Friday, August 29, 2014

Running Windows Software On A Mac

Our mainline computers at the firm are Windows machines.  However, my laptop is a Mac Book Pro and my home computer is a Mac.  The Macs are superior in every way.  Better operating system, better software, better screens . . . .

We go with the Windows computers at the office because all of the legal-specific software that we use is Windows-only (for example, AbacusLaw, DissoMaster, Attorney's Briefcase).  Sucks, but that's how it is.

There is an alternative. It is called Windows Virtualization.  Parallels and VM Ware Fusion 6 are software programs that allow you to install Windows on your Apple computer, and then run Windows and all of your Windows software on that computer.  I have installed Parallels on my Mac Book Pro and it is AWESOME!




Once you have the virtualization software installed you simply click an icon and then Windows is running on your Apple machine.  Totally seamless.  It seems to me that Windows runs even better and faster on my MBP than it does on my native Windows machine -- and the same can be said for the Windows programs that I run on the Mac.

Now I can have the best of both worlds.  Windows programs and Mac Happiness.

Fusion 6 on a Mac

A couple of confessions:  In addition to buying Parallels or Fusion 6, you are also going to have to buy a copy of Windows to install on your Mac.  Your looking at more than a couple of hundred dollars.  Also, the complete installation on your Mac can be a bit challenging.  Be humble and call tech support.  With help it took me about an hour and a half to get it done.

I am going to be speaking on this topic at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Chicago on November 5, 2014.  Stop by and say hi!

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

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