Parallels Desktop 7 makes Windows-on-Mac fast, stable

At a Glance

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At a Glance

Fast, stable, and highly customizable way to run Windows on a Mac.

Price when rated: $80; $50 upgrade

Pros

  • OpenGL acceleration in Linux
  • Excellent virtual gaming performance in Windows
  • One-click installs for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Chrome
  • Highly customizable
  • Excellent all-around speed

Cons

  • Bundled anti-virus subscription is only 90 days
  • In-app Windows purchasing is overly complicated
  • Some limits on OS X virtual machines
  • Support for non-Windows OSes not obvious
  • Sets up user as Windows 7 Administrator by default
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