Monday, September 10

Parallels for Mac Tops 650,000 Licenses

By The VAR Guy 2 comments

As you may have read, The VAR Guy is mulling another PC purchase. He’s trying to decide between an iMac and a Dell PC running Ubuntu. Yes, he knows about Parallels — the virtualization software that allows Macs to run Mac OS, Windows and Linux on the same system. But he had no idea how popular Parallels had become.

According to a source at Parallels, the company has sold more than 650,000 copies of Parallels in the past years. Eager adopters include The VAR Guy’s neighbor — an IT manager at Cablevision (the big broadband provider) who runs Mac OS, Vista and Novell SuSE Linux on his MacBook Pro.

Will The VAR Guy follow suit? For the short term probably not. He’s in the market for a home system that his kids can use. He’s already got a MacBook Pro for work and a Dell Ubuntu box for home productivity applications. Now, it might be time for an iMac for the little VAR Guys — though there’s always the opportunity to install Parallels on the system at some future date. Clearly, Parallels has gained critical mass. And The VAR Guy loves hopping on bandwagons…

Comments (2)

  1. […] run Mac OS and Windows on Mac hardware. It has a strong brand and a loyal following — with 650,000 licenses sold through September 2007. In this case, the product has a stronger brand than the parent company […]

    TechIQ » Archive » Corporate Name Changes Done Right, December 14th, 2007 at 11:06 am #
  2. I am a primary Mac user, but have to run a few Windows apps at my company (MS Outlook for one aaarrrgh!)

    Parallels has been a Godsend and where some of my cohorts use Mac hardware to boot exclusively into Windows using BootCamp, I enjoy the stability, features, and fun of the Mac.

    -Anthony

    Anthony F. Navarro, December 14th, 2007 at 1:13 pm #

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