Virtualization

Virtualizing Windows: VMWare Fusion 7 vs. Parallels Desktop 10

Transitioning from a Windows PC to a Mac can be challenging, especially if you use applications or workflows that are dependent on Windows.

Sometimes equivalent software isn't available — and even if it is, files aren't fully compatible with those Mac versions — and sometimes employer IT departments are reluctant to support the Mac. If that's the case for you, installing Windows on your Mac could be your best solution. There are two prominent commercial packages to help you with that: VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop.

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VMware Fusion 6 adds Mavericks, Windows 8.1 support, much more

VMware on Wednesday announced the release of Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional, new versions of their virtualization software for OS X. The new releases are available for immediate purchase and download from [VMware](http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/ directly from $59.95.

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Parallels Desktop 9 improves performance by up to 40 percent, adds cloud support

Parallels on Thursday announced the upcoming release of Parallels Desktop 9, a new version of its virtualization software that enables you run Windows, Linux and other operating systems on your Mac without having to reboot first, as you do using Apple's Boot Camp software. Parallels Desktop 9 is available today as an upgrade for existing customers; the full version will be released on September 5, 2013.

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Microsoft wants to put OnLive's Windows 7 iPad service "into a properly licensed scenario"

OnLive recently expanded from the realm of cloud gaming to providing virtual access on your iPad to a hosted Windows 7 machine, but it sounds like Microsoft isn't too thrilled about the idea. Apparently OnLive isn't currently paying licensing fees, making it hard for other cloud desktop hosting services to compete.

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