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  • 4.0 stars

    "Runs every program I need"

    November 10, 2012  |   By nrkmann--2008

    Pros

    Computer: 8GB MacBook Pro 17" Core2Duo 2.66

    Runs quickly, can watch video and listen to music.
    I regularly use Office 2007 Live Meeting, Cisco simulation software, terminal serve into my server, etc. all with no problems

    Cons

    Have to run some programs in XP SP3 mode from Win 7 or Win 8.

    Seems to have a memory leak, i.e. keeps using more and more memory until all memory is in use and will not release the memory when shut down. Have to reboot the Mac every week or so to get my memory back.

    As others have said a bit expensive if you have to have the latest and greatest. I buy updates at the end of cycle when they are $25-$30. This seems to work for me.

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