Escher, suggest you take a gander at Macwindows.com's "Citrix section." It is like telnetting to a UNIX box, but of course graphical. For a long time only 3rd parties provided this ability fully from the Mac, like Citrix et al. Thus I didn't want to use them. Not M$ kosher. Because, as we all know, PC users are protective of their machines. Seeing as WinDOHze is so "fragile..."
However, this officially sanctioned client really caught me by surprise. This is BIG news. Escher I have a feeling you'll like this.
From one Macwindows.com reader:
I, of course, downloaded RDC the moment I got to work yesterday, I listened to the keynote at home over a modem, and tried it out on the servers at Mission High School. It worked surprisingly well for a v1 of a MS product. My biggest complaint would be not having the ability to open multiple connections. Which HOBLink JWT is supposed to let you have the ability to do, but it is not very easy to set up. RDC does remember your last server you connected to. That is very nice.
At this point, I have to say that RDC is a better value (Free) then HOBLink JWT for Mac OS X users. If HOB can add more features (like multiple connections) faster than MS then their product could be worth the money.
This suggests I can't have multiple PC machines "running on my Mac." I mean, multiple different PCs on my Mac monitor, not multiple connections between my Mac and a Wintel.
I'm aware what windoze versions I need. Expen$ive ones. I have a licensed copy of XP Pro. So this will work apparently (anyone with this set-up, I'd be obliged to hear your story, MacWindows says XP Pro only does "Remote Help")
Also about bandwith. Since the box on the other end is doing most of the heavy lifting, the only info sent back to the Mac is sound and the display. Input is sent (trivial.) So would there be enough bandwith to play games on the PC through the Mac? Or do other big apps like Office XP (I have licensed copy actually)? Assuming top of the line systems and network?
Thanks for chiming in everyone. I think it's awfully ironic that this may be one of the biggest features to get "switchers!" Imagine that, this would be one of the most impressive things to demo to a casual PC users, and from the Evil Empire itself! Hey, who needs Apple to market OS X when M$ can do it?