Apple continues to roll out some minor software updates this week, including iTunes 10.6.1 which should give some much needed relief to TV show fans -- and developers are also basking in the glow of a new OS X 10.7.4 seed, assuming they aren’t busy tweaking their apps for Mountain Lion already.
In just 48 short hours, Wednesday’s Apple media event will be a memory, and we’ll be making those important life-or-death decisions. (“Buy an iPad 3? Wait for an iPad 4?”) Tech journalists are having a field day packing in all the last-minute rumors they can get their hands on ahead of Apple’s 10am PST event on March 7, so let’s catch up on those and the rest of the day’s news for this fine Monday, March 5, 2012.
In the wake of Apple’s transition to Intel chips in 2006, the longtime question “Mac or PC?” soon became “What’s the best way for me to run Windows on a Mac?” Virtualization specialists Parallels and VMware have been duking it out ever since with their respective Desktop and Fusion products, which are both capable of running Windows inside OS X without rebooting -- a key limitation of Apple’s free Boot Camp solution.
Tired of letting Parallels Desktop 7 hog the spotlight for the last week or so, VMware is nipping at their virtualization heels with the release of Fusion 4 -- turbocharged and refined from the inside out for the ultimate Windows on Mac experience, and available for a promotional price for a limited time only.
If your workday consists of running any kind of Windows application or even multiple instances of OS X Lion, you’re no doubt excited about Parallels Desktop 7, the latest version of the virtualization software arriving September 6, complete with OS X Lion support and a new mobile app.
I have spent all week playing a game that has no Mac version on my MacBook Pro. Without a copy of Windows. Specifically, I've been playing Guild Wars, the uber-popular, uber-fun MMO that is due for a sequel any day now. I did it all without hitch too, running the application without needing to run that other icky operating system. With CrossOver Games there are currently thousands of games to choose from.
Virtual machines are great for Mac users who need frequent access to Windows or Linux software. However, not everyone wants to purchase a licensed copy of Windows just for occasional use. That’s where CrossOver comes in, skipping the need for a complete OS by enabling direct installation of only the applications you need, thanks to self-contained virtual environments known as “bottles.”
Window management can be a hassle when dealing with certain applications on the Mac. When you’re not using a particular window you only have two options: Hide the application or minimize the window. Minimizing the window to the Dock is a great option, but then those windows end up producing a little clutter. Fortunately, Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes the ability to minimize windows to their appropriate Dock icons, though this feature is turned off by default.
Go ahead -- close your eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist. Squinch those lids tighter, even. It won’t help. Windows is still out there, and while some of us can exist in a Mac-only computerscape, loads of us can’t. Case in point -- ever tried QuickBooks for Mac? Yep, it’s rubbish, but for many small business owners, QuickBooks (and not some almost-QuickBooks Mac clone) is vital for their biz. Then there’s gaming -- while Steam has helped Mac gaming reach new heights, some of the best computer games out there only run in Windows. And the examples go on and on.