Do you want to switch to a Macintosh for reliability reasons but hesitate to do so because you want to keep some of your Windows programs? Many Windows programs do have Macintosh equivalents (Word and Excel for both platforms), Calendar programs (replace Outlook with iCal), desktop publishing (replace Microsoft Publisher with Apple Pages), photo editing (Adobe Photoshop is available for both platforms), and dozens of other equivalents. However, maybe there is that one certain Windows program that you like that does not have an exact clone on the Mac. Perhaps your favorite genealogy program does not have a Mac version. What can you do?
Run the Windows program on the Macintosh!
Actually, there are several programs that will allow Windows programs to run on a Macintosh, including Fusion, VirtualBox, BootCamp, and (with many limitations) CrossOver. However, my favorite cross-operating system product is Parallels Desktop. It is the most sophisticated product and is also easier to install and use than any of the other products. It also allows the user to run both Windows and Macintosh programs simultaneously.
The newly-released Parallels Desktop 11 version allows all the latest features of Windows 10 to operate on your Mac, even including Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.
Along with your Mac and a copy of Parallels Desktop 11 you will also need an installable copy of Windows 10 or an earlier version of Windows. The next step, installing Windows onto your Mac, also is a breeze. Once Parallels Desktop 11 and Windows 10 (or an earlier version of Windows) are both installed, you are ready to use Windows programs on your Mac.
Parallels Desktop 11 costs $79.99 (an upgrade for anyone using a previous version is $49.99) while the Pro Edition and Business Edition cost $99.99 per seat per year. The Pro and Business Editions have features that are not needed for home use. Most in-home users will want the cheaper version for $79.99.
Details may be found at http://parallels.com/products/desktop.