Project 2007 with Mac OS

A few of you are wondering if Project Standard/Professional (desktop) and Project Web Access (Project Server web based client) run on a non Windows operating system and in particular on a Macintosh running on MAC OS.

First as a reminder the desktop requirements for Project and PWA 2007 are (Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management Solution system requirements):

  Operating System Browser
Project 2007 Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, or later operating system.  
Project Web Access 2007   Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, 32-bit browser only. Internet

So what happens if I access PWA with different browser other that IE?

The page won’t load plus PWA requires ActiveX to manage resources, in the project center, and to visualize OLAP data using the Office Web Component.

As for Project you cannot install it on a non Windows OS (MAC, Unix, Linux…)

So what are the options?

  1. Run a desktop virtualization software such as Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac (basically run another version of Windows as guest in your Mac host session, confused? :), refer to this as well: Microsoft Virtual PC Overview
  2. Use remote desktop Connection (connect from your Mac OS desktop to another computer/server running a Windows OS), check the Windows version compatibility. This option is the most viable and scalable option if you need to access Project Server and it would typically require setting a Windows Terminal Services farm.

And yes there is a third option since Mac OS is now running on Intel platform: a good old dual boot such as BootCamp for instance…