Cross Platform Solutions

Products such as Apple's Boot Camp allows Macs to run Windows-based operating systems natively. This also can be achieved with software virtualization, where the running of one operating system (the guest OS) occurs in a self-contained environment within another operating system (the host OS).

VMWare Fusion is an application that makes it possible to access and use PC-only applications, files, networks, and devices from an Intel-based Mac. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) suggests VMWare Fusion for relatively light use: if users find that they are using VMWare Fusion more than 20% of the time, they should probably use a "real" PC from Dell or Lenovo, or consider Apple's Boot Camp.

Availability

VMWare Fusion is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is an application that makes it possible to access and use PC-only applications, files, networks, and devices from an Intel-based Mac. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) suggests Parallels for relatively light use: if users find that they are using Parallels more than 20% of the time, they should probably use a "real" PC from Dell or Lenovo, or consider Apple's Boot Camp.

Availability

Parallels Desktop for Mac is commercial software that can be purchased from theĀ Computer Connection at an educational discount.

Additional information

Apple's Boot Camp allows users to install and dual-boot Microsoft Windows on their Intel-based Macs. This is not virtualization, such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels, so OS X and Windows cannot be run simultaneously.

Boot Camp is useful for software programmers, website designers, and gamers who do not own traditional Windows computers and need to run Windows software on their Mac computer.

Availability

Boot Camp functionality is included with OS X.

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Date Posted: April 29, 2013 Tags: Provider Resource, Virtualization

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