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Parallels software eases the switch to Mac

Parallels bundles its Parallels Desktop 4.0 virtual Windows environment with tools that ease the move from PC to Mac.

No matter how clean-cut-looking and convincing the "I am a Mac" guy appears, those switching to a Mac could use some assistance, and Parallels wants to extend its helping hand.

The maker of the popular virtualized software environment that lets you run Windows within a Mac OS announced Tuesday its "complete solution" designed to simplify the process of moving from a PC to Mac.


The product combines the company's Parallels Desktop 4.0 and a set of tools and interactive tutorials designed to help "switchers" understand how to operate Mac OS X, transfer all PC data and applications, and run Windows applications on their new Mac computers.

This is interesting, as Parallels, as well as VMware, another maker of virtualized Windows environment for Macs, need both platforms to do their business.

Nonetheless, this seems like a useful solution for many people as, according to Apple, the switch from PC to Mac is on the rise. While the overall PC industry saw declines of 3 percent for the quarter ending in June, Apple sales were up 4 percent year over year and half of the Macs sold were to customers who had never owned a Mac before.

The Parallels Desktop 4.0 Switch to Mac Edition is available immediately at Apple stores and online and cost $100.

Personally, I prefer Boot Camp, which comes free with the Mac OS X Leopard and later and allows for running Windows natively on a Mac (and therefore suffers no performance degradation). Boot Camp can also essentially completely turn a Mac into a PC.

Unfortunately, Boot Camp doesn't allow for running Windows and Mac at the same time. Also, it doesn't come with tutorials so you would have to figure Windows out by yourself.