Tested: Windows gaming in OS X with Parallels 7

I last looked at Windows gaming options on OS X in 2010; the choices haven’t gotten any better. However, Parallels 7 was recently released and boasts improved Windows performance in a virtualized environment, so it’s time to take another look.

Video: Parallels Mobile Running Windows on iPad

Parallels Desktop 6 makes it easy to run an alternate OS on any Mac in a virtual machine. Those needing to run Windows will find it makes using OS X and Windows side-by-side a solid experience. Parallels Mobile for iOS brings Windows to the iPad.

Put Windows on Your iPhone or iPad With Parallels Mobile

Parallels Desktop 6 recently launched, and we were all over it. Today, Parallels Mobile is available for the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch. Parallels Mobile lets you access any virtual machine running on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 6, over either Wi-Fi or 3G connections.

Review: Parallels Desktop 6 for the Mobile Professional

The days of major Windows/Mac compatibility issues have waned, but for the mobile professional they have not completely receded into memory. Whatever your reasons for needing access to Windows, the newly released Parallels Desktop 6 may be just what you need.

Hands On: Gaming With Parallels Desktop 6

I was thrilled when I saw a tweet about the release of Parallels 6. Earlier I wrote a lengthy evaluation of gaming on virtual machines. I thought I’d run the same games through Parallels 6 to see how its claims work out in the real world.

Parallels Desktop 6: Windows on the Mac

Parallels Desktop 6 (PD6) has been announced for the Mac, and offers performance gains over the previous version. PD6 provides virtual machine capability on the Mac designed to allow the installation and operation of alternate operating systems such as Windows.

By the Numbers: Running Windows-Based MMOs On the Mac

For 90 percent of my daily toil, OS X is the best platform for me. I use it during my day job, freelance writing, school, graphic design, and the usual goofing off everyone does. However, there is one glaring desire missing: I play Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs), and the Mac-native offerings are slim. I’ve had to result to running games in emulators, virtual disks, and Boot Camp partitions, and after running some numbers I thought I’d share my findings with you.

The Games

I play the following MMOs: World of Warcraft, EverQuest 1 and 2, Warhammer Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. Of these, only WoW and Warhammer have native clients. Which means I’m forced to use some sort of emulation to play them. A commenter  on Liam’s Windows 7 piece said, “You bought an Apple computer so use the Apple software. If you want it so bad go buy a PC.” For me, Apple and OS X are fantastic for my productivity needs, but when it comes to gaming, sadly, it’s still a Windows world. Read More about By the Numbers: Running Windows-Based MMOs On the Mac

Parallels Desktop 5 Released, Stays Ahead of VMWare


Hot on the heels of the release of VMWare Fusion 3, the folks at Parallels have released Parallels Desktop 5, matching the features of VMWare Fusion 3 and adding some new ones to boot. You can get a quick overview of the newest features in the Parallels press release.

Parallels Desktop 5 costs $79.99 for the full package, or $49.99 to upgrade from either Parallels Desktop 3 or 4. Parallels is also offering a free upgrade key for those who bought Parallels 4 after Oct. 1. This is also valid for Parallels 4 purchases up until Dec. 31. Customers must retrieve this before Jan. 15, 2010.
Besides the obvious two features, fully supporting Snow Leopard and Windows 7, some of the awesome new features are best shown in screenshots. Read More about Parallels Desktop 5 Released, Stays Ahead of VMWare