Microsoft releases Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta)

Microsoft today released Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta) which, according to Microsoft, “lets you connect to a Microsoft Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer.”

Microsoft says that Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 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.
Soul Blackening: Instantly rots your Mac’s soul from the inside out until it withers, dies, and turns completely black. Just kidding… or not.
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.

Microsoft states, “Currently, Remote Desktop Connection Client 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. This Beta release expires on March 31, 2008.”

More info and download link (.dmg, 4.01MB) here.


  1. I have a need for it as I have to administer two Windows servers. All the features mentioned are welcome, especially the Soul Blackening. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that. LOL!

  2. Fantastic!

    I have a session connecting to both my closet PCs, one for testing in IE7 and one for testing in IE6. Works great, even on my old 1.2 GHz G4.

    And apparently I can change the keys so that Cmd-V is Control-V which is double fantastic.

    Thanks, MDU. No, seriously.

  3. Too slow for me right now. I tried looking in at work with this and it just crawled when trying to look at some live data. It just gave up and froze. Nice to know they are working on it though.

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