Run Windows in a VirtualBox
Mac users looking to run Windows or Linux on their Mac have several commercial options. There is also Boot Camp, Apple’s own (free) solution. VirtualBox however is a great open source alternative. You can run most major versions of Windows in a program window just like any other application and it’s fast. The software supports shared folders to exchange files between Mac OS X and Windows. Instead of shutting down Windows you have the option of saving the current state, which reduces start up and shut down times. It’s easy to set up, just make sure you install the guest additions/extension pack.