Windows XP Pro guest virtual machine running alongside a Mac OS X primary OS
This is one development we're genuinley excited by - the prospect of running two, or even more Operating Systems on a single machine.
At the moment here at Sonic we use both Mac and PCs for different tasks, which is okay...ish in the office, but if we're out covering a show, for example, then we really don't want to be lugging two machines just to have access to programs which only run on one platform.
We're certinly not alone in wanting one lappie to rule them all - the value of Apple shares increased markedly when they announced back in April they would offer Boot Camp for loading Windows on to a Mac.
Thing is, though, Boot Camp only lets you run one OS at a time - Parallels Desktop, announced at around the same time by start-up company Parallels, enables Mac users to run Windows as a 'Virtual Machine' alongside the original OS, and has been running in a Beta program also since April this year.
Boot Camp is expected to be included in Leopard, the next version of OSX, but as of right now, you can purchase the release version of Parallels at an introductory discount for $49 USD - thereafter it will cost $79 (Â£45).
I doubt very much Apple will mind being pipped at the post in this particular race... doesn't take Mystic Meg to see sales of shiny new Apple laptops hotting up this summer.