If you met the recent launch of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac with a shrug, that's probably because you're a faithful VMware Fusion user waiting for the arrival of the latest version, in which case your patience has been rewarded.
Fusion 5, the latest Windows virtualization tool from VMware, comes less than a year after version 4 and as such has only received a light brush of new headline features. Support for Retina displays and USB 3.0 in Windows 8 is included, as well as optimization for the latest Macs, battery life improvements for those using a MacBook, and other minor enhancements. The Pro version of Fusion has been updated to keep the IT administrators happy as well.
It may no longer be referred to as "Metro" style, but Microsoft is refusing to give up on its tiled user interface when Windows 8 debuts in October. Curious about how it might work on the company's own Surface tablet? You can get a taste of it on a tablet today thanks to Parallels Desktop 7.
A lot of people have been making a lot of noise about Windows 8 of late, and with a developer's preview of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system out in the wild, we don’t reckon that the din is going to die down anytime soon. Interested in finding out if the OS is everything folks are saying and a bag of potato chips? If you’ve got a copy of Parallels on your Mac, we can show you how to get Windows 8 up and running without having to invest in a single piece of PC hardware. Let’s get started!
VMWare Fusion and Parallels are the most utilized applications for virtualization. However, they can be costly.
Enter Oracle’s VirtualBox. This free tool gives you the same flexibility and features of VMWare Fusion and Parallels, but without the price tag. In this how-to, we’ll show you how to set up and install a guest operating system inside of VirtualBox.
Even though we live in a (almost) completely digital age, there is still a need for the physical medium of ink and paper. Whether you’re in college or work a job, paper will still be around for many years to come. One of the biggest disadvantages with printing, however, is that most mobile devices that we use can’t print to a local networked printer, or an internet-connected printer. That’s where Google Cloud Print comes in.
This free service allows you to set up your home or work PC to accept print jobs from a mobile device or a spiffy Google Chrome netbook from around the world. So long as the device is linked to your Google Cloud Print account, you can print to your home or work printer wherever you have an internet connection.
As if war, famine and inequality weren't enough to bring us down, Mac users also have to live with the knowledge that some poor souls have no choice but to crazy up their hard drives with secondary operating systems. Where Windows is concerned, many Mac users opt to use OS X's free Boot Camp partitioning software to make their Mac a lean, mean dual-booting machine. Unfortunately, doing so means you'll be losing a significant amount of the hard drive space that was once available to your Mac. A less hard disk-hungry method for getting a secondary OS on to your Mac is to install it into a virtual machine, commonly known as a VM. By using a virtual machine application such as Parallels or VMware Fusion, Mac users can run set up as many VMs running any number of different operating systems on their computer as they want, and all from the comfort of OS X.
VMWare has announced the availability of the beta version of Fusion 3.1,
and it includes significant enhancements that the user community has
been awaiting. Perhaps most eagerly desired are the graphics
enhancements for gamers and 3D applications.