Companies often rely on software applications that run exclusively on Windows. For companies that have a mix of Mac and Microsoft Windows desktops, there are two basic alternatives for using Windows-only applications on macOS or OS X: remote control of an actual Windows computer or local simulation of a Windows environment on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac enables you to attach a Mac to a networked Windows-powered PC to run Microsoft Windows software and access system resources. Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is included in Office for Mac and features significant improvements over older versions. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac simulates Windows on an Apple Mac system so that you are able to use Microsoft Windows programs directly. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac was available in high-end versions of Office 2004 for Mac but is not offered in the latest versions of 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 company to manage these solutions for running Microsoft Windows software on your Apple Macs and can in addition help your organization to assess and install third-party products for Windows PC simulation.
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac enables you to connect your Mac to a Microsoft Windows-based computer to execute Microsoft Windows software, exchange files, and share system resources. You can transfer documents between your Mac and your Microsoft Windows-based computer and print from Microsoft Windows programs to printers connected to your Mac.
Desktop emulation requires relatively modest CPU utilization from the client Mac and so in most situations offers better responsiveness than processor simulation. To connect to a Windows-powered computer, you must have network access and authorization to attach to the computer. The Windows computer must also be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is available as a free download or as part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is compatible with Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.
Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 provides enhanced features that include:
- A user environment and options bar that makes the connection window easier to use
- Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for better throughput and Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
- Multiple session capability for handling connections with multiple remote computers
- Automatic reconnection for restarting a session if you lose the connection
- Session Window sizing alternatives for executing the remote connection as a full screen or in a resizable window
- Mac printer compatibility for outputting Windows files on a Mac-connected printer
- Network Level Authentication for improved security when attaching to Vista and Windows 7 computers
- Higher screen density to accommodate wide-screen monitors
- Streamlined login procedures for enhanced productivity
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac simulates an Intel-class CPU and turns a Mac into a virtual Microsoft Windows computer that permits you to access Windows PC software, documents, and network resources. Processor simulation is CPU intensive on the local Mac and loses some performance for simplicity, flexibility, and a richer set of features. Virtual PC 7 for Mac works with the Mac G5 platform and Apple Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the advanced version of MS Office 2004 for Mac.
Important benefits of Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 include:
- Shared Files and Removable Storage allows folder and removable media exchange between Windows and Mac applications and permits saving files in a folder on a Mac and accessing them from within Windows
- Shared Apple Mac and Windows PC Peripherals allows connect to to a variety of Microsoft Windows PC and Apple Mac peripherals such as printers and external hard disks, even devices designed specifically to be used with a Windows computer
- Multi-platform Copy and Paste enables Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac program to use the same clipboard for cutting and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac platforms
- A Fast Save capability allows users to turn off a virtual PC in a single step and resume from that position
- Zero Configuration Printing for Panther users (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) does away with the need to download specific printer drivers. Users can select Print and use the same printing functionality and drivers used by the Apple Mac operating system.
How Progent's macOS and OS X Engineers Can Help Your Company to Run Windows Applications on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers and Mac technology experts can assist you to choose and deploy appropriate applications to allow your Mac clients to run Windows software. In addition, Progent can assist your company to incorporate your Macs seamlessly into your network environment to improve reliability, throughput, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can in addition deliver Mac OS X and Exchange Consulting as well as macOS and OS X Training.
Get in Touch with Progent to Find Help for Running Windows Programs on Apple Macs
If your organization is in need of a macOS or OS X specialist, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
Progent's Expertise for UNIX-based Platforms
Progent's UNIX-family support services offer small companies and developers assistance with managing and servicing UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that can operate alongside Microsoft technology. Progent offers your business access to UNIX support professionals, certified Microsoft consultants, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security experts certified by CISSP. This broad range of knowledge offers you a convenient single resource to assist your business to create and maintain a safe and robust cross-platform connectivity and communications infrastructure that blends Microsoft Windows with popular derivatives of UNIX including:
macOS and OS X ,
IBM AIX Open UNIX,
HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX),
Silicon Graphics IRIX (SGI/IRIX) or important Linux distributions including