Use Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can be productive no matter where you are.


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• Access remote PCs running Windows Professional or Enterprise and Windows Server.
• Access managed resources published by your admin.
• Connect through a Remote Desktop Gateway.
• Secure connection to your data and applications.
• Simple management of your connections and user account from the Connection Center.
• Audio and video streaming.
• Redirect folders, your clipboard, and local devices such as microphones and cameras.

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What’s New

Version 10.4.0

In this release we've made substantial updates to the underlying code that powers the Remote Desktop experience across all our clients. We've also added some new features and addressed bugs and crashes that were showing up in error reporting. Here are some of the changes you may notice:

• PC Quick Connect (CMD+K) allows you to connect to a PC without creating a bookmark.
• Auto-reconnect now helps to recover from transient network glitches for PC connections.
• When resuming a suspended MacBook, auto-reconnect can now be used to reconnect to disconnected PC connections.
• Added support for HTTP proxies when subscribing and connecting to Windows Virtual Desktop resources.
• Implemented support for HTTP proxy automatic configuration with PAC files.
• Integrated support for NETBIOS name resolution so you can connect to PCs on your local network more easily.
• Fixed an issue where the system menu bar would not respond while the app was in focus.
• Fixed a client-side race condition that had the potential to cause decryption errors on the server.
• Made improvements to monitor layout and geometry heuristics for multimon scenarios involving Retina-class monitors.
• Multimon layout configurations are now maintained across session redirection scenarios.
• Addressed an issue that prevented the menu bar from dropping in multimon scenarios.
• User account UI that interacts with the macOS keychain will now surface keychain access errors.
• Hitting cancel during workspace subscription will now result in nothing being added to the Connection Center.
• Added key mappings for CMD+Z and CMD+F to map to CTRL+Z and CTRL+F respectively.
• Fixed a bug that caused remote apps to open behind the Connection Center when launched.
• Worked around an issue where AAC audio playback on macOS 10.15 would cause the client to stall.
• SHIFT+left-click now works in Unicode mode.
• Fixed a bug where usage of the SHIFT key would eventually trigger the Sticky Keys alert in Unicode mode.
• Added a check for network availability before connection initiation.
• Addressed pulsing of PC thumbnails that occasionally occurred during the connection sequence.
• Fixed a bug where the password field in the Add/Edit User Account sheet become multiline.
• The "Collapse All" option is now greyed out if all workspaces are collapsed.
• The "Expand All" option is now greyed out if all workspaces are expanded.
• The first-run permissions UI is no longer shown on High Sierra.
• Fixed an issue where users were unable to connect to WVD endpoints using saved credentials in the DOMAIN\USERNAME format.
• The username field in the credential prompt is now always prepopulated for WVD connections.
• Fixed a bug that clipped the Edit, Delete and Refresh buttons for workspaces if the Connection Center was not wide enough.
• The "email or workspace URL" field in the Add Workspace sheet is no longer case sensitive.
• Usage of the AVC codec is now configurable (see note below).
• Fixed a number of accessibility issues that impacted VoiceOver and keyboard navigation scenarios.
• Lots of updates to improve interoperability with current and upcoming features in the Windows Virtual Desktop service.

Note, from a terminal prompt you can now configure the AVC support level advertised by the client:

1. Do not advertise AVC support to the server:
defaults write AvcSupportLevel disabled

2. Advertise support for AVC420 support to the server:
defaults write AvcSupportLevel avc420

3. Advertise support for AVC444 support to the server:
defaults write AvcSupportLevel avc444

Thanks to everyone who reported bugs and took the time to work with us to diagnose problems. If you encounter any issues, you can contact us via Help > Report an Issue.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9.2K Ratings

9.2K Ratings


Getting Better- Still Some User Interface Issues

We are a Microsoft partner who delivers a SAS app to 100’s of users via remote desktop and remote app. More than half of our users are on Mac’s and use Microsoft Remote Desktop.
We have found Version 10 much harder to setup on users desktops because unlike the prior version where most of the information was in one place - now its spread around via access to dropdowns and in various locations. When we first started using this we had cursor disappearance and mysterious disconnects - and couldnt seem to get support

It seems that they have been working hard to bring this up to speed and improve support. We started retesting and found the most current release to be much more stable - just dont try to open a full session screen on a 5K iMac in High Sierra yet.

Developer Response ,

We have the v.10 app in the Store so you can use it and iron out these issues. Please contact us so we can work with you to resolve problems before the v.8 app is pulled from the Store. You can mail us at There is also a Slack MacAdmins group you can join to work with us 1:1 to get up and running.

TaylorCABC ,

Great option to remote into my office desktop from home - a little glitchy

As I've transitioned to working remotely full-time, as many other office workers have as well during the pandemic, Microsoft Remote Desktop has proven so very useful and to be the answer to all (or most) of my problems. I can use my personal laptop - a MacBook Air - and have that option to work with my preferred device, but still be able to access company files, keep work files separate from my own, and use certain subscriptions that require being downloaded that are on my work desktop (such as Adobe Illustrator, Miscrosoft Publisher, etc)... So cool! Only issue is that my cursor has been disappearing if I switch between my laptop interface and remoting in... Kind of a small issue, but also not if you're trying to use your cursor (which of course is always!). It is also a bit slow and requires a very strong WiFi connection.

copper planet ,

Inferior compared to version 8

I work remotely and must use this for work. I use work related apps and have more than one open at the same time. if any one app is maximized, my dock and menu bar disappear, and I have to minimize the apps to see those. I absolutely hate that. My work has the remote computers set to time out after about 20 minutes of inactivity for security purposes. If I leave my desk for longer than that, I have to let it time out because if I log out, and then try to log back in later, I end up being logged in as a temporary user instead of as my profile. So if I leave my desk, I let it time out and when I come back and log in again, the apps are still open (I can see this in the RDS icon menu) but I can’t get the apps to pull up on the screen. Also, in version 8, I could toggle on my kepboard and see the box with the list of apps on my desktop easily, but with the new version - no. This version is definitely NOT an improvement over 8.


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