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Originally Posted by -e-
ooh does that mean i can effectively run windows in sox? so run pc software straight from osc? what's the speed like, given that it's all emulated, do you know? thanks for pointing this out, it could be really handy!
What's nice is that its not emulated at all, an emulator is something like VirtualPC for a PowerPC mac which literally converts each CPU instruction from PowerPC to Intel (x86). This is pretty inefficient. Parallels (and VMware) let you use your existing hardware very efficiently. Apparently from what I have heard parallels is fast enough to do just about anything except heavy duty gaming (I would believe booting in Windows using bootcamp would be better for games because your computer resources would be used for windows only).

As for how it works in Mac OS its just literally a program you start. Once setup Windows (or I guess your operating system of choice) will open in a window on your desktop. You can even have more than one operating system open. I cannot confirm, however, if parallels has drag and drop support like the old school VirtualPC (drag a file from the Mac OS into the Windows window).
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