The Mac Moment: Windows on Mac: The Best of Both Worlds
In his first article, Knowledge Center contributor Ivan Drucker gave the Windows-oriented IT professional some hands-on techniques about how to better support Macs in the enterprise. In his second article, Ivan shared some essential tools and advice to help IT professionals through some common issues that Mac users experience. Here, Ivan provides an overview of what Mac and Windows hardware have in common, and how to actually deploy Windows software titles on your users' Macs.This is the third installment of The Mac Moment, where we provide advice and insight for Windows-oriented IT support professionals to help you manage the Macs in your organization. Click here for our first installment or click here for our second one. This time, I want to give an overview of what Mac and Windows hardware have in common, and how you can actually deploy Windows software titles on your users' Macs. From a hardware perspective, a modern Mac is not much different than a modern PC. They use common, standard components for CPU, RAM, hard drive and expansion, and are based on Intel board designs. All modern Macs are powered by a single Intel Core CPU (a Core 2 Duo in most cases), with the exception of the Mac Pro, which is based on two Intel Xeon multi-core CPUs.
Older Macs with "G4" or "G5" in the name are based on the very different PowerPC chip made by IBM and Motorola, and these Macs are not nearly as well-suited to running Windows software as the Intel-based machines are. The surest way to know what's in a Mac is to look under "About This Mac" in the Apple menu; all will be revealed. The rest of this article will assume we're talking about Intel-based Macs.