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Parallels Desktop Updated for Mac Pro and Leopard

by Mark H. Anbinder

Parallels, Inc. last week announced a release candidate for an update to their Parallels Desktop for Mac [1], adding compatibility for Apple's new Mac Pro computer and the developer builds of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The "Update RC," a free update for all Parallels Desktop users, adds additional improvements such as improved compatibility for Solaris and OpenBSD 3.8 guest operating systems, and an improved Parallels Tools package.

The $80 Parallels Desktop allows owners of Intel-based Macs to run Windows or other Intel-based operating systems in a virtual machine while still running Mac OS X. Apple's Boot Camp [2] solution, still a public beta until Leopard's release, requires the user to restart the Mac to switch between Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Parallels offers a 15-day free trial of their software. (Don't forget that you can save $10 off the cost of a Parallels Desktop license using a coupon from Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac [3]" ebook, rendering the ebook free.)

Another option for Intel Mac users who wish to run Windows applications is CrossOver Mac [4], a forthcoming product from CodeWeavers, Inc., released as a public beta late last month. This application doesn't even require the user to install Windows. Based on Wine [5], which re-implements the Windows developer APIs, CrossOver Mac lets Mac users run many, though not all, Windows applications in their own separate windows under Mac OS X.

[1]: http://www.parallels.com/en/products/workstation/mac/
[2]: http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/
[3]: http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/windows-on-mac.html?14@@!pt=TRK-0034-TB846
[4]: http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/
[5]: http://www.winehq.com/