Run Windows on Your Mac, Sans Reboot

Run Windows on Your Mac, Sans Reboot By Jennifer LeClaire
February 28, 2007 9:40AM

For those who use Intel-based Macs but need to run Windows, the choice between Apple's own Boot Camp software and the new virtualization software from Parallels might come down to how frequently Windows applications are needed. Apple's Boot Camp requires a reboot whereas the Parallels software does not.

The Windows Vista hype isn't over just yet, thanks to the latest software from Parallels. On Tuesday, Parallels released a new version of its virtualization software that lets Intel-powered Macs run Windows and Linux -- without the need for a reboot.

At the center of the update is a new feature dubbed "Coherence." The technology lets users runs Windows applications on the Mac just as if they were native programs. Here's how it works: When users switch to Coherence mode, the Windows desktop disappears, leaving Windows applications, such as Outlook and Internet Explorer, running directly on the Mac desktop and from the Mac application dock.

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