Remote Desktop Connection updated

Remote Desktop Connection icon

“Remote Desktop Connection.app” allows you to see the desktop of a remote Windows machine on your mac. This application will not update itself automatically, unless you have it installed as part of the Microsoft Office for Mac suite. If you’ve downloaded the 1.0.3 version you probably did not notice that “Remote Desktop Connection.app” was updated somewhere last year by microsoft.

You can find the latest version of Remote Desktop Connection on the Microsoft Mactopia site. Version 2 is an improvement over 1.0.3 (which I had). Notable differences are:

  • Nicer configuration screens, makes configuring your resolution and shares easier.
  • Now a Universal Binary, which should improve performance on Intel Macs. I have not noticed improvement, but that’s probably because the network is the bottleneck.
  • Supports the new RDC 6.0 protocol used by Vista.
  • Can do authentication of the remote machine (if it’s a Vista machine).
  • Your Mac printer can be exposed to the Windows machine so you can print documents on your local printer.

I played with it for a while, and apart form the new looks I can not say it’s very different from the 1.0.x version. It could load my old RDC 1.0.3 configuration files. If you need to connect to a Windows desktop from your Mac, this does the job just fine.

One Response to Remote Desktop Connection updated

  1. rolfje says:

    Update: Microsoft took the mactopia site down for some reason. You can download the latest version (which is NOT beta) here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=803f9438-8df3-490f-92c6-0e0f92787db8&DisplayLang=en

    If they remove it there, try searching for “RDC200_ALL.dmg” or “Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2”, and make sure you don’t download the beta.

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