The OS X Virtualization Weekend

It is Virtualization Sunday on Planet Apple. Thanks to a brand new beta of Parallels, a virtualization software for Mac OS X operating system, the entire mac world is talking virtualization. The fact, that many were singing its praises got us to upgrade our older version. And guess what – its all that and a bag of chips.

We were suitably impressed by a new “Coherence” feature which allows Windows Applications to float on the OS X desktop, with Windows XP hidden in the background. It gives an illusion of Windows apps running natively on the Mac.

Parallels has come a long way from its early beta days, and it is no surprise that Apple doesn’t have any plans to build virtualization into its Leopard version of OS X, according to Andy Neff, an analyst with Bear Stearns. Apple had made similar comments in a chat with Charles Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Co.

Parallels is not the only OS X virtualization offering. VM Ware’s Fusion software is in private beta and is getting good reviews as well. “The release of OS X for Intel has spurred virtualization software development in a way few other demands have. It all adds up to make M(a)cs a smarter and smarter buy,” writes Pete Mortensen on The Cult of Mac blog.

Apple, we suspect is going to let the market evolve, and let these other companies seed and nurture the market. And when time is right, it is going to unleash its own version of virtualization software. Hey they have done this in the past. But if the future unfolds as some think it will, this virtualization technology is going to be pretty key. We are happy to simply enjoy the fruits of labor of the wonderful folks at Parallels.