Parallels Desktop – Windows applications on a Mac

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Parallels has updated its Desktop for Mac software, which allows users running Intel-powered Apple Macs to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X – without re-booting.

The new version uses Coherence, a new feature that runs Windows applications on the Mac as native applications. Switching to Coherence mode, the Windows desktop disappears, leaving Windows applications, such as Outlook and Internet Explorer, running directly on the Mac desktop and from the Mac application dock.

Other features include a migration tool called Transporter, which allows you to move an entire PC’s content to a virtual machine on your Mac, full-feature virtual CD/DVD drive, support for Boot Camp partitions and true drag and drop – easily share files between Windows and OS X by dragging documents and folders from one desktop to another.

Existing users get the upgrade free, new users can download a free 15-day trial of the software.

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Dave Walker