Easiest Way to Access a PC from a Mac

Posted by Mayank on November 26, 2013 in Apps

While Mac has been gaining ground and growth has been much higher when compared to PCs for several years now, the tablets are the latest craze now-a-days. Many users are ditching PCs for tablets. However, the fact remains that PCs are not dead – not yet. While tablets and Macs have found acceptance in homes (personal work or play) and creative work. Most of routine office work is powered by PCs which run Windows.

There isn’t getting away with PCs any time soon.

When using a Mac, you have the option to do partition or use virtualization software to run Windows on Mac. This has its issues too – the memory and resources of your Mac gets reduced and then there are other sort of issues you face along with the workarounds you need to deploy.

If you were to ask my recommendation – Best and the most efficient way out is to have a separate PC and a Mac. Access your PC (laptop or desktop) using Windows Remote Desktop app just like you access a PC from another PC. You can do this using the Windows Remote Desktop and just to add – it is free!

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Here’s the complete list of features:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications

It’s important to note that there already exists a Mac client (Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.1) that comes with Microsoft’s Office 2011 suite, but it doesn’t offer as many features as this new version and hasn’t been updated in a while.

The addition of a Mac OS X application now enables users to access their Windows machine from anywhere they are, no matter whether they’re using an iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or phone. This may not necessarily appeal to individuals, but within the enterprise space and the popularity of the “Bring Your Own Device” movement, having remote access is welcome news.

To use this latest version of Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, users will need version 10.6.0 or later of Apple’s operating system installed on their machine.

Download Windows Remote Desktop for Free

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