Organizations often depend on applications designed to run exclusively on Windows. For companies that have a mix of Mac and Microsoft Windows desktops, there exist two basic solutions for running Windows-dependent software on macOS or OS X: remote control of a physical Windows computer or local simulation of a Microsoft Windows operating system on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac enables you to attach an Apple Mac to a remote Microsoft Windows-powered computer to run Microsoft Windows applications and share system resources. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac is included in Microsoft Office for Mac and offers significant improvements over older versions. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac simulates Windows on a Mac system so you are able to run Microsoft Windows applications directly. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac was available in advanced versions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not included in the latest 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 consultants can help your organization to manage these products for using Microsoft Windows programs on your Macs and can also help your organization to assess and configure third-party solutions for Windows PC simulation.
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac enables you to connect your Apple Mac to a Windows-based system to run Windows applications, access documents, and share network resources. You can transfer documents between your Apple Mac and your Windows-based system and print from Windows programs to any printers attached to your Mac.
Desktop simulation demands relatively modest processing utilization from the client Mac and therefore in typical scenarios offers better responsiveness than processor simulation. To connect to a remote Microsoft Windows-powered computer, you need network access and authorization to attach to the computer. The Microsoft Windows computer must be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. MS Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is available as a no-cost download or as part of Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000.
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2 offers enhanced features including:
- A user interface and menu bar that makes the connection window easier to use
- Remote Desktop Protocol version 6.0 for better performance and Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
- Multiple session capability for handling sessions with multiple computers
- Automatic re-attach for resuming a remote session if you drop the network connection
- Session Window sizing options for running the remote session as a full screen or in an adjustable window
- Mac printer compatibility for outputting Microsoft Windows files on a Mac-attached printer
- Network Level Authentication for improved security when attaching to Vista and Windows 7 PCs
- Improved screen resolution to support wide-screen monitors
- Streamlined login procedures for improved efficiency
Virtual PC for Mac
Virtual PC for Mac emulates an Intel/AMD-type processor and converts an Apple Mac into a virtual Windows machine that permits you to access Windows programs, documents, and network appliances. CPU emulation is processor intensive on the local Mac and trades off some speed in exchange for convenience, flexibility, and a more complete array of capabilities. Virtual PC version 7 works 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 version 7 include:
- Sharing of Files and Temporary Media enables file and removable media sharing between Windows and Apple Mac programs and allows storing documents and data in a folder on a Mac and retrieving them from within Windows
- Shared Apple Mac and Windows PC Appliances makes it possible to access to an assortment of Microsoft Windows PC and Apple Mac peripherals including printers and removable disks, even devices made specifically to be run with a Windows system
- Multi-OS Copy and Paste enables Virtual PC 7 for Mac and a Mac application to share a common clipboard for copying and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac platforms
- A Quick Save capability permits users to shut down a virtual PC in one step and resume from that point
- No Set-up Printing for Panther systems (Mac OS X version 10.3) eliminates the need to install special printer drivers. It is possible to click Print and use the identical printing functionality and drivers utilized by the Mac OS.
How Progent's macOS and OS X Engineers Can Help Your Company to Run Microsoft Windows Applications on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-expert engineers and Mac specialists can help your company to choose and deploy appropriate products to enable your Apple Mac clients to utilize Microsoft Windows applications. Also, Progent can assist your organization to incorporate your Macs efficiently into your network environment to improve reliability, performance, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can also provide Mac OS X and Microsoft Exchange Help and macOS and OS X Training.
Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Help for Running Microsoft Windows Programs on Apple Macs
If your organization is looking for a macOS or OS X expert, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
Progent's Consulting Services for UNIX-family Environments
Progent's UNIX consulting experts provide small businesses and developers assistance with managing and maintaining UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that may coexist with Microsoft-based technology. Progent provides your business contact with UNIX technical professionals, authorized Microsoft engineers, Cisco CCIEs, and security experts accredited by CISSP. This wide array of knowledge offers you a readily available one-stop source to help you to create and support a secure and resilient multi-vendor connectivity and communications solution that combines Windows with leading variants of UNIX such as:
macOS and OS X ,
IBM AIX OS,
Silicon Graphics IRIX (SGI/IRIX) or important Linux distributions including
fedora Linux, and