Pete Wright raves about Parallels Workstation, the product that lets you run a full virtual Windows install on your Mac desktop:
My first impressions: WOW!
This thing is fast. It’s faster in a virtual machine than my aging Dell laptop at the office, and it feels faster than my Motion LE 1600 tablet… If you have an Intel based Mac, forget Apples BootCamp – install Parallel’s Workstation instead and run Windows on your Mac’s terms, not the other way around.
Just realize with me that the only company that truly benefits from Boot Camp is Microsoft, because they’ll get to sell a retail copy of Windows XP for every copy of Boot Camp and retail XP makes Microsoft about three times as much money as the OEM version.
Microsoft LOVES Boot Camp and I am sure they’ll say that shortly. After all, Boot Camp sells more copies of Windows without threatening more sophisticated products like Microsoft’s own Virtual PC.
One reason why Microsoft isn’t surprised by Boot Camp is because Microsoft has been working with Apple to make sure that Windows Vista runs well on IntelMacs. Apple will support Vista dual boot, though I don’t know if they will become a Vista OEM, but I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t if it will help sales.
If Boot Camp is part of an OEM deal worked out with Microsoft, that suggests that Microsoft will take the high ground by offering a version of Virtual PC for IntelMacs. To be perfectly honest here, I KNOW about the Vista compatibility through Microsoft (not Apple) sources, but I am only guessing about the Virtual PC part.
Ian Betteridge on Macs, mobiles, and technology