Wednesday 1 August 2007

Mac on SBS - Remote Desktop Client for Mac 2.0 beta 1 available

Just a quick note to let you know that the new Remote Desktop Client 2.0 beta 1 has been released. This was just yesterday, and since we are buried in creating our assessment publications it went right by unnoticed.

Thanks to Rodney Buike of the Canadian IT Pro Blog for pointing this out to me via email.

The new client can be found here: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta).

The RDC beta's kewl new features from the site:
  • Universal Binary
    Runs natively on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0
    Provides better compatibility with Windows Vista, improved security features, and many other improvements.
  • Multiple Sessions
    Lets you connect to multiple Windows-based computers at the same time.
  • Improved User Experience
    Provides a true Mac experience and improved usability.
  • Improved Customization Options
    Lets you change application preferences, including keyboard shortcuts, while you are running a session.
    Changes take effect the next time that you connect.
  • Dynamic Screen Resizing
    Lets you resize your session window or switch to full-screen mode during a session.
  • Improved Printing Support
    Supports all configured printers on your Mac. No longer limited to PostScript printers.
The Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 Public Beta site. The link is to the Connect site where feedback and bug reports can be filed. One will need to sign in via their Windows Live ID to participate in the feedback and bug reporting mechanisms.

There is also a newsgroup: microsoft.public.mac.rdc

Note the difference between the RDC 1.03 icon on the left and the new 2.0 beta one on the right:

The new icon has a wide screen style monitor, the dish is different, and the colours are a bit different and a lot deeper.

Have fun! :D

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

*All Mac on SBS posts are posted on our in-house iMac via the Safari Web browser.

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