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Virtualization: Windows on a Mac

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

At a Glance
  • Parallels Desktop 7

    Macworld Rating

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

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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