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Personally I find the whole Mac/PC argument tedious in the extreme; I'm a Mac user who's quite happy to run Windows as well, but doing so can be a costly exercise in hardware and virtualisation software. The latest in the seemingly never-ending stream of budget application bundles takes some of the cost sting out, offering up Parallels Desktop 7 along with nine other Mac apps for $US49.


Mac/iOS/Android: The next version of virtualisation software Parallels, which lets you run Windows software on your Mac, is coming September 6, but current users can upgrade now to get support for Lion features like full-screen viewing, simultaneous webcams usage, and more.


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There are two popular options for virtualisation software: VMware Fusion and Parallels. But which is better? MacTech did a detailed comparison and they found out that there was an obvious winner when it came to handling graphics.


A heads up for all you IT gurus; the Citrix NetScaler VPX conference will take place this Wednesday and Thursday in Sydney and Melbourne. Starting at 8am, the three-hour seminars will cover web app acceleration, dynamic layer 4-7 load balancing, ensuring availability of business-critical applications and application level firewalling.


Just a quick note for Mac users lusting for some PC software functionality: Local distributor Conexus today announced Parallels 4 for Australia. New users can pick it up for $140, and if you happen to own a previous version the upgrade only costs $70. If you picked up Parallels 3 after September 1 this year though, you're eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version, which as you remember purports to be 50% faster.


VMware, which consumers know mostly for their Fusion desktop virtualisation software, is moving into the mobile space, albeit surreptitiously. The company has announced VMware MVP, a thin layer of software that will interface between handsets' hardware and operating system, allowing for a standardised development platform across any handsets that include it. What does this mean for regular consumers? For now, not much. If the tech finds enough support for hardware vendors, though, the consequences could be major.