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Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac

With more than 2 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is easier than ever to use with its brand new Mac user interface and lightning-fast performance. This new version includes new fixes and improvements and other exciting features that make running Windows programs on a Mac completely seamless.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac delivers new performance enhancement features including remote access for your Windows applications, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, enhanced 3D graphics and optimization for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. New Features in Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac include:

  • Reduced CPU usage and battery life 
  • Smart Windows application handling: Access to Windows applications from anywhere in the world using the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch 
  • Enhanced appearance: Preferences dialog now fully conforms to the Mac OS style 
  • Enhanced security: Mac OS X Parental Controls to Windows applications 
  • Enhanced DirectX 9 support for better gaming experience 
  • Improved 3D performance: Up to 80% faster than in Parallels Desktop 5 
  • Improved disk I/O performance: Up to 35% faster Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP than in previous version 
  • Extended support for new Macs with Intel i5 and i7 CPUs 
  • Support for the Intel Pro/1000 network interface for faster network performance and compatibility 
  • Support for IPv6, the next-generation version of the Internet Protocol
  • Dual antivirus protection included

VMware Fusion 3.0

Designed from the ground up for the Mac user, VMware Fusion leverages the full power of Intel-based Macs to seamlessly run Windows applications side-by-side with your favorite Mac applications. You can assign up to 2 CPUs to a virtual machine, so the virtual machine will harness the full power of a Mac with an Intel Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, or Xeon processor.

It offers complete support for Microsoft Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions with copy and paste of text, drag and drop of files, shared folders, and screen resizing.


It offers full support for more than 60 operating systems including a wide variety of Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris distributions. It allows you to create and run 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. However, you can only run 64-bit guest operating systems on Intel Macs with 64-bit processors (Core 2 Duo or Xeon).

It has experimental support for running on developer releases of Mac OS X Leopard. VMware Fusion will work to support Mac OS X Leopard officially when it is released later this year.

It does not support Mac OS X running in a virtual machine. While technically possible, Mac OS X licensing prevents VMware from supporting Mac OS X running in a virtual machine.


VMware virtual machines are fully compatible across the product line. So virtual machines created with Workstation, Server or VMware Infrastructure can run on VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion allows you to run any of the over 550 virtual appliances available in the marketplace. Virtual appliances are pre-installed and preconfigured applications that are packaged along with an operating system in a self-contained virtual machine that is ready to run on any hardware. It leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.

Apple Boot Camp

Snow Leopard is the world's most advanced operating system. So advanced, it even lets you run Windows if there's a PC application you need to use. Just get a copy of Windows and start up Boot Camp, now included with Leopard. Setup is simple and straightforward - just as you'd expect with a Mac.

Boot Camp supports the most popular 32-bit releases of Windows XP and Windows Vista. When you use either operating system on your Mac, your Windows applications will run at native speed. Windows applications have full access to multiple processors and multiple cores, accelerated 3D graphics, and high-speed connections like USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Gigabit Ethernet.


When you're ready for Windows, the Boot Camp Assistant sets up your hard drive for you. It leaves all your Mac data in place while it creates a separate partition on your drive for Windows, and then begins the installation process. Boot Camp includes a PDF setup guide, so you can refer to it as you go.

When you install Windows using Boot Camp, you won't need to search the Internet for drivers or burn a disc. After you run Boot Camp, simply insert the Leopard DVD to install the necessary drivers. Everything you need to make your Mac work with Windows is right there. When you use a Windows application, you'll have full access to unique Mac features (iSight, Apple Remote, trackpad, specific keyboard keys, keyboard backlighting) and connectivity (wired and wireless).


After you've installed Windows using Boot Camp, you can start up your Mac using either operating system. Simply hold down the Option key when you power up and choose one or the other.

If you're already working with Boot Camp Beta, you're practically finished before you start. All you need is some new drivers. To install them, simply start up your Mac in Windows and update the drivers from the Leopard DVD.
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