I am a running a server based application on windows XP running under Parallels build 5582. I can connect to the application from the Mac (running Leopard 10.5.1) using Shared networking, everything operates as it should (meaning I can send requests and receive responses from the server app running on windows).

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Mac users aren’t at all shy about making their requests for applications known:

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How about Visio for Mac?

When will IE return to Mac?

Will we ever see a Microsoft Project for Mac?

Where can I get Access for Mac?

When will (insert name of hot new game here) be available for Mac?


Most of these requests are for well-known Microsoft applications on Windows, and Mac users want them. Let me address a few of these in some detail.

Microsoft Visio

It’s unwise to say “never” with regard to future development efforts by a company as large as Microsoft, so I will predict this about Visio for Mac: it’s very, very unlikely to ever happen.

I, and many others, believe the development costs to produce a Mac Visio that would faithfully render any existing Visio drawing (and have almost all the functionality of Visio for Windows) would never be recouped by Microsoft.

For any Mac software company, a software product that brought in $50 million per year would be viewed as a fantastic success. But in the rarified world of the Microsoft Office team, such a product would be considered a dismal failure.

For any Mac software company, a software product that brought in $50 million per year would be viewed as a fantastic success. But in the rarified world of the Microsoft Office team, such a product would be considered a dismal failure.

Microsoft Access

Exactly the same as Visio: very, very unlikely to ever happen, and for exactly the same reason.

Internet Explorer

Never going to happen.

There was a version of IE for Mac about 15 years ago. Microsoft ceased development of IE for Mac in July 2003. Given that there is no new development for IE for Windows (because of the release of Microsoft Edge in 2015), there is no chance at all for a future release of IE for Mac.

Any Hot New Game by Microsoft

Never going to happen.

The graphics foundations on Mac and Windows diverge sufficiently that porting any hot new Windows game over to the Mac is a major undertaking. It would be unlikely to recoup development costs, for the same reasons as the Office applications. You can read more details about DirectX and OpenGL.

What’s a Mac User to Do?

There are a couple of options for a Mac user:

  • Use a viewer application. In some cases, a viewer application that faithfully renders a document that you could not otherwise open will suffice. In the case of Visio, Microsoft has released a Visio Viewer for iOS, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1_Visio Viewer on an iPadPro

  • Use a competing application. Search for “Visio for Mac” on Google, and many of the results will be for third-party applications for Mac that open Visio drawings and provide much of the same functionality.
  • Run the real Windows application on your Mac. If you need the real Visio with all its functionality, then use Parallels Desktop® for Mac to run Windows 10 on your Mac and purchase Visio from Microsoft. You lose no functionality or visual fidelity, since you are running the real Visio in the environment it expects: Windows 10.

(Already own Visio? No problem. Just use the Migration feature in Parallels Desktop to move everything on your PC—including Visio—into a virtual machine on your Mac.)

Figure 2 shows Visio running on my MacBook Pro®.

Figure 2_Visio 2016 running in Windows10 on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

Figures 3 and 4 show Access, and Figure 5 shows IE—all running on my MacBook Pro.

Figure 3_Access 2016 in Windows 10 running on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

Figure 4_Access 2016 in Windows 10 running on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

Figure 5_IE in Windows10 running on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

While you may not be able to get the Mac applications you desire, you can get the Windows versions and run them right alongside your Mac applications.

As the product manager for Parallels Desktop, you might consider my opinions to be a bit biased. (They aren’t, but you might think that.) So, here is a quote from a Network World review (emphasis mine):

“I’ve been a Mac user for many years, and like with most Mac users, there are occasions when I have core business apps that require me to run Internet Explorer for a browser, or run Visual Studio for app development work, or even run Microsoft Project and Visio that just aren’t available on a Mac. And while Apple provides BootCamp where I can switch between booting from a Mac to booting as a Windows system, that means I have to constantly reboot my system to switch between operating platforms. So I’ve been a happy user of Parallels for years where I can run Windows and Mac applications side by side at the same time.” –Rand Morimoto, Network World

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Parallels, the virtualization company behind Parallels Desktop for Mac, is launching Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise today. As its name suggests it, this new offering is only for enterprise Chromebooks, and it will work on existing models with good enough specs to run full-featured Windows apps. These virtualized Windows apps will use your Chrome OS network connection, but they will also work offline or in low-bandwidth scenarios.

Parallels has worked with Google to integrate Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise with Chrome OS and the Google Admin Console for IT admins, and the solution will allow customers to copy and paste text and graphics between Chrome OS and the Windows 10 VM, print from Windows apps, and save Windows files anywhere. Users will also be able to use the Windows 10 VM in windowed mode on their Chromebook or in a separate virtual desktop accessible with a simple swipe.

Chromebooks have become increasingly popular in the US Education market, though they still suffer from a perception issue resulting from an original focus on web apps. By getting support for offline web apps, Android apps, and even Linux apps, Chromebooks have become better productivity machines over the years, and the addition of Windows apps including Microsoft Office should make them even more versatile.

“Chrome OS is increasingly being chosen by modern enterprises, either for remote work, hybrid, or in the office,” said John Solomon, Vice President of Chrome OS at Google. “We are thrilled to partner with Parallels to bring legacy and full-featured Windows applications support, through Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, to help businesses easily transition to cloud-first devices and workflows.”

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise is available today for $69.99/year per user, and Parallels is also offering free one-month trials with five user licenses on its website. The company has listed a selection of preferred Chromebooks from Google, HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, and the company generally recommends models with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

Parallels is just getting started with Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, and the company plans to bring camera, microphone, and USB device support in future updates. Parallels currently has one of the best solutions for running Windows apps on a Mac, and it will be interesting to see the company apply its virtualization expertise to the rising Chrome OS platform.

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