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From: monkey's uncle8/3/2007 11:34:45 AM
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Virtualization Wars: Windows on a Mac

New versions of Parallels, VMWare allow Mac users to run Windows Vista.

Jonny Evans, Macworld
Friday, August 03, 2007 08:00 AM PDT
The battle for Mac hearts and minds is taking an unusual twist, with Windows emerging as the new field of warfare.

Two major players in the virtualization space have made significant announcements in recent hours.

VMWare will ship its virtualization software for Macs, VMWare Fusion next week, while the Parallels team has released a new free beta of its Parallels Desktop software for Mac.

VMWare Fusion ships next week

VMWare Fusion (available 6 August) enables Mac users to run Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris and 57 other operating systems side-by-side on an Intel Mac. The software runs both 32- and 64-bit systems, can fully exploit dual processors and supports many USB 2.0 devices.

The software also supports DirectX for games and Boot Camp-based installations (Windows XP) on Intel Macs. It will cost US$80 when it ships, though is available at just $40 until 5 August. UK pricing hasn't yet been announced.

New Parallels revealed

Meanwhile, the Parallels team has confirmed the latest test version is available for free to anyone with a permanent or trial Parallels Desktop 3.0 registration.

Parallels Desktop (#39.99 at Amazon UK) lets Mac users run Microsoft Windows XP or Vista beside Mac OS X.

The new version supports Microsoft application windows inside Expose, so Windows application windows look like Mac apps when seen in Expose view.

The free Explorer utility in this version lets Mac users browse and work with the hard drive of virtual machines (such as the Windows system on a Mac) even when the virtual machine is off.

In an interesting twist, the new release also lets iPhone users sync their device in the Windows environment on a Mac.

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From: monkey's uncle8/7/2007 4:29:12 PM
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New Issues Ride Out Volatility

IPOs Are Expected To Remain Strong; Awaiting VMware


August 6, 2007;

"But the one investors are expected to be most keen on comes the following week. VMware Inc., a unit of data-storage titan EMC Corp., which helped pioneer the market for virtualization software, is expected to go public Aug. 14.

The VMware deal, which could raise as much as $825 million, is seen as an indicator of the market's health given the buzz the deal has generated.

That is due in part to VMware's swift growth. Revenue soared 82% last year to almost $704 million while net income jumped to $85.9 million, from $66.8 million the previous year.

EMC plans to spin off about 10% of VMware. Investors in the company include Cisco Systems Inc., which recently agreed to invest $150 million, and chip maker Intel Corp., which made a $218.5 million investment.

"VMware is one of the hottest deals this year," Mr. Sweet said. "Based on demand and pre-IPO buildup, it is expected to perform spectacularly well. If it doesn't, then this deal could be a solid indicator that market conditions are really affecting IPOs."

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From: monkey's uncle8/11/2007 2:06:25 PM
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Tuesday August 14

Shares of VMware, an EMC spinoff that makes virtualization software, begin trading, in what is expected to be one of the strongest IPOs this year.

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