For many, Apple's MacBook line has become one of the best ways to run Windows thanks to virtualization software. But for those who don't want to gobble up hard disk space by installing their own, a new cloud-based option is now available.
Everyone likes being part of an exclusive club, and if you happen to own Parallels Desktop for Mac, today is the day you've been waiting for -- version 9 is now available as a paid upgrade ahead of the public release next week.
With Parallels, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox, and other applications that run the Windows platform (and other OSes) in a virtualized environment, all of the files, programs, etc., in that environment are stored in a single hard drive file that resides on your Mac. Here's how to make sure it's backed up properly.
If you're someone absolutely obsessed with getting the best performance from your Mac, or understanding its abilities inside and out, MacTech Magazine is a good place to start. Beyond its various community events, MacTech really digs into Apple's hardware. Today, the 'zine's site benchmarks two of the most popular virtualization options for Mac OS X.
The latest solution from Parallels for virtually running Windows (or other OSes) on a Mac, Desktop 8 boasts speed improvements and other enhancements such as support for 32GB of RAM. But as with its competitor VMWare Fusion 5, there aren’t many headline improvements over the previous versions.
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.