The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro looks at three programs for Intel-based Macs that run Windows at about the same speed as a regular PC (graphically-intensive applications excluded): Parallels’ Parallels Desktop 4, $79.99; VMware’s Fusion 2, $79.99; and Sun Microsystems’ VirtualBox 2, free for personal use.
Pegoraro reports, “I’d tried Parallels and Fusion before, so these versions didn’t offer any huge surprises… Fusion 2 did, however, seem to represent a bit more of an advance over the previous version. Parallels 4 may be a case of going too far to mesh the Windows and Mac environments — my guess is that most people running Windows programs on a Mac won’t be doing so all the time, and so they don’t need to have the two operating systems stitched so tightly together.”
“VirtualBox, however, was new to me. I can see why this application is free for home use; its performance, compatibility and user interface all need work,” Pegoraro. “And yet… I suspect that many Windows switchers don’t need to run more than a handful of Windows programs on a new Mac, and they’d gladly accept a limited, slower form of Windows emulation that saves them $80.”
“Or, of course, you could stick with the Boot Camp software built into Mac OS X, which provides total hardware compatibility — including Vista Aero graphics — but only accepts Windows XP or Vista and requires you to reboot the Mac to switch operating systems,” Pegoraro reports. “There’s yet another option for running Windows programs on a Mac, CodeWeavers’ CrossOver [which] doesn’t even require a copy of Windows — but it can only run a subset of Windows titles, sometimes with only some of their functions intact.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “PaKo” for the heads up.]