Companies often depend on software applications designed to run exclusively on Microsoft Windows. For companies with a combination of Apple Mac and Windows computers, there exist two basic solutions for using Microsoft Windows-dependent software on an Apple Mac: remote control of a physical Windows computer or local emulation of a Windows operating system on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac enables you to attach a Mac to a remote Microsoft Windows-based PC to run Windows programs and share system resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is included in Office for Mac 2011 and offers significant improvements over older releases. Virtual PC for Mac emulates Windows on an Apple Mac system so that you can use Windows software directly. Virtual PC for Apple Mac was included in advanced editions of Office 2004 for Mac but is not included in the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Apple Mac.

Progent's Apple Macintosh support experts can assist your organization to maintain these products for using Microsoft Windows programs on your Apple Macs and can also assist you to evaluate and install third-party products for Windows platform emulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac
Consulting for MS Remote Desktop Connection for Apple MacRemote Desktop Connection for Mac enables you to attach your Mac to a Windows-based system to run Windows software, exchange documents, and share system resources. You can transfer files between your Apple Mac and your Windows-powered computer and output from Microsoft Windows software to printers connected to your Apple Mac.

Desktop emulation requires comparatively little processing utilization from the local Apple Mac and therefore in typical situations provides better performance than CPU emulation. To connect to a remote Windows-based computer, you need network connectivity and authorization to attach to the Windows computer. The Windows machine must also be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is provided as a free download or as a component of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is compatible with Windows Server 2008, 2003, XP Professional, and Windows 2000 Server.

Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 provides improved capabilities that include:

  • A GUI environment and options bar that makes the connection window simpler to use
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for faster performance and Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Multiple session capability for managing connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic reconnection for restarting a session if you drop the network connection
  • Window sizing options for executing the remote connection in full-screen mode or in a resizable window
  • Mac printing compatibility for outputting Windows files on an Apple Mac printer
  • Network Level Authentication for enhanced protection when connecting to Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Higher screen density to accommodate wide-screen monitors
  • Faster login options for improved productivity

Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac HelpVirtual PC for Apple Mac emulates an Intel/AMD-type CPU and turns a Mac into the equivalent of Windows machine that allows you to utilize Windows PC applications, files, and network appliances. Processor emulation is CPU intensive on the local Mac and trades off some performance in exchange for convenience, versatility, and a richer array of capabilities. Virtual PC version 7 works with the Apple Mac G5 platform and Apple Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and was provided with the Professional Edition of MS Office 2004 for Mac.

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

  • Sharing of Files and Temporary Storage allows folder and removable media exchange between Windows and Apple Mac programs and permits storing files in a folder on an Apple Mac and retrieving them from within Microsoft Windows
  • Access to Apple Mac and Windows PC Appliances allows access to a variety of Windows PC and Mac peripherals including printers and removable disks, even ones designed specifically to be used on a Microsoft Windows system
  • Cross-platform Cut and Paste allows Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac application to use a common clipboard for copying and pasting between Windows and Mac platforms
  • A Fast Save feature allows you to turn off a virtual PC in one step and start again from that point
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther users (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) does away with the necessity to install special drivers. Users can select Print and use the identical output capability and drivers utilized by the Apple Mac OS.

How Progent's Apple Mac Engineers Can Assist You to Use Microsoft Windows Applications on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants and Mac technology experts can help your organization to identify and install appropriate software to allow your Mac clients to run Microsoft Windows software. In addition, Progent can help your company to incorporate your Macs seamlessly into your network environment to enhance stability, throughput, and protection and to maximize business value. Progent can in addition deliver Mac and Exchange Help as well as Mac OS X Education.

Contact Progent If You Need Help for Running Windows Programs on Macs
If your organization is looking for a Mac OS X consultant, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Expertise for UNIX-family Networks
Progent's UNIX support experts offer small companies and product developers help with managing and servicing UNIX/Linux/OS X-based networks that may operate alongside Microsoft technology. Progent provides your business the services of UNIX technical experts, authorized Microsoft engineers, Cisco CCIEs, and security specialists accredited by CISSP and CISM. This broad range of knowledge gives you a convenient single resource to assist your business to create and support a protected and dependable multi-vendor network and communications solution that incorporates Microsoft Windows with leading versions of UNIX including: Mac OS X, Solaris, IBM AIX OS, HP-UX, Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO UNIX and Silicon Graphics IRIX or important Linux versions including RedHat, SUSE, Debian-GNU and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS Linux, fedora Linux, and Gentoo.

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