Companies commonly depend on applications designed to run exclusively on Windows. For companies with a combination of Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows computers, there exist two basic solutions for running Windows-dependent software on an Apple Mac: an external connection to an actual Windows PC or local simulation of a Microsoft Windows environment on a Mac OS X desktop. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac enables you to connect an Apple Mac to a remote Windows-powered computer to run Microsoft Windows applications and share network resources. Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is included in Microsoft Office for Mac and features significant improvements over previous releases. Virtual PC for Apple Mac simulates Windows on a Mac computer so you are able to use Windows applications directly. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac was included in advanced editions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac but is not included in the latest releases of 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 consultants can help you to manage these products for using Windows programs on your Apple Macs and can also assist your company to evaluate and configure other solutions for Microsoft Windows platform simulation.
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac enables you to attach your Mac to a Windows-based computer to run Windows programs, exchange documents, and utilize network resources. You can transfer files between your Apple Mac and your Windows-based system and print from Microsoft Windows software to printers connected to your Mac.
Desktop simulation demands comparatively little processing utilization from the client Mac and therefore in typical situations offers higher responsiveness than CPU emulation. To connect to a Windows-powered computer, you need network connectivity and permissions to attach to the Windows computer. The Microsoft Windows computer must also be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. MS Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is available as a free web download or as part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2 provides enhanced features that include:
- A user interface and options bar that makes the connection window simpler to operate
- Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for faster performance and Windows Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
- Multiple session capability for managing connections with multiple remote computers
- Automatic reconnection for restarting a session if you drop the network connection
- Session Window sizing alternatives for executing the remote session as a full screen or in an adjustable window
- Mac printer support for outputting Microsoft Windows files on an Apple Mac printer
- Network Level Authentication (NLA) for improved protection when connecting to Vista and Windows 7 computers
- Higher screen resolution to accommodate wide-screen monitors
- Streamlined login procedures for enhanced productivity
Virtual PC for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac simulates an Intel-class CPU and turns an Apple Mac into a virtual Windows machine that permits you to utilize Windows programs, files, and network appliances. CPU simulation is processor intensive on the local Apple Mac and trades off some performance for simplicity, flexibility, and a more complete array of features. Virtual PC version 7 is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 platform and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and was included with the Professional Edition of MS Office 2004 for Apple Mac.
Key benefits of Virtual PC 7 for Mac include:
- Shared Folders and Temporary Storage enables folder and removable media exchange between Windows and Mac applications and allows saving documents and data in a folder on a Mac and retrieving them from within Microsoft Windows
- Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Appliances allows connect to to an assortment of Microsoft Windows PC and Mac appliances including printers and removable drives, even ones designed specifically to be run with a Windows computer
- Cross-platform Cut and Paste allows Microsoft Virtual PC version 7 and a Mac application to share a common clipboard for cutting and pasting between Windows and Mac environments
- A Quick Save capability allows you to shut down a virtual PC in one step and start again from that position
- No Set-up Printing for Panther users (Mac OS X version 10.3) does away with the necessity to install special drivers. Users can click Print and utilize the same output capability and drivers utilized by the Mac OS.
How Progent's macOS and OS X Engineers Can Assist Your Company to Run Microsoft Windows Applications on Apple Macs
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants and Mac technology experts can help you to identify and deploy the right applications to allow your Mac clients to utilize Microsoft Windows applications. Also, Progent can help your organization to incorporate your Macs seamlessly into your network infrastructure to improve reliability, throughput, and protection and to optimize business value. Progent can also provide Mac and Exchange Server Help and macOS and OS X Training.
Contact Progent If You Need Help for Running Windows Software on Macs
If your company is looking for a macOS or OS X expert, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
Progent's Help for UNIX Environments
Progent's UNIX-family support services provide small businesses and developers assistance with administering and servicing UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that may operate alongside Microsoft-based technology. Progent provides your organization contact with UNIX support experts, certified Microsoft engineers, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security specialists certified by CISSP and CISM. This broad array of expertise offers your company a convenient single resource to help your business to build and support a safe and dependable multi-vendor connectivity and communications infrastructure that incorporates Windows with leading derivatives of UNIX including:
Apple macOS and OS X ,
IBM AIX Operating System,
HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX),
Berkeley UNIX (BSD),
SCO UNIX and
Silicon Graphics IRIX or important Linux distributions such as
Debian GNU/Linux and