Optimizing Windows on your Mac

The June 2008 issue of Macworld includes a feature article on running Windows on your Mac—and how to do it in the most efficient way possible. Continuing with that theme, this Macworld Video looks at installing virtualization programs on your Mac; I also offer some tips for optimizing your performance.

We focus on two programs: Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. These applications allow you to switch back and forth between Mac OS X and a Windows-based virtual machine. Apple’s Boot Camp, which comes with OS X 10.5, requires you to reboot into that other operating system—for that reason, it’s probably best for games as opposed to productivity apps you need to run alongside your favorite Mac programs.

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Show Notes

As mentioned above, our “Best of Both World” article appears in the June issue of Macworld; look for the online version of the article to appear at the Web site shortly.

We’ve reviewed the latest versions of Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. VMware recently released a beta of Fusion 2.0, and senior editor Rob Griffiths previewed that beta for Macworld.com.

You can find more stories related to virtualization here.

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