Microsoft Releases Universal Remote Desktop Connection

As promised earlier, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (Mac BU) released the Universal Application beta version of its Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client for Mac OS X, version 2.0.

"Built from the ground up, the RDC for Mac 2.0 beta allows users to remotely connect to computers running Microsoft Windows Vista. It features a redesigned UI, fully customizable preferences, and multiple sessions support," according to Microsoft.

The Mac BU simultaneously announced an update to its standalone Open XML File Format Converter that includes improvements for converting Word [.docx] files and new support for converting PowerPoint [.pptx] files.

Both products, which are free, are available at Microsoft's Macintosh site, Mactopia.

News source: Mac Observer

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At least you say you don't really know about Macs.....
Universal means it's both Intel and PPC compatible. It doesn't mean it works on every platform thoguh as you thought...

PsykX said,
At least you say you don't really know about Macs.....
Universal means it's both Intel and PPC compatible. It doesn't mean it works on every platform thoguh as you thought...

Gotcha makes sense.

thanks...ppl for ur comments... All this while I was thinking MS had invented a Universal Remote like the one Adam Sandler uses in 'Click'!!

Woo! This is actually something I've been waiting for! As a mac-user who administrates Windows-based servers, the Universal RDP client couldn't have come soon enough. Now if they would only get off their asses and put out Offic:Mac 2008.

Although I'm sure they're working very hard on it.

Yeah, I just want Office 2008. The preview they showed at Macworld looked stellar, but I haven't heard an update since then.

Anyone who has tried this know if it supports Aero? If you use Remote Desktop on one vista pc to look at another you will see aero glass enabled in the RD window. Since the mac has hardware accelerated desktop does the mac version of the app support it?

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Beta Read Me

June 2007
© 1998-2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

<snip>

Vista Aero Glass is Not Displayed
When connecting to a computer running Windows Vista, Remote Desktop Connection Client Beta does not support special visual effects (such as Aero Glass or flip 3D views).

<snip>

https://connect.microsoft.com/macrdc.

Jeebus. 'Lotta text there pal. You could have quoted it in brief (e.g.: just the important part at the bottom). But now, you have effectively destroyed any chance of any comments below yours getting read. Like mine. Thanks... real helpful.

I think if anything, they're releasing LESS software for the mac than they used to. Products like VirtualPC, Internet Explorer were out there from Microsoft and now there just isn't that. There is Office and a handful of gadgets, and thats about it!

david13lt said,
Yes, but Microsoft is releasing a lot more software for Mac now.

Not really, what is out now is probably 30% of what use to be put out on the old Apple's and Apple Mac's of the old days..

That's not really a lot when you think about it. On top of that, it's surely not their highest priority. Mac users are also here to stay, so it makes sense for them to try to attract us as customers.

If you think that the industry is Mac vs. Windows, then you are out of your mind. It's Linux vs. Windows and Linux vs. Mac. Apple and Microsoft purposely make noise about each other when they want to say something, without bringing Linux into the picture in an effort not to draw attention to it. Every novice that is switched to a Linux Desktop by their IT supplier, directly translates into a lost sale for Windows/Mac OS, it's even worse than Piracy to them.

david13lt said,
Hm... Why Microsoft releases so many software on Macs?..

Microsoft has always made software for the mac, all the way back to the Apple ][

neufuse said,

Microsoft has always made software for the mac, all the way back to the Apple ][

... before they even made Windows...

How many people work in the Mac Business Unit, two? three?

Now they've finished the RDC client perhaps they could work on MSN Messenger for Mac, which is 2,000 years behind.

It would still be nice to have a fully-featured MSN Messenger....

MSN Mac doesn't have 1/10th the bugs of the PC version, but it doesn't have 1/10th of the features either... there's really a lot of work to do.