CrossOver, Boot Camp, Parallels, VMWare…

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Apple is prepping Boot Camp for Leopard inclusion next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they soon figured out how to enable Windows apps to run “natively” in OS X. CodeWeavers already has CrossOver Mac, which pretty much does that now. Dual booting is for geeks, though I believe that VMWare and Parallels will keep everybody but the gamers happy. I just learned about 2X ApplicationServer tonight:

2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services allows Windows applications to be tunneled seamlessly onto remote desktops, saving on administration & support. ou can use it to seamlessly tunnel up to 5 applications per server onto remote desktops – perpetually. During the first 30-days it also allows you to tunnel an unlimited number of applications.

Though I believe 2X’s cross-platform / network setup is still somewhat of a kludge, this is certainly a step in the right direction. Dunno. The more I look, the more I’m finding OS X equivalents for my favorite Windows programs. Let’s see if Entourage 2008 kills Outlook once and for all.

I do have a coupon for Parallels, though…

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  4. According to the Official Parallels Virtualation Blog, the next version of Parallels Desktop should please gamers:

    “Fast 3D graphics support
 via support for OpenGL and DirectX. You’ll be able to run games at full speed without leaving your OS X desktop!”


    Think they can deliver? It seems pretty ambitious to me.

  5. Forget Entourage. Between Apple Mail, iCal, and Address Book, I get everything I need from the built-in apps. Granted, each of those apps needs some improvements, and I’m not sure whether the previewed improvements coming with Leopard will be entirely satisfactory, but most of the time I’m happy with them and don’t miss Outlook one bit.

  6. HI,

    I am a architectural student who uses 3D Studio Max to create visualisatians, in combination with Vray. I just installed the new parallels alpha 3 and use bootcamp as the virtual machine. I know use 3D STUDIO MAX and VRAY in MacOSX using the new coherence feature. It runs amazingly fast and even gets good render times. (Although you must set your vieuwport rendering to software because els they are black) I can boot into Bootcamp to get even faster rendertimes with Max. I was quite amazed by the preformance and I believe that if the keep this up there will be no limit to Parallels possibilities.

    Greets, (an amazed and happy new parallels user 🙂 )

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  8. Hi,

    I recently bought a MacBook after being assured that I would be able to run Windows, MS Office, IMSI’s FloorPlan-3D and all my other Windows-based applications.

    The store installed BootCamp and VMware-Fusion, Windows XP and all my Windows-based software but I haven’t been able to run any of my old applications other than Firefox.

    How does one get into the Windows environment from a MacBook?

    I have clicked on the “Windows HD” icon on my desktop, and chosen “Windows” and “Explorer.exe” — but could not actually launch Explorer. Instead, I was presented with a message that said: “There is no default application to open the document ”

    I have the same problem when I try to open Windows-based email-attachments…

    What should I do now?

  9. @ louise
    you need to hold down the ‘alt’ key as you start up your Mac – this will give you the option to boot into MS Windows or Mac Leopard/Tiger

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