Got an Intel-based Mac and need to run programs written for Microsoft Windows? Although Apple’s free Boot Camp software is certainly an option, it pales in comparison to the relatively inexpensive Parallels Desktop software. Parallels lets you run a copy of Windows at the same time you are running the Mac OS X operating system. You’ll need to purchase Windows seperately, but it prevents the need to reboot to run a copy of your Windows software. Because it runs on Intel-based Macs, the speed is almost identical to a regular PC. Downsides? It’s not free and it does take a little while to load up. On the other hand, it runs peacefully in the background, so you can keep it running while it’s not in use. Download the demo to check it out. Remember: this only works on the newer Intel-based Macs.