Organizations often depend on applications that run solely on Microsoft Windows. For companies with a combination of Mac and Microsoft Windows computers, there exist two basic solutions for running Microsoft Windows-dependent applications on Mac OS X: an external connection to an actual Windows computer or local emulation of a Windows operating system on a Mac OS X desktop. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac enables you to attach a Mac to a networked Windows-powered computer to use Windows programs and share system resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is included in Office for Mac 2011 and features significant enhancements over previous versions. Virtual PC for Mac emulates Microsoft Windows on a Mac computer so you are able to use Windows programs directly. Virtual PC for Mac was included in advanced versions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac but is not included in the current releases of Office for Mac.

Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help your business to manage these products for using Microsoft Windows applications on your Apple Macs and can also assist your business to evaluate and configure third-party solutions for Windows PC simulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac
Expertise for Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple MacMicrosoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect your Mac to a Windows-based computer to run Microsoft Windows software, access documents, and share system resources. You can copy files between your Apple Mac and your Microsoft Windows-based system and print from Windows software to printers connected to your Mac.

Desktop emulation demands comparatively modest CPU utilization from the client Apple Mac and therefore in typical situations provides better responsiveness than CPU simulation. To connect to a remote Windows-powered computer, you need network connectivity and authorization to attach to the computer. The Microsoft Windows machine must also be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is provided as a no-cost download or as part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is compatible with Windows Server 2008, 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000.

Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 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 better throughput and Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Multiple session capability for handling connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic reconnection for restarting a session if you lose the connection
  • Window sizing alternatives for running the remote connection in full-screen mode or in a resizable window
  • Mac printer compatibility for outputting Windows documents on a Mac-attached printer
  • Network Level Authentication for improved security when connecting to Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Improved screen resolution to support wide-screen displays
  • Faster login procedures for enhanced productivity

Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac ConsultingVirtual PC for Mac simulates an Intel-class CPU and turns a Mac into the equivalent of Windows machine that permits you to utilize Windows PC programs, documents, and network appliances. Processor simulation is processor intensive on the client Apple Mac and loses some performance for convenience, versatility, and a more complete array of features. Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Mac G5 processor and Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the Professional Edition of Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

Important benefits of Virtual PC 7 for Mac include:

  • Sharing of Files and Temporary Media allows folder and media exchange between Microsoft Windows and Mac applications and allows saving documents and data in a folder on an Apple Mac and retrieving them from within Microsoft Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Appliances allows connect to to an assortment of Microsoft Windows PC and Apple Mac appliances such as printers and external hard disks, even devices designed specifically to be used on a Microsoft Windows computer
  • Multi-platform Copy and Paste allows Virtual PC version 7 and a Mac application to use the same clipboard for copying and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac environments
  • A Fast Save capability permits you to shut down a virtual PC in a single step and resume from that point
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther users (Apple Mac OS X version 10.3) does away with the necessity to install specific drivers. It is possible to click Print and use the same printing functionality and drivers used by the Mac operating system.

How Progent's Mac Consultants Can Help Your Company to Run Windows Applications on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants and Mac technology experts can assist your company to choose and install the right software to enable your Apple Mac users to utilize Windows software. In addition, Progent can assist your business to integrate your Macs efficiently into your network infrastructure to enhance reliability, performance, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can in addition provide Mac and Microsoft Exchange Help plus Mac OS X Training.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Help for Running Windows Programs on Macs
If you are trying to find a Mac OS X support professional, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Support for UNIX-based Systems
Progent's UNIX-family support experts offer small businesses and software developers assistance with administering and maintaining UNIX/Linux/OS X-based systems that can coexist with Microsoft-based technology. Progent provides your company contact with UNIX technical professionals, authorized Microsoft engineers, Cisco CCIEs, and security experts certified by CISM. This wide range of knowledge gives your company a readily available single resource to help you to create and manage a secure and reliable multi-vendor network and communications system that blends Microsoft Windows with popular versions of UNIX such as: Apple Mac OS X, Solaris, IBM AIX OS, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO and SGI/Irix or major Linux platforms including RedHat, SUSE Linux, Debian-GNU and CentOS, Ubuntu, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS Linux, fedora, and Gentoo Linux.

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