For those of you who don’t know it, I am a huge advocate of desktop virtualisation. If you read a previous article, then you may know of Parallels Desktop. Parallels Desktop is a tool that is considered to be one of the best solutions for you to create and run Windows installations on the mac in a virtual machine.
Earlier on today, Parallels released Parallels Desktop 7 for the mac. It is faster and better than its predecessor(Parallels Desktop 6). On top of that you can buy, download and install Windows 7 into a virtual machine right from within parallels. In addition to this, the new version of this application supports Mac OSX Lion. Not only that but it also allows you to run OSX Lion inside a Virtual Machine. As before, you can download, install and run Google’s Chrome OS inside a virtual machine. However, you can download, install and run Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux inside Parallels Desktop 7. On a side-note I personally prefer to install Fedora and Ubuntu myself and customise the installations to my needs.
If you have Parallels Desktop 6 or 5, then you can upgrade to version 7 for $50 in the USA(£35 in the UK). The standalone copy will cost you $80 in the USA(£64).
Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement of Parallels Desktop. Additionally, this is not an endorsement of Parallels Desktop.