Organizations often rely on applications designed to run solely on Microsoft Windows. For companies with a mix of Apple Mac and Windows desktops, there exist two popular solutions for running Windows-only applications on an Apple Mac: an external connection to a physical Windows PC or local emulation of a Windows environment on a Mac computer. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac allows you to connect an Apple Mac to a remote Windows-powered computer to use Windows applications and access system resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is a component of Microsoft Office for Mac and offers major enhancements over previous releases. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac emulates Microsoft Windows on an Apple Mac system so that you can run Microsoft Windows applications locally. Virtual PC for Mac was included in high-end versions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not offered in the current 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 company to manage these solutions for running Microsoft Windows applications on your Macs and can also help you to assess and configure third-party solutions for Microsoft Windows platform simulation.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac
Consulting for Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for MacMicrosoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac allows you to connect your Mac to a Windows-based computer to run Windows programs, access files, and share system resources. You can transfer files between your Apple Mac and your Windows-based computer and output from Windows software to printers attached to your Mac.

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

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac version 2 offers improved capabilities including:

  • A user environment and options bar that makes the attachment function easier to operate
  • Remote Desktop Protocol version 6.0 for better throughput and Vista and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Multiple session capability for managing connections with multiple computers
  • Automatic re-attach for restarting a session if you drop the network connection
  • Window sizing alternatives for executing the remote session as a full screen or in an adjustable window
  • Mac printer compatibility for printing 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 displays
  • Faster login procedures for improved productivity

Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac HelpVirtual PC for Mac simulates an Intel/AMD-type CPU and converts an Apple Mac into the equivalent of Windows computer that permits you to utilize Windows applications, files, and network appliances. Processor simulation is processor intensive on the client Mac and trades off some performance in exchange for simplicity, flexibility, and a more complete set of capabilities. Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 processor and Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the advanced version of MS Office 2004 for Mac.

Important features of Virtual PC version 7 include:

  • Sharing of Folders and Temporary Storage allows file and removable media sharing between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac applications and allows saving documents and data in a folder on a Mac and accessing them from within Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Appliances allows access to an assortment of Windows PC and Mac appliances such as printers and removable drives, even ones designed specifically to be used on a Microsoft Windows system
  • Cross-platform Copy and Paste enables Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and a Mac application to use the same clipboard for copying and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Mac environments
  • A Fast Save capability permits users to shut down a virtual PC in a single step and start again from that point
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther systems (Mac OS X 10.3) does away with the need to install specific drivers. It is possible to click Print and use the same output functionality and software drivers utilized by the Mac OS.

How Progent's macOS and OS X Experts Can Assist Your Company to Use Windows Software on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-premier consultants and Mac specialists can help you to select and install appropriate products to enable your Apple Mac users to utilize Microsoft Windows software. In addition, Progent can help your organization to integrate your Macs seamlessly into your network infrastructure to enhance reliability, performance, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can in addition provide Mac OS X and Exchange Help as well as macOS and OS X Training.

Contact Progent If You Need Expertise for Running Microsoft Windows Software on Apple Macs
If your organization is looking for a macOS or OS X support professional, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

Progent's Expertise for UNIX-based Systems
Progent's UNIX consulting experts provide small companies and product developers assistance with administering and supporting UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that may coexist with Microsoft-based environments. Progent offers your company the services of UNIX support professionals, authorized Microsoft consultants, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security experts accredited by CISM. This broad range of expertise gives your company a convenient one-stop resource to assist your business to build and support a secure and resilient multi-vendor connectivity and communications solution that combines Windows with popular variants of UNIX including: Apple macOS and OS X , Sun Solaris, IBM AIX OS, HP-UX, BSD, SCO UNIX and SGI/Irix or major Linux distributions such as RedHat, SUSE, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS Linux, fedora Linux, and Gentoo.