Remote Desktop Client Preview for OS X updated with List View, thumbnails, and group desktops

Mark Coppock

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Windows machines have long enjoyed built-in remote management capabilities, and Microsoft continues to extend that client to all of the major platforms to long in and remote control them. Apple’s OS X platform has had a Remote Desktop client in preview since August 2015, and Microsoft today provided an overview of the updates to the preview since its release.

Import connections from other apps

You can export .rdp files from the older Mac store app and then import them into the Remote Desktop Client Preview.

List View and Thumbnail view modes

The preview supports list and thumbnail views to make it easier to access desktops.

Remote Desktop Preview for Mac Thumbnail View
The Remote Desktop Preview for Mac’s Thumbnail View.

Remote Desktop Preview for Mac List View
The app also has a nifty List View.

Group desktops

You can now create custom desktop groups to make managing your many remote desktops easier and more efficient.

Remote Desktop Preview for Mac Groups
Create custom remote desktop groups in the latest Remove Desktop Preview for Mac.

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Preview for Mac now has a Thumbnail view for custom groups.

Two other smaller updates are also available:

  • You can now connect through a Remove Desktop Gateway to access remote desktops that our outside of your corporate network.
  • You can use the Mac keyboard shortcuts CMD X/C/V and CTRL X/C/V to copy, cut and paste within remote desktop sessions.

Don’t forget, Microsoft still has the Remote Desktop app in the Mac App Store that’s thoroughly tested and updated regularly, in case you’re not ready to go the beta route. That version is recommended for use in live environments, and fully supports desktop connections, remote resources, and Azure RemoteApp.
Don’t forget to head over to the User Voice site to provide feedback on the app. Microsoft does love getting feedback from its users, and you’re more likely to get an app that you’ll enjoy if you insert yourself into the feedback loop.