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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  • Does Mac RDC client support Terminal Services virtual channels like Windows RDC.

    I want to port my Windows channel plugin for MAC also. How to do it?


  • Copy/Paste within the client stops working CONSTANTLY.  The only solution seems to be to exit and re-launch.

    I don't care about integration with the Mac clipboard if it comes at the expense of mostly not being able to use copy/paste within the Windows client.  Is there some way to turn off the native clipboard integration so this doesn't happen anymore?

  • Does this client support connecting via TSG using smart card?

  • Any news on TS Gateway support for Mac RDC 2.0? Our company is moving away from Cisco VPN and will use TS Gateway exclusively. MacOS users will no longer be able to connect remotely.

  • Glyph and bitmap caching in Mac Remote Desktop doesn't seem to work as well as in the Windows client.  Remote Desktop is much less responsive overall.

    Clipboard issues in the Mac version makes one wonder how clipboard is handled in Mac OS X.  There are a lot of areas where Mac OS X falls short, could this be one of them?  As the linked post indicates, this was a shortcoming in XP that was fixed in Vista.

  • Why no support for TS Gateway in the new RDP client

  • Yes, the TSGateway support for Mac client is an obvious omission from the v6.1 implementation of the RDP client.  I know this was intentional but would be interested to know if this is on the roadmap or a piece of functionality MS doesnt intend to include.



  • I use the mac client 2.0 build 80530 to connect to a vista home machine. It works find. But recently I get frozen screen on the client, then after a while it tells me the remote computer has disconnected and asks me to reconects again. the reconnect works but after 10 minutes this happens again and again in an endless cycle.

    I have no idea what bothers it.

    Any log file? something that can hint about the nature of the problem?



  • I've been using the RDCv2 for the last few months.. I recently started having problems with my printer (HP laserjet p2015d). It prints word documents but leaves out the main part of the material i'm trying to print. I get headers and footers, but no content. Any suggestions



  • I am in the process of evaluating Windows 2008 TS versus Citrix.  One of the requirements from senior partners is that their Mac's be able to connect from home.  Can you believe that the entire decision on a platform is related to if a Mac can connect from home?  Microsoft really needs to ramp the support for Mac and the home user.  The entire office is Windows OS but there are a few Mac's at home for some staff members.  Any comments about the latest Mac RDC and Windows 2008 TS would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • If you are planning to deploy TS Gateway, then currently there is no Mac support.  If you will publish TCP 3389 directly from the Internet to a TS server, then the MAC will have no trouble connecting.

    I believe Easy Print will not work on a mac currently.  

  • Another vote for TS Gateway support!  Please don't make us give Citrix more money just for a handful of Mac users!

  • It would be very nice if the RDP client for Mac 2.0, It kind of defeats the purpose of the additional security that the TS Gateway provides, if we have to open port 3389 back up.

  • I would also like to request that the next version of RDC for the Mac include support for a TSGateway.

  • I would also like to request that the next version of RDC for the Mac include support for a TSGateway.

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