Microsoft releases Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2

Microsoft has finally released Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 after nearly a year in beta. It allows Mac users to, according to Microsoft, “easily connect to remote Windows PCs.”

Microsoft’s website states, “With Remote Desktop Connection Client 2, you can quickly, simply and securely connect to Windows-based PCs to access Windows-based files, applications, devices, and networks from your Mac.”

Features include:
• One Mac, unlimited Windows. New Multiple Session Support gives Mac users simultaneous access to multiple Windows-based PCs or to a network server that hosts remote applications and files. Since it works with Vista and is a Universal application, Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 is compatible with the latest technologies on Windows and Mac platforms.

• A more Mac-like experience. A redesigned user interface makes this application more customizable. Create your own keyboard shortcuts; and even access and change preferences during active sessions.

• Print everything off your Mac. Access and print from Windows applications to any printer that can be configured from your Intel- or PowerPC-based Macs.

Get fast updates and easy help. Microsoft Error Reporting Tool and Microsoft AutoUpdate are included so you can anonymously submit data on software related issues and get software updates as soon as they are available. Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 also takes advantage of the new Helpviewer and improved help topics for quick access to fresh online product help from within the application.

• Reduce security breaches. Network Level Authentication (NLA) is a new authentication method in Windows Vista that offers security enhancements that can help to protect the remote computer from hackers and malicious software. It completes user authentication before you establish a full Remote Desktop Connection. Please see Windows Help for more details on network level authentication.

This free download runs natively on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs and supports eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese.

More info and download link here.

26 Comments

  1. I just want to take a sec to point out that in order to use any of the screen sharing capabilities in Windows you have to be running the “Pro” version of XP or its equivalent.

    Compare this to MacOSX Leopard, where any computer running 10.5 can run any other computer running 10.5 (assuming you have the capability turned on from the control panel).

    I can’t wait to see the day when Microsoft creates Remote Desktop for Windows PCs to operate a Mac, in a desperate effort to remain relevant.

  2. However, to be fair, you have to give them credit ’cause they have made running Screen Sharing available since XP Pro first came out.

    Where with OS X we really did not have a friendly way of doing it until Leopard came around.

    I know with Tiger you could use VNC and activate Remote Management in the Sharing system preference…but again that isn’t as friendly as XP was doing it many many years early.

  3. you can quickly, simply and securely connect to Windows-based PCs

    Impossible. Nothing involving MS or Windows is quick, simple, or secure.

    And WHY would MS be interested doing a remote connection client for Mac??
    Is it a very thinly veiled back door, or a shot at fscking up OS X security?
    Someone tell us what this thing really is.

  4. @ragarcia,

    “However, to be fair, you have to give them credit ’cause they have made running Screen Sharing available since XP Pro first came out.”

    Yeah, but in my experiences, it was horrid and jagged.

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