Running MS Project on a Mac

The good news is that Macs are great computers, but then I own one and am therefore a little biased.

The bad news is that although Microsoft have versions of Word, Excel and others that will run on a Mac, they haven’t ported Project.  And that means that it will only run under Windows.

So, you can either run it on a PC and everything else on your Mac, or you can install Windows on your Mac just to run Project.

There are a couple of ways of installing Windows on your Mac.  One is to use Boot Camp that comes free with the OSX system.  This is fine, but you have to restart the operating system each time you want to change it.

If you don’t mind shelling out some money then Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion are options.  With both of these you can have both OSX and Windows running on your mac and you can switch between them without rebooting your machine.

I have a copy of Parallels running on my Mini in the office and it works fine.  It slows the machine down a bit, but then the poor little thing is working really quite hard.  It’s a small price to pay for not having to have two different computers.

I do the hard slog on Project, then when I’m reasonably happy, I “print” the plans onto pdf and store them away.  When I switch back to OSX, I can retrieve the files via Finder and away I go.

There are articles a-plenty on the web.  Here are a couple of links

Parallels Desktop

VMware Fusion

Apple OSX (Boot Camp) – this comes with the operating system

What’s good for one person isn’t for another, so I suggest you take a look at the options, and pick the one that’s best for you.