointer to web page ->

      ( ) - > Get Live Id  or read fileing bug reports , click on left to leave feedback.  

    This actualy doens't exist.

    It should be:

    Help -> Page with 2 fields and send buton (  email address + comment for me to fill out) .   If you don't get my feedback you can send me mail to ask for detailes.

    I wanted to leave feedback , but all this crap made me change my mind.    

  • installing Terminal Services Client 6.0 update on your xp machine appears to break the Mac remote desktop client....  I can still connect to the XP machine via RDC from an XP or Server 2003 machine but no longer from my Mac.  I now have to Remote into my server then from there remote to my XP.  

    Same thing happened when I updated to Terminal Services Client 6.0 on the server.

  • Any idea why I can not get to my local mac hard drive.  Any other drive connect to my macbook shows up fine (USB-flash drive, or CD).  Is it a possible conflict with parallels or 10.5??  It's quite frustrating.  I've also tried going back to RDC1.0  It doesn't seem to be a sharing issue either.

  • @JZSlenker: You'll probably have better luck asking on the microsoft.public.mac.rdc newsgroup.



  • Nice upgrade.  I have one question - when I connect from my Mac with a 30" screen (2560x1600), I can't get better than 8-bit color depth if I choose "full screen".  If I choose "1440x1050" then I get 24-bit color.  I'm connecting to 2003 server.

    Is this a TS or RDC limitation, or is it possible   that the server has a cheapo video card in it somehow influences the capabilities of TS sessions?

  • Very nice upgrade!

    I would like to be able to use it in my work environment, but am unlikely to get the new version approved for use without being able to get technical confirmation of the security settings the app uses - I presume like the Windows equivalent, it would be using 128-bit RC4 encryption? Would it be possible to use SSL tunnelling to avoid man-in-the-middle attacks?

    Also, as a matter of curiosity, what was the most recent version available before the current beta, and is it still available for download somewhere on the MS site? (e.g. I still have a copy of version 1.0.1 (build 030206) but it might have been surpassed because of security issues or something similar)

  • When connecting to a Windows 2003 Terminal Server from my iMac running OSX 10.5.1 with the RDC 2.0 for Mac, the time on the Terminal Server is 1 hour behind my local machine (both the server and the iMac are in the same time zone +1 GMT)- any known work around?

  • Hi there, nice update, but the hangings/locks while using VPN are very annoying. Making this tool unusable to me.

    Cheers, Alex

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