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Having a 24' iMAC is a lot of fun. Mine happily dual boots between 'Tiger' and 'Vista' but sometimes there are things I'd like to do using both...

And then came VMware Fusion! Not only does it virtualise my BottCamp install but it also has this super feature called Unity.  Unity mixes up my Tiger and Vista experiences allowing me to run Windows applications directly from the Dock. I can minimize Windows applications to the Dock, switch between Windows or Mac applications with Exposé, find and instantly launch any Windows application, drag and drop files between Windows and the Mac, and use familiar Mac keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste between Windows and Mac applications.

This gives me the best of both and gives fusion a huge lead over Parallels.

The second fun thing I've been doing on my MAC is using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connector for the MAC. This allows me to mange a Microsoft machine straight off the MAC desktop. I recently had the interesting experience of RDC to my development boxes Virtual Image running under MS's Virtual PC. This meant I could dev onto this remote machine!!

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:03 AM | Back to top


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Hey - just an FYI - Parallels has had something similar to Unity for a while now (they call it Coherence), and updated it in their most recent release (v3 i believe) to include all of the functionality outlined above (as well as DirectX and OpenGL support).

One cool thing is being able to browse your VHD files from the Mac OS when your VM isn't even switched on.

Either way - its excellent to see how the virtualization space is maturing - a good use for all those cores methinks :)

Thanks for the heads up on the RDC - very cool.

Left by Rogan Josh on Aug 16, 2007 3:52 AM

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Thanks for that comment - I have downloaded the Beta and will have a 'play' this weekend!
Left by Andy James on Aug 16, 2007 4:03 AM

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