Apple today announced Remote Desktop 2, the second generation of the company’s asset management, software distribution and help desk support software. Along with improvements in screen sharing performance, Apple Remote Desktop 2 includes more than 50 new features for centrally managing Mac OS X systems. This release also includes: task lists, remote shell scripts, Remote Control, Network Scanners, Offline Reporting, User Access Mode, Remote Boot Disk Selection, and more. Apple Remote Desktop 2 will be available in July for a suggested retail price of US$299 for managing up to 10 systems and $499 for managing an unlimited number of systems. Special education pricing is also available.