Companies commonly depend on software applications designed to run exclusively on Microsoft Windows. For companies with a mix of Apple Mac and Windows desktops, there are two basic alternatives for running Windows-dependent applications on macOS or OS X: 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 for Mac allows you to connect an Apple Mac to a remote Microsoft Windows-powered computer to use Windows programs and access system resources. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac is a component of Office for Mac and features major enhancements over previous releases. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac simulates Windows on an Apple Mac computer so that you are able to run Microsoft Windows software directly. Microsoft's Virtual PC for Apple Mac was available in high-end editions of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac but is not offered in the latest versions 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 assist you to manage these products for using Windows programs on your Macs and can in addition assist your business to assess and configure third-party solutions for Windows platform simulation.

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

Desktop emulation demands relatively little CPU utilization from the client Apple Mac and so in most situations offers better responsiveness than processor simulation. To connect to a Windows-based computer, you need network connectivity and authorization to attach to the computer. The Microsoft Windows machine must also be running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. Remote Desktop Connection 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.

Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 provides enhanced capabilities including:

  • A GUI environment and menu bar that makes the attachment function easier to operate
  • Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for better throughput and Windows Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
  • Multiple session support for handling connections with a number of remote computers
  • Automatic reconnection for restarting a session if you drop the network connection
  • Session Window sizing options for executing the remote session as a full screen or in an adjustable window
  • Mac printing compatibility for printing Microsoft Windows documents on an Apple Mac printer
  • Network Level Authentication for improved security when attaching to Vista and Windows 7 computers
  • Improved screen resolution to accommodate wide-screen displays
  • Streamlined login procedures for enhanced efficiency

Virtual PC for Mac
Virtual PC for Apple Mac HelpVirtual PC for Apple Mac emulates an Intel/AMD-type CPU and converts a Mac into the equivalent of Windows computer that permits you to utilize Windows programs, documents, and network appliances. CPU emulation is processor intensive on the client Mac and trades off some speed for convenience, flexibility, and a more complete array of features. Virtual PC 7 for Mac is compatible with the Apple Mac G5 processor and Mac OS X version 10.3 (Panther) and was provided with the Professional Edition of Microsoft Office 2004 for Apple Mac.

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

  • Sharing of Files and Removable Media enables folder and removable media exchange between Windows and Apple Mac applications and allows storing files in a folder on a Mac and retrieving them from within Windows
  • Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Appliances allows access to an assortment of Windows PC and Apple Mac appliances such as printers and removable disks, even ones designed specifically to be used with a Microsoft Windows computer
  • Cross-OS Cut and Paste enables Virtual PC 7 for Mac and a Mac application to share a common clipboard for cutting and pasting between Windows and Mac platforms
  • A Quick Save feature allows users to turn off a virtual PC in one step and start again from that point
  • No Set-up Printing for Panther users (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) eliminates the need to install special drivers. It is possible to select Print and use the identical printing functionality and drivers used by the Mac OS.

How Progent's macOS and OS X Consultants Can Help You to Run Windows Software on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants and Mac specialists can help your business to identify and configure the right applications to enable your Apple Mac clients to utilize Windows applications. Also, Progent can help you to incorporate your Macs efficiently into your network infrastructure to enhance stability, throughput, and security and to optimize business value. Progent can also deliver Mac OS X and Exchange Help and macOS and OS X Education.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Consulting for Running Windows Software on Apple Macs
If you are trying to find a macOS or OS X consultant, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

Progent's Help for UNIX-family Systems
Progent's UNIX-family support experts offer small companies and product developers help with managing and servicing UNIX/Linux/Mac-based networks that can operate alongside Microsoft environments. Progent provides your business contact with UNIX support experts, authorized Microsoft engineers, Cisco-certified CCIEs, and security specialists certified by CISSP and CISM. This wide range of expertise gives your company a readily available single resource to assist your business to build and support a safe and reliable multi-vendor network and communications infrastructure that incorporates Microsoft Windows with popular versions of UNIX such as: Apple macOS and OS X , Sun Solaris, IBM AIX Open UNIX, HP-UX (Hewlett Packard UNIX), Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO UNIX and Silicon Graphics IRIX (SGI/IRIX) or major Linux distributions including RedHat Linux, SUSE, Debian-GNU and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS, fedora, and Gentoo.

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