I wanted to talk a bit about a very interesting article I just read on MacWorld.com that polled more than 1,600 Mac users about the impact that Parallels and Apple’s Boot Camp are having on the market.
The numbers offer impressive answers to a few important questions:
- Is interoperability between Mac OS X and Windows really that important?
Clearly yes. 83% of respondants said that what we’re doing is good for the Mac community.
- What about non-Intel-Mac users? Will they be willing to upgrade to a “Mactel” just to run a few Windows apps?
Definitely. Because of Mac/Windows interoperability, MacWorld reports that nearly 3/4 of PowerPC Mac owners plan to buy an Intel-Mac in the next 12 months to take advantage of Windows/Mac interoperability.
- How does Parallels fit into all of this?
The numbers show that we’re already a leader in the space, and that we’re continuously picking up speed. As of right now, almost half of Intel-Mac owners already have Parallels installed on their Mac, or plan to do so soon. Compare that to Boot Camp; less than 40% of Mactel users have or will install it on their machines.
Pretty cool, right? Keep an eye on parallels.com for product updates and enhancements that will no doubt make these great numbers even higher!
If you haven’t done so already, check out what all the buzz is about by download a free, fully functional 30-day beta copy of Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X at the Parallels Download Center.
Almost forgot…check out Phillip Michael’s entire article on MacWorld.com.