Companies commonly depend on applications designed to run solely on Microsoft Windows. For businesses that have a combination of Mac and Microsoft Windows desktops, there exist two popular alternatives for running Windows-only software on Mac OS X: an external connection to a physical Windows PC or local simulation of a Microsoft Windows environment on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac enables you to attach a Mac to a remote Windows-powered computer to run Microsoft Windows software and share 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 emulates Windows on an Apple Mac system so you can use Microsoft Windows software locally. Virtual PC for Mac was available in advanced versions of Office 2004 for Mac but is not included in the latest releases of Office for Apple Mac.

Progent's Apple Mac OS X consultants can help your organization to maintain these solutions for using Microsoft Windows applications on your Apple Macs and can also assist your organization to assess and install third-party solutions for Windows platform simulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac
Consulting for Remote Desktop Connection for Apple MacMicrosoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac allows you to connect your Apple Mac to a Windows-based system to execute Microsoft Windows software, access documents, and share network resources. You can transfer documents between your Mac and your Windows-powered system and print from Windows software to any printers connected to your Mac.

Desktop simulation requires relatively little processing power from the client Apple Mac and therefore in most scenarios offers better responsiveness than processor emulation. To attach to a Windows-based computer, you need network access and authorization to connect to the Windows computer. The Windows computer must also be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is provided as a free download or as part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Windows 2000 Server.

Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 offers improved features including:

  • A user interface and menu bar that makes the attachment function easier to operate
  • Remote Desktop Protocol version 6.0 for faster throughput and Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
  • Multiple session capability for handling connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic re-attach for resuming a remote session if you drop the connection
  • Session Window sizing alternatives for running the remote connection as a full screen or in an adjustable window
  • Apple Mac printing compatibility for printing Microsoft Windows documents on an Apple Mac printer
  • Network Level Authentication (NLA) for enhanced security when connecting to Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Improved screen density to support wide-screen displays
  • Streamlined login options for enhanced productivity

Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Virtual PC for Mac ConsultingVirtual PC for Apple Mac emulates an Intel-class CPU and turns an Apple Mac into a virtual Microsoft Windows machine that permits you to access Windows PC software, documents, and network appliances. Processor simulation is processor intensive on the local Mac and loses some speed in exchange for convenience, flexibility, and a richer set of features. Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 platform and Apple Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the Professional Edition of Office 2004 for Mac.

Important features of Virtual PC 7 for Mac include:

  • Sharing of Files and Removable Media allows file and media exchange between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac applications and allows saving documents and data in a folder on a Mac and retrieving them from within Microsoft Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Windows PC Appliances makes it possible to connect to to an assortment of Microsoft Windows PC and Mac appliances including printers and external drives, even ones designed specifically to be run on a Microsoft Windows system
  • Multi-OS Copy and Paste enables Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac program to share the same clipboard for cutting and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac environments
  • A Quick Save capability permits you to turn off a virtual PC in one step and start again from that position
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther systems (Mac OS X 10.3) eliminates the necessity to download specific drivers. It is possible to click Print and use the identical output functionality and drivers used by the Apple Mac operating system.

How Progent's OS X Engineers Can Help You to Use Windows Software on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants and Mac specialists can assist you to choose and deploy the right products to enable your Apple Mac clients to utilize Windows software. Also, Progent can assist your organization to incorporate your Apple Macs seamlessly into your network environment to enhance reliability, performance, and security and to maximize productivity. Progent can in addition provide Mac and Microsoft Exchange Consulting plus Mac Training.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Expertise for Running Microsoft Windows Programs on Apple Macs
If you are in need of a Mac OS X support professional, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting Services for UNIX Systems
Progent's UNIX consulting services offer small businesses and software developers assistance with administering and supporting UNIX/Linux/OS X-based systems that can operate alongside Microsoft environments. Progent offers your business contact with UNIX technical experts, certified Microsoft engineers, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security experts certified by CISSP. This broad array of expertise offers your company a convenient one-stop source to assist your business to build and manage a secure and robust cross-platform connectivity and communications solution that incorporates Microsoft technology with leading variants of UNIX such as: Mac OS X, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX Open UNIX, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO and SGI/Irix or major Linux platforms including RedHat Linux, SUSE Linux, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS, fedora, and Gentoo Linux.

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