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.
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.
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 you’re a Mac user who needs to occasionally access Windows or Linux, chances are good that you’ve turned to Parallels Desktop, the leading virtualization software on Apple’s platform. If you’ve also already upgraded to OS X Lion, you’re in for a treat, because Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac has finally arrived with full support for the big cat.
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.
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.”
Virtualization is handy for all those times you need a PC to do that one little thing your Mac doesn't have the ability to do yet. But if you're finding yourself in need of a virtual machine for daily work or play, you might want to install some system utilities to keep that part of your Mac's hard drive in tip-top shape. Here are a few applications to help you become that virtualization (or dual-boot) power user.