Companies often depend on software applications that run exclusively on Windows. For businesses that have a combination of Mac and Windows computers, there are two popular alternatives for using Windows-dependent software on an Apple Mac: remote control of a physical Windows PC or local simulation of a Microsoft Windows operating system on a Mac OS X desktop. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac enables you to attach an Apple Mac to a remote Windows-based PC to use Microsoft Windows software and share network resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is a component of Office for Mac and features significant enhancements over older releases. Virtual PC for Mac emulates Windows on an Apple Mac computer so that you are able to run Microsoft Windows software directly. Virtual PC for Mac was available in advanced editions of Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not offered in the current releases of Microsoft Office for Apple Mac. VMware Fusion allows you to run Windows as well as most other operating systems on a Mac.

Progent's macOS and OS X support experts can assist your company to manage these solutions for running Microsoft Windows programs on your Apple Macs and can in addition assist your company to evaluate and install third-party solutions for Windows platform emulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac
Consulting for MS Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple MacMicrosoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac allows you to connect your Apple Mac to a Windows-based system to run Microsoft Windows programs, exchange files, and utilize system resources. You can copy documents between your Mac and your Microsoft Windows-powered computer and print from Microsoft Windows software to printers attached to your Apple Mac.

Desktop simulation demands comparatively little CPU power from the local Apple Mac and therefore in most scenarios provides better responsiveness than processor emulation. To connect to a remote Windows-based computer, you must have network access and permissions to attach to the computer. The Microsoft Windows computer must be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is provided as a no-cost web download or as a component of Office for Mac 2011 and is compatible with Windows Server 2008, 2003, XP Professional, and Windows 2000 Server.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 provides improved features including:

  • A user environment and menu bar that makes the connection function simpler to use
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for better throughput and Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
  • Multiple session support for handling connections with a number of computers
  • Automatic reconnection for restarting a remote 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-connected printer
  • Network Level Authentication for enhanced security when connecting to Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs
  • Higher screen density to support wide-screen displays
  • Faster login options for improved productivity

Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac HelpMicrosoft's Virtual PC for Mac emulates an Intel/AMD-type CPU and turns an Apple Mac into a virtual Microsoft Windows computer that permits you to utilize Windows software, files, and network resources. CPU emulation is CPU intensive on the client Apple Mac and trades off some performance for convenience, flexibility, and a more complete array of features. Virtual PC version 7 works with the Apple Mac G5 processor and Apple Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and was provided with the advanced version of Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

Key features of Microsoft's Virtual PC 7 for Mac include:

  • Shared Files and Removable Media enables file and media sharing between Microsoft Windows and Mac applications and permits storing documents and data in a folder on an Apple Mac and retrieving them from within Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Windows PC Peripherals makes it possible to access to a variety of Windows PC and Mac peripherals including printers and external disks, even ones designed specifically to be run with a Microsoft Windows system
  • Cross-OS Copy and Paste allows Microsoft Virtual PC 7 for Mac and an Apple Mac program to share a common clipboard for copying and pasting between Windows and Mac platforms
  • A Fast Save feature allows users to shut down a virtual PC in a single step and resume from that point
  • Zero Configuration Printing for Panther systems (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) does away with the need to install special printer drivers. You can click Print and utilize the identical output capability and drivers utilized by the Apple Mac operating system.

How Progent's macOS and OS X Experts Can Assist Your Company to Run Microsoft Windows Applications on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers and Mac specialists can assist your company to choose and install the right products to enable your Mac clients to utilize Windows applications. In addition, Progent can assist your organization to incorporate your Macs seamlessly into your network infrastructure to enhance stability, throughput, and protection and to maximize business value. Progent can also provide Mac OS X and Exchange Server Consulting and macOS and OS X Training.

Contact Progent If You Need Consulting for Running Microsoft Windows Applications on Macs
If your company is trying to find a macOS or OS X specialist, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Support for UNIX Networks
Progent's UNIX support experts provide small companies and product developers assistance with managing and maintaining UNIX/Linux/Mac-based networks that may coexist with Microsoft technology. Progent provides your company the services of UNIX support professionals, certified Microsoft consultants, Cisco CCIEs, and security specialists certified by CISSP. This broad range of knowledge gives your company a readily available single resource to assist your business to build and manage a protected and resilient cross-platform connectivity and communications solution that combines Windows with popular versions of UNIX such as: macOS and OS X , Solaris, IBM AIX OS, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), BSD, SCO UNIX and SGI/Irix or major Linux distributions including RedHat, SUSE, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS Linux, fedora, and Gentoo.