A big advantage of the new Intel powered Mac computers is that users can use Bootcamp to install and run either the Apple Mac OS X or Windows XP at start up. Now another tool called Parallels Desktop for Mac lets Apple users run Windows, Linux or any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro.
How is Parallels Desktop for Mac different from Bootcamp?
Bootcamp provides a dual-boot solution, where Apple users decide which OS to use on start up – they choose Mac OS X or Windows XP and the system boots into the selected OS. So basically you use Windows OR Mac OS X.
Parallels Desktop for Mac lets users run important Windows programs and get full usability and functionality of their Mac OS X machine simultaneously. You need not completely shut down Mac OS X and restart Windows. Parallels makes both operating systems available at the same time and to do this, Windows runs like a virtual machine.
Parallels Desktop for Mac includes Parallels Compressor, a powerful built in tool that can improve virtual machine performance and conserve hard drive space by reducing the size of virtual hard disk images by 50% or more. Parallels Desktop for Mac is easy to download, install and use and builds a virtual machine quickly using helpful wizards.
Parallels Desktop for Mac is available for only $79.99!