USA Today on switching: Apple Macs can also be screaming-fast Windows machines

Apple Store“Reluctant to switch to a Macintosh because so much of your favorite software requires Microsoft Windows? Now you don’t have to hold back,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.

“Apple’s free Boot Camp beta software can also make your Intel-based Mac a screaming-fast Windows machine. But when you turn your computer on, you must choose to work in either Windows or Mac’s OS X Tiger,” Baig reports.

Baig reports, “That’s why I’ve been more intrigued by Parallels Desktop for Mac. The $80 “virtualization” software lets you run the Mac’s operating system and Windows side-by-side… If you just bought a Mac and are retiring an old PC, you can transfer Windows (plus programs and data) from that old computer to the Mac using a new migration tool called Parallels Transporter.

“The most dramatic enhancement in Parallels is called Coherence, a feature that lets you run Windows applications (Outlook, Internet Explorer, etc.) directly on the Mac desktop. Windows icons appear on the strip of programs on the Mac known as the Dock. If seeing the Windows taskbar above the Dock is disconcerting, you can switch to a full-screen Windows view,” Baig reports.

“For mainstream users who need to run a Windows app or two on their Mac, Parallels is a fine program that has come a long way,” Baig reports.

Full article here.

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