One of the biggest drawback that prevents most PC user switch to Mac is the fact that they can’t run their specific PC software on Mac. Or other more common reasons might be that they simply not used to how the Mac environment operates. As technology grow, and as Apple selling more and more Macs, running Windows on a Mac has never been easier.
What if we tell you there is a way to run Windows 7 inside a Mac, with full Windows 7 experience and features while accessing any Mac applications all together ?
As magical as this sounds, introducing Paralles Desktop 7 for Mac.
Paralles Desktop 7 officially will be released on September 6th, many new features that are specifically designed to makes running a Virtual Windows 7 Machine inside Mac OS X Lion a pleasant experience.
I got my hand on this new Paralles Desktop 7 for about 2 days now, running on the new 13’ inch MacBook Air with 4GB of ram. Even on this new MacBook Air basic configuration it’s more than enough to run Windows 7 with full 3D acceleration and Aero effect.
Of course one of the other great feature that Paralles known of is the Coherence Mode, basically what it means is you can run Windows application along side with Mac Application in a regular Mac desktop, it treats all of the Windows application just like another Mac App.
This feature got extended in Paralles 7’s new release. It added a dedicated Windows application menu folder on your Dock. It makes accessing Windows application even more easier. If you don’t have the virtual machine running, and want to launch a Windows application, Paralles will automatically go launch the Windows 7 virtual machine in the background and set to Coherence Mode and right after you will see your Windows application is running inside a Mac.
One very cool new addition in Lion is the introduction of “full screen” App. Paralles use the full screen feature to make Windows 7 running inside a Mac with simply a 4 finger swipe.
Next time you can trick with your friend to put their Windows 7 Paralles into Full Screen and make them think you have just turned their Mac into a PC !
Some other new features are
- New! Lion integration and support, including Launchpad and Mission Control for Windows programs
- New! Shared iSight and FaceTime HD cameras in both Windows and Mac applications
- New! Lion as a guest OS
- Enhanced! Up to 1 GB of video memory, for ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings
- Enhanced! With the new Parallels Mobile App, copy-and-paste, enjoy audio, and access your Mac and Windows programs with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Well if you happen to shopping for a new Mac, remember running Windows 7 inside a Mac is as easy as this. Give it a try if you have the luxury, you will be impressed. I sure did.