More people are making the switch from PC to Mac these days. Nevertheless, some former PC users still find themselves longing for certain Windows-only programs.
They need look no further. Thanks to functions like Bootcamp, Parallels Desktop and Fusion, there are ways to set up virtual PCs on a Mac, resurrecting, for example, your favorite computer games from your old machine.
Bootcamp is an Apple tool that allows users to open other operating systems, like Windows or Linux. Parallels Desktop and Fusion let users operate Windows or Linux simultaneously with the Mac operating system. Regardless, to use Microsoft on a Mac, you`re going to need a valid Windows license.
People of a more experimental nature can get around this hurdle by using Developer Preview, an earlier test version of Windows 8. Parallels Desktop has a direct link to it in its seventh version.
"Windows 8 is a very exciting topic for us," says Parallels manager Alexander Pantos. "After the one-click installation you quickly get comfortable in this new unfamiliar Windows 8."
Competitor Fusion, from VMWare, also supports installation of Windows 8 on Macs.
"We want to make it possible for Windows users to change platforms," says VMWare manager Holger Temme. That means constant work to improve the performance of the virtual machine. It still isn`t as good as Windows with Bootcamp, says Temme. "But we`re getting close."
Office applications usually do fine with the virtual Windows machines. Things can get a little more problematic with Windows games.
Fusion 4, the newest version, supports the rush of 3D applications with OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9, says Temme. But the virtual machines usually handle most games adequately "so long as you don`t take the absolutely newest games, the ones that also push a Windows PC to its limits."
Pantos, from Parallels, takes a similar tack. He recommends setting configurations to the...
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