Organizations commonly rely on applications that run solely on Microsoft Windows. For companies that have a mix of Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows desktops, there exist two popular solutions for using Microsoft Windows-only software on an Apple Mac: an external connection to a physical Windows PC or local simulation of a Microsoft Windows environment on a Mac OS X desktop. Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac allows you to attach a Mac to a networked Windows-based computer to run Microsoft Windows applications and access system resources. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac is included in Office for Mac and offers major improvements over older versions. Virtual PC for Apple Mac simulates Microsoft Windows on an Apple Mac system so you are able to use Windows applications directly. Virtual PC for Mac was included in advanced versions 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 your company to maintain these solutions for running Windows programs on your Macs and can in addition help your company to evaluate and install third-party products for Microsoft Windows platform emulation.
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac
Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Client for Apple Mac enables you to connect your Apple Mac to a Microsoft Windows-powered computer to execute Microsoft Windows software, access files, and utilize network resources. You can transfer files between your Mac and your Windows-based system and print from Microsoft Windows applications to any printers connected to your Mac.
Desktop emulation requires comparatively modest processing power from the client Mac and therefore in typical scenarios provides higher performance than processor simulation. To attach to a remote Windows-powered computer, you need network access and permissions to attach to the Windows computer. The Windows machine must also be running either Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Apple Mac is provided as a free web download or as part of Office for Mac 2011 and works with Windows Server 2008, 2003, XP Professional, and Windows 2000.
MS Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac version 2 offers enhanced capabilities that include:
- A GUI environment and menu bar that makes the connection function easier to use
- Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0 for faster performance and Windows Vista and Windows 7 connectivity
- Multiple session support for handling sessions with multiple computers
- Automatic re-attach for restarting a remote session if you lose the network connection
- Window sizing options for running the remote connection in full-screen mode or in a resizable window
- Mac printing compatibility for outputting Microsoft Windows files on a Mac-connected printer
- Network Level Authentication for improved security when connecting to Vista and Windows 7 computers
- Higher screen density to support wide-screen displays
- Streamlined login procedures for enhanced efficiency
Virtual PC for Mac
Microsoft's Virtual PC for Mac simulates an Intel-class processor and converts an Apple Mac into the equivalent of Windows machine that allows you to access Windows PC programs, documents, and network resources. CPU simulation is processor intensive on the client Mac and loses some speed in exchange for simplicity, flexibility, and a richer array of capabilities. Microsoft's Virtual PC 7 for Mac works with the Mac G5 processor and Apple Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and was provided with the Professional Edition of Office 2004 for Apple Mac.
Key features of Microsoft's Virtual PC version 7 include:
- Sharing of Files and Removable Storage allows file and removable media exchange between Windows and Mac programs and permits storing documents and data in a folder on a Mac and retrieving them from within Windows
- Shared Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows PC Peripherals makes it possible to access to a variety of Windows PC and Apple Mac peripherals such as printers and external drives, even ones designed exclusively to be used with a Microsoft Windows system
- Multi-platform Copy and Paste allows Virtual PC version 7 and an Apple Mac program to use a common clipboard for copying and pasting between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac platforms
- A Fast Save feature permits users to turn off a virtual PC in one step and start again from that position
- No Set-up Printing for Panther systems (Apple Mac OS X 10.3) eliminates the need to download specific drivers. It is possible to select Print and utilize the identical printing functionality and software drivers utilized by the Apple Mac OS.
How Progent's macOS and OS X Experts Can Help Your Company to Run Microsoft Windows Software on Macs
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants and Mac technology experts can help your company to choose and configure the right software to allow your Mac users to run Windows applications. In addition, Progent can help your company to integrate your Apple Macs efficiently into your network infrastructure to improve reliability, throughput, and protection and to optimize productivity. Progent can in addition provide Mac and Exchange Server Help and macOS and OS X Education.
Get in Touch with Progent to Find Consulting for Running Windows Programs on Apple Macs
If you are looking for a macOS or OS X consultant, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Progent's Help for UNIX-family Platforms
Progent's UNIX support services offer small businesses and product developers assistance with managing and maintaining UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that can operate alongside Microsoft-based technology. Progent provides your company contact with UNIX technical professionals, authorized Microsoft consultants, Cisco CCIEs, and security experts certified by CISSP and CISM. This wide range of expertise offers your company a convenient single source to assist your business to create and manage a secure and reliable cross-platform connectivity and communications system that combines Microsoft Windows with leading versions of UNIX including:
Apple macOS and OS X ,
IBM AIX Operating System,
Berkeley UNIX (BSD),
SCO UNIX and
Silicon Graphics IRIX or major Linux distributions including
Debian GNU/Linux and
fedora Linux, and