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Need Windows on your Mac?

- December 23rd, 2010

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Even as a Mac user, you may find yourself in need to run a specific application or piece of hardware designed only for a Windows PC. Perhaps it’s for a proprietary application for school or maybe you need to keep compatible with your Accountant’s PC and run QuickBooks. Or it just might be that cool game you got for Christmas that you want to play.

This is where Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac comes in. It’s simple to use and quick to set up. You will of course, need to install a licensed copy of Windows (which may take a bit of time to do).

In a nutshell, Parallels allow you to run Windows apps and access hardware like your printer, mouse DVD-drive and even some PC only devices, just like they were native to your Macintosh.

What’s really great is that it also provides a number of options on how Windows can be viewed on your Mac. Here are just a few. You can operate in the Windows environment with a Full Screen Mode; run it in a separate window along with your Mac apps in Windows Mode or run Windows and Mac programs simultaneously in Coherence Mode and more.

You can also run Chrome OS with Parallels should you decide to embrace Google’s offerings.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac was released just a few months ago with impressive results over version 5. Version 6 has over 80 new and enhanced features including a simplified and faster set-up, significant performance improvement in some cases over 50%  for movies, music and gaming as well as 3D rendering. It also offers improved battery life for portable computers as well as 64-bit power and better security.
And what’s really tres cool is the free Parallels Mobile app for the iPhone & iPad that allows you to access your Windows apps remotely.

Parallels Desktop for Mac 6 sells for $79.95 ($39.95 upgrade)

If you’re moving and entire PC, then Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition ($99.99) is all you need. It includes all the software, hardware and video tutorials you need to easily get the job done.

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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