Parallels Desktop 8 and VMWare Fusion 5 announced

Both Parallels and VMware have announced the availability of the next versions of their popular virtualization software for running Windows and other operating systems within OS X. VMware Fusion 5 is available for download today, and the next version of Parallels Desktop will be released very soon on September 4.

Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion are two of several available options for running guest operating systems within OS X so you can use applications and services supported for those operating systems along with your OS X applications without having to leave OS X and boot directly to them. This approach helps not only in integrating Windows applications and services, but also with testing programs in virtualized versions of OS X before you install them directly on your Mac.


Windows taking advantage of Mountain Lion's full-screen capabilities in Parallels Desktop.

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Virtualization was made possible in OS X when Apple switched to using Intel-based chips and other PC hardware that was directly compatible with Windows. While Apple has offered its Boot Camp drivers and utilities for dual-booting OS X and Windows, often the speed benefits fro… [Read more]

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