Organizations often depend on applications designed to run solely on Windows. For companies that have a mix of Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows computers, there exist two basic solutions for using Microsoft Windows-only software on an Apple Mac: remote control of a physical Windows PC or local simulation of a Windows operating system on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac allows you to attach a Mac to a networked Windows-based PC to use Microsoft Windows software and share network resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac is included in Microsoft Office for Mac and offers major enhancements over previous releases. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac emulates Windows on an Apple Mac system so that you are able to use Windows applications directly. Virtual PC for Apple Mac was included in high-end editions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac but is not offered in the latest releases of Microsoft Office for 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 organization to maintain these solutions for using Windows software on your Apple Macs and can in addition assist your business to evaluate and install third-party solutions for Windows platform emulation.

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

Desktop emulation demands comparatively little processing utilization from the local Mac and so in most scenarios offers higher responsiveness than CPU emulation. To connect to a Windows-powered computer, you need network access and permissions to connect to the computer. The Windows machine must be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac is available as a no-cost download or as a component of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, XP Professional, and Windows 2000 Server.

Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 provides enhanced features that include:

  • A user environment and options bar that makes the attachment function simpler to use
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for faster performance and Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Multiple session support for handling connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic re-attach for resuming a remote session if you drop the network connection
  • Window sizing alternatives for executing the remote session as a full screen or in a resizable window
  • Apple Mac printer support for outputting Microsoft Windows files on a Mac-attached printer
  • Network Level Authentication (NLA) for enhanced protection when connecting to Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Improved screen resolution to support wide-screen displays
  • Faster login procedures for enhanced efficiency

Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac ConsultingVirtual PC for Apple Mac emulates an Intel/AMD-type processor and turns a Mac into the equivalent of Windows computer that permits you to access Windows PC applications, files, and network resources. Processor emulation is CPU intensive on the local Apple Mac and trades off some performance in exchange for simplicity, versatility, and a richer set of features. Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Mac G5 platform and Apple Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the Professional Edition of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

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

  • Shared Folders and Temporary Media allows folder and media sharing between Windows and Apple Mac applications and permits storing documents and data in a folder on an Apple Mac and retrieving them from within Microsoft Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Peripherals allows access to a variety of Microsoft Windows PC and Apple Mac peripherals including printers and external disks, even devices designed specifically to be used on a Microsoft Windows system
  • Multi-OS Cut and Paste enables Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac application to share the same clipboard for cutting and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac environments
  • A Fast Save capability allows you to shut down a virtual PC in a single step and resume from that position
  • Zero Configuration Printing for Panther users (Mac OS X version 10.3) does away with the necessity to download special printer drivers. You can click Print and utilize the identical printing functionality and software drivers used by the Apple Mac operating system.

How Progent's macOS and OS X Engineers Can Assist You to Use Microsoft Windows Applications on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-expert engineers and Mac specialists can assist you to choose and install the right applications to enable your Mac users to run Microsoft Windows applications. Also, Progent can assist you to incorporate your Macs efficiently into your network environment to enhance stability, throughput, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can in addition deliver Mac OS X and Exchange Consulting and macOS and OS X Training.

Get in Touch with Progent to Find Consulting for Running Windows Applications on Apple Macs
If your company is looking for a macOS or OS X expert, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting Services for UNIX-based Networks
Progent's UNIX-family consulting services provide small businesses and developers assistance with administering and servicing UNIX/Linux/Mac-based networks that can operate alongside Microsoft-based technology. Progent provides your business contact with UNIX technical professionals, authorized Microsoft engineers, Cisco CCIEs, and security specialists certified by CISSP and CISM. This broad range of expertise gives your company a readily available one-stop source to help you to create and maintain a protected and robust multi-vendor connectivity and communications system that blends Microsoft Windows with leading versions of UNIX including: macOS and OS X , Solaris, IBM AIX Operating System, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), BSD, SCO and Silicon Graphics IRIX or important Linux distributions including RedHat, SUSE, Debian-GNU and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva, PCLOS, fedora Linux, and Gentoo.