Organizations commonly depend on applications designed to run exclusively on Microsoft Windows. For companies that have a combination of Apple Mac and Windows desktops, there are two popular alternatives for running Windows-only software on an Apple Mac: an external connection to a physical Windows computer or local emulation of a Microsoft Windows environment on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac allows you to connect a Mac to a networked Microsoft Windows-powered PC to use Microsoft Windows software and access network resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is a component of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and offers significant improvements over older releases. Virtual PC for Mac simulates Windows on an Apple Mac system so that you can use Windows applications directly. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac was included in high-end editions of Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not offered in the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Mac.

Progent's Apple Mac OS X consultants can help your business to maintain these products for using Windows applications on your Macs and can in addition assist your business to assess and configure third-party solutions for Windows PC simulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac
Support Services for MS Remote Desktop Connection Client for MacRemote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect your Mac to a Windows-based system to run Windows programs, exchange files, and share network resources. You can copy files between your Mac and your Windows-powered system and print from Microsoft Windows applications to any printers connected to your Apple Mac.

Desktop emulation demands comparatively modest processing utilization from the client Mac and therefore in most scenarios provides higher performance than processor emulation. To attach to a remote Windows-based computer, you must have network access and permissions to connect to the Windows computer. The Microsoft Windows machine must be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is provided as a free download or as a component of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2 offers enhanced capabilities that include:

  • A GUI environment and menu bar that makes the connection function simpler to use
  • Remote Desktop Protocol version 6.0 for faster throughput and Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
  • Multiple session support for handling sessions with a number of computers
  • Automatic re-attach for resuming a session if you lose the connection
  • Window sizing alternatives for running the remote session in full-screen mode or in a resizable window
  • Mac printer compatibility for printing Microsoft Windows files on a Mac-connected printer
  • Network Level Authentication for improved security when connecting to Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs
  • Higher screen resolution to support wide-screen monitors
  • Streamlined login options for enhanced productivity

Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac ConsultingVirtual PC for Mac emulates an Intel-class processor and converts a Mac into the equivalent of Windows machine that permits you to utilize Windows PC software, files, and network appliances. CPU emulation is CPU intensive on the client Apple Mac and trades off some performance in exchange for convenience, versatility, and a richer array of features. Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 platform and Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the advanced version of Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

Important benefits of Virtual PC 7 for Mac include:

  • Shared Folders and Temporary Storage enables file and media exchange between Windows and Mac applications and permits storing documents and data in a folder on an Apple Mac and accessing them from within Windows
  • Shared Mac and Windows PC Appliances makes it possible to access to a variety of Windows PC and Mac appliances including printers and removable disks, even devices designed exclusively to be used with a Microsoft Windows computer
  • Multi-OS Cut and Paste allows Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac application to share a common clipboard for copying and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac platforms
  • A Fast Save feature permits users to shut down a virtual PC in a single step and start again from that point
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther systems (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) eliminates the need to download special drivers. Users can click Print and use the identical printing capability and software drivers utilized by the Apple Mac operating system.

How Progent's Mac Engineers Can Help Your Company to Run Microsoft Windows Software on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants and Mac OS X specialists can assist your organization to identify and deploy the right software to enable your Mac clients to run Microsoft Windows applications. In addition, Progent can assist your company to incorporate your Apple Macs efficiently into your network infrastructure to improve stability, throughput, and security and to maximize business value. Progent can also deliver Mac OS X and Exchange Server Consulting and Mac OS X Education.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Consulting for Running Microsoft Windows Software on Apple Macs
If your organization is trying to find an Apple Mac consultant, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Help for UNIX Platforms
Progent's UNIX support experts offer small businesses and developers help with administering and maintaining UNIX/Linux/OS X-based networks that can coexist with Microsoft technology. Progent provides your organization contact with UNIX technical experts, certified Microsoft engineers, Cisco CCIEs, and security experts certified by CISM. This wide array of knowledge offers your company a readily available one-stop source to assist your business to build and support a protected and reliable multi-vendor network and communications infrastructure that incorporates Microsoft technology with leading variants of UNIX such as: Apple Mac OS X, Solaris, IBM AIX OS, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO UNIX and Silicon Graphics IRIX (SGI/IRIX) or important Linux versions including RedHat, SUSE, Debian-GNU and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva Linux, PCLlinuxOS Linux, fedora Linux, and Gentoo Linux.

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