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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  • I want support for TSGateway. It's pretty useless for me without it.

  • Me too on support for TS Gateway. RDC for Mac is worthless to us without it.

  • Another BIG vote for TS Gateway with RDC for Mac.  I can't move our farm completely over to 2008 via TSG until we get it!

  • Lots of people wanting ts gateway support but no responses! Does anybody know whether there are plans to include this. We have just launched ts gateway for 2200 users and the mac users want to know when they will be able to access

  • what's up with limiting printing to black and white?

  • Please provide support for TS Gateway.

  • Another vote for TS Gateway here, please incorporate this functionality.

  • Please provide support for TS Gateway.  I have to run vmware fusion just to run the windows Rdp client for ts gateway....

  • Our local hospital just launched EPIC via TS Gateway and several Drs. need access via Mac. RDC 2.0 needs to support TS Gateway connections. Please.

  • We really need support for TS Gateway on MAC. Please build it!

  • yes,i need it also, n i'm not alone...

  • Please add TS Gateway support a.s.a.p.

  • The lack of RD Gateway support forces us to offer VPN for MAC clients. We also need MAC support for RemoteApp. This truly hurts our ability to deploy a MS based remote access solution. It is important that this becomes a feature. Face it... Macs are out there and we can't control our employees' personal computer preferences.

  • Pretty disappointed with the lack of a TS Gateway option for the Mac RDP Client. This, with the obvious lack of support for non IE browsers through TS Web Access makes this product a poor solution when compared to others in the market.

  • Please add support for RD Gateway on the Mac RDP client. We are now looking at a non-microsoft solution to solve remote access needs for our users.

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Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Beta Available Now