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Windows and Mac apps work well together
on 31 December 2016
I've been using this on my MacBook Pro for four years now, with no problems. I wanted to be able to run Windows programs on the Mac, including Microsoft Office and ShareScope. I could have bought the Mac version of Office instead, but there was no way I could get ShareScope onto the Mac without Parallels or Boot Camp. With Parallels I can run Mac and Windows programs at the same time, whereas with Boot Camp I'd need to re-boot to switch between them. I've been using Windows for years, but prefer the Mac user interface; this way I can gradually migrate myself to the Mac world without losing the ability to go back to Windows as needed.
I've upgraded Parallels each time OSX has been upgraded, so I'm running 11.2.1 now. I've kept to Windows 7, as it runs my old Office 2007 and ShareScope just fine.
I've been toying with setting up another virtual machine for Ubuntu, so then I'd have Mac, Windows, and Linux programs all running in parallel, easy to switch between them - but haven't got round to that yet. I'm confident that will work fine.
I've dropped a star because of the need to keep paying for upgrades. Whenever OSX gets a facelift to a new version, the Parallels people send out a mail saying that their new version is optimised for the new OSX. It may be that the old version of Parallels runs ok on the updated OSX, but I don't want to take the risk. And you need to pay for Parallels upgrades, which is a drag.