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Parallels Workstation 2.2

Parallels Workstation

Available for
windows* mac
linux** unix

virtualization virtual-machine

If you have Windows but also like Linux, now you can have them both on your computer with Parallels Workstation without rebooting. Whatever your skill level, Parallels lets you easily run more than one operating system on one computer. It's completely networked, stable and secure.

Parallels' set up is fast and simple, designed to make virtualization easy whether you're a beginner or an IT professional. A special toolkit called Parallels Tools is included to help you make the most of its features and functions.

With Parallel you can run different operating systems on a single computer, securely and with stability. Each virtual machine is isolated from the others. That is, nothing that one VM does affects any of the others on the system. This is an invaluable tool if you want to try out a new system that may be unstable or you need to run legacy applications. You can even run them simultaneously and switch between machines. This is great if you want to run a favorite application that operates only in Windows 98 but your computer has XP or Vista. Simply create your VM and run the program, it will not interfere with any functions of the host machine.

Best of all, the operating systems inside each of your Virtual Machines perform at nearly the same speed as the "real" thing. Parallels Workstation brings you the best of virtualization in one versatile and stable package.

Open source Parallels Workstation alternatives

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