The Mac App Store is supposed to make installing apps easier and more convenient. And while this may be true in many cases, using the App Store can be a real pain when trying to quickly install an app for someone else who probably doesn’t know their Apple ID credentials. A quick Google search of “Remote Desktop for Mac” won’t give you an official Microsoft direct download for Remote Desktop for Mac, so you might conclude the only way to get it is via the App Store. Well, not exactly…
Microsoft does have direct download links for their App Store distributed software, however they appear to be hidden for some reason or another. There’s a useful website macadmins.software which lists the direct download links for many of these apps. This includes Remote Desktop 10 for Mac, which can be downloaded using this official Microsoft link. No need to risk getting viruses from sketchy third party websites!
Is your macOS version too old to run Remote Desktop 10?
There’s no need to bother upgrading macOS when all you want to do is RDP to another computer. While the old Remote Desktop 8 (which is compatible with older macOS versions) is no longer available on the Mac App Store or direct from Microsoft, you can still download it direct from macsx 100% malware-free — just check out this article.