March 25th, 2007

Windows windows on a Mac

Since Apple released their Software »Boot Camp«, it is easy to install a Microsoft Windows OS natively on a Mac. This is in fact a very nice feature especially for gamers or people that rely on specified windows programs. But for the latter there is something even better. It’s called »Parallels Desktop for Mac«, it’s beta and free to try.

From parallels.com:

Parallels Desktop for Mac is the leading virtualization solution for the Mac, enabling Apple users to run Windows in conjunction with Mac OS X without rebooting. The latest release of Parallels delivers USB 2.0 support, easy to use migration tools, and innovative Coherence technology.

As a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some screenshots of the latest version (build 3188).

Connect devices to your VM It is possible to connect various devices to the Virtual Machine. This way I could use the built-in iSight camera of my MacBook within Windows Live Messenger.

What's Windows, what's Mac OS X? In »Coherence mode« (View » Coherence) the Windows task-bar and all Windows applications feel like part of Mac OS X.

It all runs surprisingly well – but find out for yourselves… After 15 days you need to activate your copy which costs $79.99.

Official website



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