Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta Client For Mac

Microsoft has a public Remote Desktop app available on the Mac that can be downloaded from the App Store, and the Redmond giant is now rolling out a beta client with a new user interface. The beta app also boasts new feature additions, including improved user account management, and the ability to use native Mac commands such as Command-X,C,V to cut, copy and paste within a remote session.

The beta client of Remote Desktop retains features seen in the public release, such as seamless audio and video streaming, as well as connecting to local desktops with a single monitor. Microsoft mentions that it will continually add new features to the beta app, including support for multiple monitors, clipboard redirection, Remote Desktop gateway and remote resources (RemoteApp and desktop connections).

Got feedback? Make sure to let Microsoft know through the UserVoice portal. Once again, the new Remote Desktop app is in beta and should be treated as such. You may run into bugs, freezes or crashes when using the utility.

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After installing Remote Desktop Client for Mac v 8.0.39 - I can no longer connect to my companies TS Gateway - all requests are returned as 'Connect Reset by Peer' - this same gateway works with Windows 10 PC, this was working with the previous version with no problems and immediately started happening right after the update yesterday afternoon '5/22/2017'. Since a few years, Microsoft also has a Remote Desktop client for other platforms like iOS, Mac OS X and Android, available for download from the App Store, the Mac App Store, and the Google Play Store.

Use the new Microsoft Remote Desktop app to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your administrator. The app helps you be productive no matter where you are.
Configure your PC for remote access first by download the Remote Desktop assistant to your PC and let it do the work for you:
• Access remote PCs running Windows Professional or Enterprise and Windows Server
• Access remote resources published by your IT administrator
• Connect remotely through a Remote Desktop Gateway
• Secure connection to your data and applications
• Streamlined management of your connections from the connection center
• High quality video and audio streaming
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What’s New

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We've put together some fixes to address regressions that managed to sneak into the 10.3.0 release.
• Addressed connectivity issues with RD Gateway servers that were using 4096-bit asymmetric keys.
• Fixed a hang that would randomly occur while downloading feed resources.
• Got rid of a crash that was preventing the client from starting up.
• Resolved a crash when importing connections from Remote Desktop 8.
If you encounter any errors, you can always contact us via Help > Report an Issue.

676 Ratings

Was working great - till update

Not sure why you keep breaking a tool that so many rely on daily.
This latest version crashes (on the Mac) if I type too fast in Visual Studio on my Windows Desktop at work. I get the spinning beachball- have to exit to the Mac, force quit MRD and restart it, then reconnect. I'm finding myself doing this at least 2 or 3 times per hour! I try to type slowly, but then end up getting really focused on my work and start moving faster. I use VI so I'm typing everything and it seems to be when I'm repeating an edit over and over that it crashes MRD. This is a Productivity KILLER! Like I said it happens when I'm focused and your bug is a sure way to kill that focus - every time! I wish it were easier to revert to an older version. I was forced to update when I upgraded to Mojave and decided to start clean and re-install everything. This is the only app that makes me regret that decision!! I was on an old stable version and had been refusing to update. Sigh!

So many issues with something so critical

I've used MRD for a long time at work to access all kinds of Microsoft systems both desktops and servers. However, it is constantly updating and intruducing new issues and there seems to be no stability.
Biggest problem I face all the time is copy-paste failing which is an absolutely critical component of the tool. Why does it work in one version and fail in the next? Nothing changed on my Mac, just a new version of this tool that says 'bug fixes' for release notes.
A more annoying problem than copy-paste failing is whenever my AD password is updated (every 60 days) MRD loses access to unlock my keychain. There is nothing that will let me update what password it attempts to use to unlock my keychain either so I am stuck recreating all of my credential store. Password changes are a common occurance but it appears no thought was given to how that would impact heavily-used features like storing credentials. That feature is excellent when it works but I can't trust it because every password update it fails so I am forced to manually enter credentials from other password vaults every time I log in.
I gave this 2 stars because even with these flaws it is still better than the RDP client in windows which makes absolutely 0 sense.

Fantastic, fast, and smooth from my small use

Had no qualms with the “square logo” version. I used it often, using both Active Directory logins and local logins. Did mass software installs on multiple machines simultaneously all remotely from the app. This one I feel like runs even faster and smoother than the last one! Great job, devs. I also can see on here that the devs are responding to many of the (often unbelievably whiny and uppity) complaints on this review page, often proving the customer wrong or letting them know that their desired feature is forthcoming. Thank you for your dedication, dev team. I feel these guys deserve a 5-star review. The average rating for this app largely seems to be due to customers’ ineptitude or ignorance, so the rating really isn’t fair or telling of the quality of the app.


19.3 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor

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Rated 4+
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