My Favorite Windows Testing PC is my MacBook (with Parallels Desktop)

by Todd Ogasawara

Although I like my MacBook and OS X a lot, I also work a lot with (and like) applications that run in Microsoft Windows too. This includes beta-testing a lot of Windows-based software. I tried upgrading Internet Explorer 7 Beta-2 to Beta-3 and found it just would not using the same procedure I ran on a Dell notebook PC running Windows XP a few days ago. Since IE is so ingrained in Windows, the possibility of reformating the hard drive, reinstalling Windows, and reinstalling applications would be a good possibility under normal circumstances. Fortunately, this problem was happening in a Virtual Machine running in Parallels Desktop for the Mac.