Microsoft Remote Desktop 8

Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 for PC and Mac

Published by Microsoft Corporation on 2024-04-07

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 10.9
  • Category: Business
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 8.0.44
  • File size: 13.26 MB

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Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 Overview

What is Microsoft Remote Desktop 8? The Microsoft Remote Desktop app allows users to connect to a remote PC and access work resources from anywhere. It requires configuring the PC for remote access and offers features such as access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway, secure connection with NLA technology, simple management of remote connections, high-quality video and sound streaming, easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors, printing from Windows applications to any printer configured on the Mac, and access to local files on the Mac from Windows applications. The app is constantly improving, and users can learn more about it through the provided links.


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Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 Features and Description

1. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

2. With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere.

3. Configure your PC for remote access first.


  • - It's pretty great
  • - Head and shoulders above Microsoft's own Remote Desktop
  • - Scales for high DPI clients well
  • - Super-stable and fast
  • - Allows for easy connection to Windows desktop machines

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By Crazyfish2.0

    Consistent updates and reliable

    I use this app constantly to remote into Windows servers from a Windows. It’s pretty great! Only suggestion I have is it would be awesome if it were possible to remap keys and create custom ones myself to make editing text much more fluid. For example, command+c becomes control+c. Option+left/right arrow becomes control+left/right arrow to make cusor skipping over words. Option+shift+right/left arrow becomes control+shift+left/right arrow. There are many of these that would make it possible for me to retire Parallels/vmware on my Windows. Command+R should be F5. Also, I think having the command key operate as a Windows key just gets in the way. It would be nice to disable that. Thanks for the consideration. Great app! Edit: It is fantastic to hear some of this is solved in a future release. Having a few shortcuts is a step in the right direction. Please consider opening this up to user-customization in the future release as well.

  • By jasondunn

    Quite good, one fatal flaw

    Overall this is an excellent app and I appreciate being able to connect easily to my Windows desktop PC acting as a headless server. However, there's one critical flaw: there appears to be no size limit on the clipboard. On my Windows PC I moved 120 GB worth of files via copy/paste. The next morning I couldn't figure out why my Windows was down to only 12 GB of storage - I dug into the depths of the cache files and found that the remote desktop software had pulled over the 120 GB of files. Come on developers, that is insane - there should be a default limit on the size of files that are copied over from the clipboard. Maybe 1 GB by default and there's an option for an override. But 120 GB? That's insane. Please fix that.

  • By ToryWho

    Turn off All Monitors by default and add quick connect

    There needs to be an option to set a default settings for new session entires. One thing I NEVER use is multiple monitors for RDP. About half the time I forget to uncheck that box when I create a new entry and have to close the session, and go back in and change it. Can’t there just be a place in properties to set sane defaults per the user so that this problem goes away? Also, there needs to be a quick connect option. I work with thousands of Windows VMs, and rarely have to connect to the same one more than a couple of times a year. I don’t want to have to create a new entry a dozen times a day for every session I access. I just want a quick connect box where I can pop in a name and go. This is the one application, that I wish behaved more like the Windows version.

  • 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.

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