Microsoft Preparing to Launch New Versions of Remote Desktop for iOS and OS X

Microsoft is preparing to launch an updated version of its Remote Desktop tool for OS X and a new version for iOS later this month, reports ZDNet. The company will also reportedly release a version of the app for Android and its new Windows RT platform, which comes as the company is pushing to make access and communication with its Windows operating system universal and throughout various platforms.

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Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.
Additionally, Microsoft MVP Michel Roth has stated (via Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows) that the company is very serious about the upcoming applications, which reportedly will be full-featured and not include stripped functionality like that of ported clients:
"Microsoft is very serious about enabling BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] by means of desktop virtualization," Roth writes. "When you see the clients you'll notice they are pretty sweet and not as basic or as 'v1' as you might expect. The iOS Remote Desktop app supports iOS 6 and 7 and the Android Remote Desktop app is poised to support Android versions as far back as Gingerbread. The OS X Remote Desktop app provides even more functionality that you would expect from a 'desktop app'. Think about 'seamless windows' or 'applications portal'."
Notably, the Mac App Store already contains various cross-platform remote desktop clients, but none of them are official or licensed. Microsoft does however have a Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac that ships with Office 2011, but has received little recent support and is limited in nature compared to other full featured clients.



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71 months ago
perfect for me! All our work computers are Windows and I use macs!
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71 months ago


even in the corporate world, it is usually only in the small to medium size companies where there is a chance that you have an Admin working on a Mac that would need Remote desktop solution for Microsoft.


Macs, maybe. But I imagine there are a lot of people who would be interested in having remote access to their Windows desktop on an iPad.


there are a lot of alternatives out there (I have toyed with a few) and most are way better than what Microsoft has ever put out.


I've never had any problem with RDC. In fact, I have always found it to be faster and more responsive than similar solutions, including OS X's own screen sharing feature.

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I doubt this Microsoftware will be free.


RDC has historically been free. And it actually works well.
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71 months ago
Cool. I use the Mac RDC app all the time, an official iPad version might help me stay in Metro/modern more on my Win 8 box when used remotely.

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71 months ago
Finally. As a Mac guy who works in a Windows world this makes me very happy.
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71 months ago
jumpdesktop works fine for me.
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71 months ago
No thanks. I'm not remotely fond of Windows.
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71 months ago

After struggling with CoRD and the Microsoft RDP app for years I stumbled upon RoyalTSX. I can't sing this app's praises enough. It's saved collections, settings, and FreeRDP implementation work really well. It also doesn't crash all the time like CoRd did.

I'm honestly surprised more people don't know about it.

http://www.royaltsx.com/main/home/osx.aspx

That kind of sounds like a shill, but it is really great.

I use the windows version of RoyalTS at work to admin the servers but trying to do less out of hours work at home so haven't tried the Mac version ;)

The windows version does have a lot of nice features though, so if I did need a client for OS X it would probably be my first stop.
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71 months ago

About time!!! I had to buy and install windows on bootcamp just to use remote desktop for work. Nov 1st is my last day at my "real" job so I wont have to worry about remoting anymore but this is still cool to see.


Huh? Microsoft has been shipping a FREE Remote Desktop Client for OS X for YEARS:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/search.aspx?q=microsoft%20remote%20desktop%20connection%20for%20mac&p=0&r=10&t=&s=Relevancy~Descending

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MS is certainly giving in to Apple tech lately.


No. MS is changing the entire company lately; they're transforming into a services-oriented business and simply open themselves to other platforms now. They're doing as much on Android and even Linux as they're doing on Apple platforms.
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71 months ago

Huh? Microsoft has been shipping a FREE Remote Desktop Client for OS X for YEARS:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/search.aspx?q=microsoft%20remote%20desktop%20connection%20for%20mac&p=0&r=10&t=&s=Relevancy~Descending[COLOR="#808080"]


Their remote desktop stopped working for me after I upgraded to lion. It could just be my companies setup (authentication and whatnot) but either way it will still be cool to see on ios even though there are some other apps that already do so.
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71 months ago
No, this is badly needed ....

Agree that this is primarily for corporate use, but our company relies heavily on RDC. (We're almost all Mac in some of our offices and mostly Windows 7 in others -- with most of the servers running Windows 2003 or 2008 Server on the back end.)

The Apple Remote Desktop Client MS released as v2.11 and hasn't updated officially for years is very broken in some respects. Most importantly, it has problems properly getting a license "seat" from a Windows 2008 (or newer) server when a user starts a session with it. It fails to connect with a license error message, unless you're connecting to an '08 server where the terminal server licensing isn't properly configured yet (trial mode, for example).

There's actually a v2.12 hotfixed release of the RDC client to address this, but for reasons I can't fathom -- that one was never made an official updated release. You can't even download it except by Microsoft support giving you the link when you file a trouble ticket with them over the problem.

There ARE alternatives out there for the Mac, but unfortunately, most I've used lack in some important area. For example, CoRD is great *except* it can't do printer or drive redirection like the official Microsoft client does.


Except for the corporate world, I do not see this being used a lot. And even in the corporate world, it is usually only in the small to medium size companies where there is a chance that you have an Admin working on a Mac that would need Remote desktop solution for Microsoft.

And in that case, as the article points out there are a lot of alternatives out there (I have toyed with a few) and most are way better than what Microsoft has ever put out.

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