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Virtualization for the MAC by Parallels

Virtualisation software company Parallels said it will announce a virtualisation product for Intel-powered Macs, with more details becoming available later this week.

According to spokesman Ben Rudolph: "We will enable users to run multiple operating systems (like Linux and Windows) simultaneously with Mac OS X. This is not simply a "dual-boot" but instead gives our users the ability to use Windows or any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X, enabling users to enjoy the comfort of their Mac OS X desktop while still being able to use critical applications from other OSes."

Parallels is a privately held, US-based software company that launched its first virtualisation tool, Parallels Workstation, last year. The Russian-developed software competes directly with VMware Workstation and Microsoft Virtual PC, albeit -- at the time of launch - -at a lower price.

Since then. VMware has started giving away VMware Workstation.

Thanks to TechWorld for the news.
Published Tuesday, April 04, 2006 7:02 AM by David Marshall
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James - April 5, 2006 9:05 AM

Looks like Apple beat them to the punch...

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1808055
David Marshall - (Author's Link) - April 5, 2006 6:11 PM
Looks like Parallels is stressing that it won't be a dual boot option and the Boot Camp option Apple is offering is just that, a multi boot solution.  If that is the case, there isn't anything wrong with that, but I can see that a virtualization solution still might be the better choice.  Certainly seems easier to manage and control, and you should be able to flip around back and forth easily from one OS to the other.  

Either way, it looks like Apple wins and so does Microsoft.  Apple will get to sell more machines because people will be more likely to purchase the MAC with the option of running Windows OS apps as the wish, and still have the benefit of the Apple hardware and Apple OS for everything else.  Microsoft gets to sell more OS licenses.  Looks like everyone wins from consumer to manufacturer.

Thanks for sharing.
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