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November 30, 2017 Software Review , ,

Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop App for macOS

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Microsoft Corporation on Wednesday released out its new Remote Desktop app for Mac computers in the App Store. The update introduces a new UI design, some improvements in managing connections and new functionalities available in a remote session. Note that you can only use this app to control a remote machine running a Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise version of Windows via your Mac.

The new version (10.0.1) is free to download and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. If you have installed the previous version of Remote Desktop, you can get the new version in Mac App Store. Here are some new features contained in the version:

  • Redirect your local microphone and smart cards
  • Use MacOS keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy, and paste in a remote session
  • Assign desktop connections to custom groups
  • Easily identify active connections in the connection center
  • Manage a single list of user accounts in the preferences of the app
  • Store multiple entries of the same username with different passwords

To remotely control your Windows PC via your Mac, you need to complete the configuration of the Microsoft Remote Desktop clients on both Windows PC and Mac. To migrate connection data from Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 you have installed on your Mac, you can first of all, download the new version in App Store to install it, then click connections in the menu, and choose the option to import connections from the other app. Note: friendly names for the connections are not ported to the new app.

On January a vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X, which allows a malicious terminal server to read and write any file in the home directory of the connecting user. The code execution hole was submitted to the company on July 2016 but Microsoft patched it on January 2017. Considering the potential risk, you are suggested to update the software to the latest version.

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