Organizations often depend on applications designed to run exclusively on Microsoft Windows. For companies that have a mix of Mac and Microsoft Windows computers, there are two basic solutions for using Windows-only software on macOS or OS X: an external connection to an actual Windows computer or local emulation of a Microsoft Windows environment on a Mac OS X desktop. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac allows you to attach a Mac to a remote Windows-powered PC to use Windows software and access system resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is included in Microsoft Office for Mac and features significant enhancements over previous versions. Virtual PC for Apple Mac emulates Microsoft Windows on a Mac computer so that you are able to run Windows applications directly. Virtual PC for Mac was available in advanced versions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not offered in the current versions of Microsoft Office for Mac. VMware Fusion allows you to run Windows as well as most other operating systems on a Mac.

Progent's macOS and OS X consultants can assist you to maintain these products for running Windows programs on your Apple Macs and can in addition help your business to assess and install other solutions for Windows PC simulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac
Expertise for Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple MacRemote Desktop Connection for Mac enables you to attach your Mac to a Windows-powered system to run Windows programs, access documents, and share system resources. You can transfer files between your Apple Mac and your Windows-powered system and output from Microsoft Windows applications to printers attached to your Mac.

Desktop simulation demands relatively little processing utilization from the client Mac and so in typical scenarios provides higher performance than CPU emulation. To attach to a remote Microsoft Windows-based computer, you must have network connectivity and permissions to connect to the Windows computer. The Windows computer must be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. MS Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is available as a free web download or as part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.

MS Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2 offers improved capabilities including:

  • A user environment and options bar that makes the attachment window easier to use
  • Remote Desktop Protocol version 6.0 for better performance and Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Multiple session support for managing connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic reconnection for resuming a remote session if you drop the connection
  • Window sizing alternatives for running the remote session in full-screen mode or in a resizable window
  • Mac printing support for outputting Windows files on a Mac-connected printer
  • Network Level Authentication for improved protection when connecting to Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Improved screen resolution to support wide-screen monitors
  • Streamlined login options for enhanced productivity

Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Virtual PC for Mac HelpVirtual PC for Mac simulates an Intel/AMD-type processor and turns a Mac into a virtual Windows machine that allows you to utilize Windows PC programs, documents, and network appliances. Processor emulation is CPU intensive on the local Apple Mac and trades off some performance in exchange for simplicity, versatility, and a more complete set of features. Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 processor and Apple Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and was provided with the Professional Edition of Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

Important benefits of Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 include:

  • Sharing of Files and Temporary Storage enables folder and media sharing between Windows and Mac applications and allows saving files in a folder on a Mac and accessing them from within Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Windows PC Peripherals allows access to an assortment of Microsoft Windows PC and Apple Mac peripherals including printers and external disks, even ones made exclusively to be run on a Windows computer
  • Multi-OS Cut and Paste allows Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac application to use the same clipboard for cutting and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac environments
  • A Fast Save capability allows users to turn off a virtual PC in a single step and resume from that position
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther users (Mac OS X 10.3) eliminates the necessity to download special printer drivers. Users can click Print and use the same printing functionality and software drivers utilized by the Mac OS.

How Progent's macOS and OS X Experts Can Assist You to Run Windows Software on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-qualified engineers and Mac technology experts can help your company to select and configure the right products to enable your Apple Mac users to run Microsoft Windows software. Also, Progent can assist you to incorporate your Apple Macs seamlessly into your network environment to improve stability, performance, and protection and to maximize productivity. Progent can in addition provide Mac OS X and Exchange Help as well as macOS and OS X Education.

Contact Progent to Find Help for Running Windows Software on Apple Macs
If your company is looking for a macOS or OS X consultant, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Expertise for UNIX Platforms
Progent's UNIX-family support services offer small companies and developers assistance with managing and servicing UNIX/Linux/Mac-based networks that may operate alongside Microsoft technology. Progent provides your company access to UNIX technical professionals, certified Microsoft consultants, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security experts accredited by CISSP and CISM. This broad array of knowledge offers your company a readily available one-stop resource to help your business to create and manage a safe and resilient multi-vendor network and communications solution that blends Microsoft Windows with popular versions of UNIX such as: Apple macOS and OS X , Sun Solaris, IBM AIX Open UNIX, HP-UX, BSD, SCO UNIX and Silicon Graphics IRIX or important Linux variants such as RedHat, SUSE Linux, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva Linux, PCLOS, fedora Linux, and Gentoo Linux.

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