Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0

Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Current Version: 8.0.43

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 14.9 MB - Download


With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Getting Started
Configure your PC for remote access first. Download the RDP assistant to your PC and let it do the work for you:
Learn more about remote desktop apps here:

•Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
•Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
•Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
•High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
•Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
•Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
•Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications

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Release Notes:

General bug fixes.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 8.0.9
Review by diom3d3s

100% CPU Usage - (1 star review) Updated to 8.0.8 and experienced constant 100% CPU usage whenever the program is open. Does not go away when re connecting. Used time machine to downgrade to 8.0.7 which was a 5-star app for me. **Update: After updating the 8.0.9 the CPU issue is gone and I am changing my review to 5 stars. I daily connect to an Ubuntu server for scientific computing using this App and it works great.

Found helpful by 14 out of 17 people
Version 8.0.9
Review by macrosloth

Makes my Mac just as frustrating as my PC! - As if bringing Windows to a Mac through a… uh... window wasn’t enough, Microsoft designed this app with all the features you’d expect from a second-rate Windows shareware developer. Really, Microsoft developers? You think I might want to review the same release notes every time I start the app? Oh, “that’s crazy”, you say? Well then, why the heck don’t you just display them once per release instead of making me click a check box to opt-out with each and every inconsequentially minor revision? Else, maybe you could just respect my selection across releases? Uhhg. It has gotten more stable with recent releases, but it says something when your users’ default action for quitting your app is Right Click > Force Close. Seriously, guys… How hard can making your app exit cleanly be? The desirable behavior is dead-simple and stupidly-obvious. When the user asks the app to close, it should disconnect all connected sessions and go away. We don’t need to be pestered; Disconnected sessisons continue running on the remote machines so there’s no risk here. It doesn’t deserve a confirmation dialog or the associated frustration. There’s nothing to save, no data at risk of loss… JUST CLOSE ALREADY!

Found helpful by 60 out of 146 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 8.0.43
Review by philrodo1

Why can’t Microsoft Figure out the MacOS UI? - So you set up a new remote connection in this app. Once you populate all the fields, there’s no button or menu option to save the settings. After wasting a while on trying to figure out how to save the Remote Desktop configurations, I gave up and clicked on the Red Button to exit the configuration window. To my surprise, that saved the settings in the Microsoft Remote Desktop Window. Wwho would have thought that by exiting a window that would save the configuration data… Argghgh!!!

Found helpful by 7 out of 12 people
Version 8.0.43
Review by Silas the Cat

Can no longer login remotely after this update - Ever since I installed this latest update, like others have commented here, I can’t connect to my PC at work. I never had that issue prior to this upgrade though I don’t know if it’s a separate issue or not unless there was an opportunity to go back a verson to reinstall. Otherwise, I have had to email my coworkers to manually wake my machine for MS Remote Desktop to recognize it. I had already checked my PC’s power/sleep settings and those are fine so I don’t know what’s up with the bad connection.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 8.0.43
Review by Atlstjohn

May be lacking a few features but it works really well - Reading all of the other reviews I realize that this app doesn’t get the love it deserves. It’s frustrating that you have to define and save a connection before using it, but it’s SO head and shoulders above Microsoft’s own Remote Desktop. Scales for high DPI clients well. It’s super-stable, and it’s fast. I run paralllels on my MBP and default to using this over the native client every time. I can’t find fault since it works every time, and works well. The ideas put forth here by other reviewers would genuinely improve it so hopefully they’re given consideration.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 8.0.43
Review by Pe3yc

Crashing now - After latest update started crashing

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 8.0.43
Review by dme_mac

Sort of works - Was working flawlessly until I updated to High Sierra. Not it freezes if there is no activity in the remote session for maybe 30 - 45 seconds. Quitting and restarting entire app is necessary to restore function.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people