Mac, Windows Can Go Side by Side

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I am writing this in a Macintosh program called Pages. When I finish, I will copy the text and paste it into Microsoft Word for Windows. That doesn't mean that I will copy the column onto a USB drive and transport it to the Windows computer that's gathering dust in back of me, because I'm running OSX Mountain Lion on the Macintosh -- and Windows 7 in a window right next to it on my iMac.

Few will be bowled over by this bit of magic. Like me, some have upgraded and used every version of Parallels Desktop since its early, clunky days. It's the best way that I know of to run Windows and Mac programs side by side on the same Macintosh PC. There are other, cheaper ways to do the same magic tricks -- VMware Fusion comes to mind, at $50 versus $80 for Parallels.

I run several Windows programs on my sleek iMac because the corresponding Mac versions are not up to snuff, if they exist at all. I like Pages, the Mac's word processing program, better than Word for Windows, but I can't transmit my golden prose from my Mac, so I copy and paste it into Word. It's next to a miracle that I can have the best of both worlds -- Mac's superior operating system that's practically immune to viruses and other mischief -- and still run those few Windows programs I need -- all on the same PC.

New in version 8 of Parallels is the ability to run under both Mountain Lion on the Mac and Windows 8. …