Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Beta Available Now

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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  • Yes Please add RD Gateway - I need to support MAC users on our RDP server

  • Dear MS, we really need RD Gateway support from MAC, i am sure this is the simple feature for you, just push one of your teams on that to get it solved.

    remoteApp works like a charm and is the InTheCloud enabler, and having Mac users our of it is breaking the whole idea and close the markets also for MS.

    Or at least provide the statement if we shouldn't wait for it, if this is in progress, or if this is planned and the ETA is... Don't keep us blind.


  • Please add RD Gateway - I need to support MAC users on our RDP server

  • TSG support++

  • Are we still waiting for RD Gateway Support for the MAC?  I need this for our Mac clients ASAP.

  • Please for the love of god add TS Gateway support. Wait that's to old add RD Gateway support.

  • I'll echo the request for RD Gateway support, but has anyone found a reasonable alternative?

  • TS Gateway support required.  Do I really have to buy itap rdp for this?  This should have been added years ago.

  • Please add TS Gateway. Please. please please...

  • TS Gateway please! Without it it's almost worthless...

  • Because there is no TS gateway support in the RDC client on the mac we cannot support our customers who running most of their apps on MS platform. When we epxplain the issue to them they are usually very disappointed in MS that this (allready relatively old) feature has not yet come to the mac RDC client. It's hurting our business but it's also hurting MS's image.

    So please just implement TS gateway supportom the!!! ;-)

  • Come on Microsoft... cant be that hard to add TS Gateway functionality to the mac client.

  • About 115 posts requesting TS Gateway..

  • Dear Microsoft RDP Team

    We have more and more Customers that are asking to connect to our RDP Serverfarms over a Mac. TS Gateway functionality in the Mac RDP Client would help us a lot. At the moment we must provide a separate Server that is accessible over an RDP port. Even some RDP Clients on iPAD, Android, or Windows Mobile do provide TS gateway functionality. Pleas help us Microsoft Advocates to give our customers what they need.

  • Have several customers in the same position - have MACs for one reason or another (some legitimate some not).  Thinking current thinking is to virtualize a copy of Windows 7 under the MAC OS and provide this function through Windows...  Perhaps this is why Microsoft is dragging their feet; able to sell more copies of Windows this way.  

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