05:47 PM
Connect Directly

Parallels' Mac Virtualization Software Now In Stores

The software, now available in retail stores around the country, allows Mac users to simultaneously run Windows XP, as well as applications built for the operating system, in isolated "virtual machines" that run alongside OS X.

Parallels Inc. on Tuesday said it has started selling its software for running Windows on Apple Computer Inc.'s Intel Macs at major retailers.

The Herndon, Va., company's Desktop for Mac virtualization software will be sold at Apple's retail stores across the nation, as well as CompUSA, Staples, Office Depot, Fry's Electronics and The software will be rolled out to retailers through next month.

The software enables Mac users to simultaneously run Windows XP, as well as applications built for the OS, in isolated "virtual machines" that run alongside OS X, Parallels said.

Depending on the ease of use of the software, virtualization applications like Parallels could help remove an impediment to Apple computer sales, the inability to run popular Windows applications, experts say.

In making the announcement, Parallels said Nova Development Corp., based in Calabasas, Calif., would distribute the software.

Parallels' technology differs from Apple's Boot Camp, which requires users to shutdown one OS before running the other. In addition, Parallels's product enables users to share files and copy and paste data between XP and Mac OS X programs.

Parallels Desktop for Mac sells for $79.95. A 14-day trial version is available through Nova's Web site.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Government Oct. 20, 2014
Energy and weather agencies are busting long-held barriers to analyzing big data. Can the feds now get other government agencies into the movement?
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and trends on
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.