There is dual operating system setups available but you'll be hard pressed to find a setup that allows for the simultaneous operation and co-existing in a single platform. Parallel's Desktop 7 for Mac allows a co-existance of Apple's OS/X and Microsoft's Windows in the same box. So no longer do you need to worry about having the "right" operating system available. Why not just have both and better yet have them running at the same time. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac empowers you to have the best of both worlds.

I have been a stout Microsoft Windows user for a long time. That is not to say that I am clueless about the Apple Mac. I have used a Mac and did some good work on the Mac Plus back in the day doing pretty good desktop publishing work. It wasn’t until recently that I bought a MacBook Pro for my day-to-day work. The main reason for the change, I won’t call it a switch, because the Mac works well for my photography needs. I especially like the Mac version of Canon’s DPP (Digital Photo Professional) software.

I still work on my Windows based Core i7 X980 desktop system and an older Core Duo notebook. The reason I maintain the two systems is simple; there are applications that I use with ease on Windows. It will take a lot of extra learning to eventually get to the same level of proficiency on the Mac and I’d also have to source and purchase additional software. Software has come down in price but it still costs money. Why do I need to spend additional money for another version.

So, along comes a product, Parallels Desktop that promises to bring Windows to the Mac. It is supposed to do this well for the paltry sum of S$129. I was a little skeptical and truthfully I had not read the specifications or background of the program. At first I thought it would be an ‘Emulator’ or through some fancy programming it would just dual boot the MacBook since the MacBooks are using Intel processors. Well, they have been for some time already. :)  I didn't see any reason for it to be like BootCamp because BootCamp is included with the MacBook and it does the Dual-Booting very well. Dual booting has a distinct advantage – it runs natively and uses drivers for the specific hardware. The disadvantage is if you need to access the Mac and Windows simultaneously.

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