Microsoft Remote Desktop gets M1 Mac support

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop has been updated for Mac.
  • Version 10.6 includes native support for Apple silicon and the M1 Mac lineup.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop for Mac has been updated to include native support for Apple silicon.

As reported by The 8-Bit:

Microsoft yesterday updated its Remote Desktop application to natively support M1 Macs. The updated version will see improved performance and battery efficiency for Mac users with Apple Silicon chips.

Released on the Mac App Store, the release notes of the new version state:

In this release we've made some significant updates to the shared underlying code that powers the Remote Desktop experience across all our clients. We've also added some new features and addressed bugs and crashes that were showing up in error reporting.

Listed updates include native support for Apple silicon, which means devices like the M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, two of the best MacBooks in recent memory.

Not to be outdone, Windows virtualization tool for Mac Parallels was yesterday also updated to bring M1 support. From that report:

Parallels has today announced that the new version of its Windows virtualization software will bring full native support for Apple's M1 Macs and Apple silicon, delivering huge performance boosts and energy savings.In a press release the company stated:Parallels®, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today released the highly anticipated Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac, which features full native support for Mac computers equipped with either Apple M1 or Intel chips. Experience Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview and its applications on Apple M1 Mac computers.

The latest version of Microsoft Remote Desk can be downloaded from the Mac App Store:

Microsoft Remote Desktop

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