Microsoft would like to think they have a monopoly on remote access. After all, they patented the Remote Desktop Protocol used by Windows back in the 1990s. And they’ve recently released an update of this software aimed at attracting Apple (and Android) users, Remote Desktop 8.0. But there are already been plenty of established options on the market where Macs are concerned, including Apple’s own version of Remote Desktop. So, given this, how can you go about remotely connecting to another PC from a Mac system?
Apple Remote Desktop 3.7
The latest generation of the popular software comes hot on the heels of Microsoft’s new release. It’s essentially the same thing, providing a way of managing Macs on a network, distributing software, providing real-time support for end-users, and even automating tasks. But there are a few new features: support for OS X Mavericks, automatic copy and paste between local and remote computers, and improved support for multiple displays. For managing multiple macs it’s a great option that is simple to use and easy to set up. A license for Unlimited managed systems will set you back around $249.99.
Ericom Remote Desktop Connection
Sometimes, however, third-party software can have its advantages. Ericom’s RDP client for Mac is a fantastic option for business, especially at enterprise-level. Their Blaze compression and acceleration software can make remote access up to 10x faster than standard RDP clients. This means better performance of graphics-rich content such as PDFs, Flash, streaming video on virtual desktops. It’s also compatible with iPads and iPhones and integrates with their free Ericom Secure Gateway to safeguard connects from unsecured locations beyond firewalls – great for businesses embracing BYOD and telecommuting.
Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac 8.0
When it comes to free software, we’ll start with Microsoft’s latest client. They hadn’t updated their previous version Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2.1.1 in two years, meaning the Mountian Lion and Lion operating systems weren’t supported. There are some notable improvements this time round such as improved connection speed and multi-screen support, but the app is let down by the lack of options. There’s no font smoothing, no full-screen drag, and no way to import existing connections from the previous version, meaning you have to set up all your connections again.
Jump Desktop comes in free and premium versions and is one of the slickest-looking RDP clients on the market. It is aimed at newcomers to remote computing, in particular home users and is thus extremely easy to configure. Essentially, you install the Jump client on the computers you want to connect then sign in with your Gmail credentials and the app does the rest. It’s stable, fast and great for sharing files. And it supports connections to windows 8 PCs as well as working on iPads and iPhones.