Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187359/5-ways-to-run-windows-software-on-a-mac/
Macs have a thriving ecosystem of software, but some programs still only support Windows. Whether you want to use business software or play Windows PC games, there are many ways to run Windows programs on your Mac.
So what is the authors favorite way?
I don't play any games, I just use it to run network administration tools I need and VitualBox has dome all I need it to so far with a windows 7 and XP (need it for Toyota software to program the computer on my Rav4) guests.
I use Virtualbox because all I need Windows for is testing stuff, but if you just used a particular Windows app your best bet would be Parallels with native "coherence" integration. Works really well.
I can see the point of using a Mac to run Apple software but why would anyone in their right mind pay three times the price for Apple hardware to run Windows? It makes no sense at all.
Sorry, you are completely incorrect here. This comparison has been done to death on the web now: a Macbook and a PC notebook with the same build quality and hardware are about the same price these days.
In fact, I have a Mac Mini running Windows. It sits in my home theater system and basically does nothing but run 2 Minecraft servers and occasionally show streaming video on my TV. Up until the Intel NUC came out, I literally could not build a real PC that size. (Yes, there are Atom and Celeron micro-PC's, but those hardly count.) In fact, I recently worked with a government agency that bought several Mac Mini's to deploy in their mobile command posts - specifically because they ARE small and can run WIndows. Those machines don't even have MacOS on the hard drive; they're just little, compact PC's.
And the iMac is probably the world's finest all-in-one PC. When you compare other All-in-one systems, you quickly find that the prices are not out of line with the hardware that's packed inside.
Sure, you can get a PC notebook for $400, and you can't buy a Macbook for less than $1000...but that $400 notebook can't do what even the cheapest Mac can do, and when you compare similar hardware, Macs are not significantly more expensive than PC's.
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