Hands on: Latest Parallels Desktop for Mac a 'winner'

But there are still a few rough edges, especially for gamers

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To date, virtualization has been a boon for the Mac platform. But there's a downside: it's so good that a lot of developers may well opt to save on development costs by forgoing development for the Macintosh. (This is known as skating to where the puck is going to be, not where it is, in NHL circles.) That's because they know that virtualization is a good option for users thanks to applications like Parallels. In other words why develop for both platforms when they an develop for just one -- Windows -- knowing that Mac users can run their app under virtualization. Apple can counteract this by making APIs that pull Windows applications onto the Mac platform. Whether they will do so remains to be seen.

For now, if you are a 3D artist or gamer, you'd be smart to make sure your favorite apps and games are on the Parallels compatibility list -- or at least on the company's to-do list. If you're looking to run server appliances, VMWare is could turn out to be your best choice, given the rapidly growing number of applications availing themselves of this platform, and the level of suuport for those VMWare images. At the other extreme, if you need to use just one Windows application, Crossover might be an option, though it's not yet a full-fledged rival to Parallels. As for Parallels itself, it remains for now the best option for duplicating a mainstream Windows environment and running it on your Mac. It's easy to set up, easy to use, flexible, and is constantly being updated. In my book, that makes it a winner.

Seth Weintraub is a global IT management consultant specializing in the technology needs of creative organizations, including The Paris Times, Omnicom and WPP Group. He has set up and managed cross-platform networks on four continents and is an expert in Active Directory/Open Directory PC and Macintosh integration.

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