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Parallels and VMware Fusion both let you emulate a Windows OS and environment. With both, you can either run the actual Windows OS in a virtual machine window, or you can just run Windows programs side by side with Mac programs. Both of those are virtualization technologies.


Info on Parallels Desktop for Mac



Info on VMware Fusion for Mac



But, if you want a comparison of Parallels vs. VMware Fusion, check out these articles:


Parallels Desktop vs. VMware Fusion



VMware Fusion Beta 3 vs. Parallels



Parallels vs. VMware Fusion - No Contest?



MacBook Pro - Parallels vs. VMware Fusion [this article may be ideal for you, NIHAR]



Mac Virtualization: VMware vs. Parallels



A Tale of Two Betas: VMware Fusion vs. Parallels Desktop


A look at Parallels vs. VMware on the Mac


Parallels vs. VMware fusion vs. CrossOver vs. BootCamp




There are 2 other software technologies that I want to outline:




This is another software that is in the same market as VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop. It does basically the same thing, but its not as popular as the other two.


Info: http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/


Boot Camp


This is software officially made and supported by Apple that lets you dual boot Mac OS X and Windows XP SP2 on the Intel macs. This is ntot virtualization software. Its a simple tool to install Windows on your Intel Mac (dual boot).


Info: http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/




Well I hope I have given you lots to consider :o


Good luck


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