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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  • Please add RD Gateway support for Mac RDP Client!!!

  • Please add RD Gateway support for Mac RDP Client!!!

  • It would be wonderful if there was support for TS/RD Gateway on the Microsoft supplied RDP client for Mac.  I would be happy if CoRD or rdesktop supported it instead, but....

  • Please add TS Gateway support for Mac client.  It is shameful that it has taken so long to provide this capability.

  • TS Gateway and TS RemoteApp support for Macs would be a *huge* boon to us! We've got schools running Windows servers but who have Macs as clients, they would *kill* for the ability to do this on the Macs.

    Please add TS Gateway and Remoteapp support, guys!

  • When will TS Gateway support be availiable for Mac?

  • Please, Please add RDP Gateway Support.

  • i use VMware fusion on my mac to run windows 7

    then through windows 7 i have to use remote desktop to connect for work

    its a pain in the ass!

    we need TS gateway for mac!


  • We need TS Gateway support for the Mac client as soon as possible!

  • Request to add the ability to specify a Remote Gateway in the RDP client so Mac clients can access a Remote Desktop Services farm enviroment?

  • I am baffled why there is no response from MS regarding the addition of TS Gateway (now Remote Desktop Gateway in R2) support to the Mac client.  I am even more surprised at the fact that they released an update to the RDC client with Office 2011 (now RDC 2.1) and it *still* doesn't support RD Gateway despite an obvious need for it in the user community.

    Please add this feature in ASAP.  I hate having to leave a PPTP port open on the VPN server *just for our users with Macs*.

  • The Mac client really needs TS Gateway support and RDP 7

  • Please add RD Gateway support for Mac RDP Client!!!

  • I too would really like to see TS Gateway/Remote Desktop Gateway support as well. I am using the Gateway to redirect people to their own desktops and not a Terminal server so I don't have any other options of getting Mac users connected at this point without setting up VPN access which is a lot of extra work for 5% of my users

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