Virtual Windows on a Mac coming to stores

by admin July 18, 2006 at 5:12 am

Apple Computer retail stores will soon start selling Parallels’ virtualization software, allowing users to run Windows and Mac applications simultaneously.

The Apple Store, CompUSA, Staples, Office Depot, Fry’s Electronics and have all lined to up to offer Parallels Desktop for Mac over the next 30 days, Parallels is expected to announce Tuesday. Owners of Macs with Intel’s processors can use the software to run Windows XP in a virtual machine alongside the Mac OS, and move data back and forth between Windows and Mac applications.

Apple offers similar software in a beta program known as Boot Camp. Boot Camp allows users to run Windows XP on a Mac, but to switch over to Windows, the user has to shut down first and reboot in Windows. Parallels’ software can switch between the Mac and Windows operating environments without having to reboot the system.

Read more: c|net