“Excellent hardware and even better software are strong reasons for people to choose a Mac as their next computer. Many, no doubt, would also like to leave the world of Microsoft Windows behind. If you’re not quite ready to take that step, or work realities make it impossible, you actually can have your cake and eat it too,” Stephen H. Wildstrom reports or BusinessWeek.
MacDailyNews Take: If Windows is cake, it’s made of layered poop.
Wildstrom continues, “For some time now, Macs have had the ability to run the many applications written for Windows, thanks to Apple software called Boot Camp. But you have to choose between Windows or the Mac OS X at startup and you end up with two separate systems sharing one physical computer. I suspect most Boot Camp users are running intense Windows-only games and want the maximum performance on Apple hardware.”
“A technology with the user-unfriendly name of virtualization provides a much better answer,” Wildstrom reports. “New versions of two very good products, Parallels Desktop for Macintosh 4.0 and VMware Fusion 2.0 (both $80), let you run Windows programs on a Mac so that they look almost exactly like OS X programs and behave that way, too.”
“The result? Workplaces that have been hostile to Macs may relent,” Wildstrom reports. “Without much effort, a company can clone its standard Windows setup, including all security policies, and install it as a virtual machine on a Mac that then lets employees access the corporate network.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Yes, this article could have been written years ago, but it’s still good to see it in a publication where business decision makers – people who might not yet know that Macs are the ultimate personal computers which are capable of running the world’s largest software library, more than Windows PCs or any other PCs, in fact – have the opportunity to see it.
MacDailyNews Note: BTW, here are the results of our recent poll, “To run Windows apps on my Mac, I use…”
42.24% – Nothing: no Windows apps soil my Mac (1574 votes)
20.48% – Parallels Desktop for Mac (763 votes)
18.6% – VMWare Fusion (693 votes)
12.48% – Apple’s Boot Camp (465 votes)
3.3% – Crossover Mac (123 votes)
1.48% – Virtual PC (55 votes)
1.29% – Other (48 votes)
0.13% – Q Emulator (5 votes)
(3726 total votes)