If you own a Mac OSX hardware/software combination, you can use BootCamp and run Windows native. Why? Because a lot of applications the real world uses isn't written for OSX natively.
Or...if you just need lightweight Windows access, you can run Parallels (which cost $$ I think) and you can fake all Windows programs running under Parallels to look like if they were running inside OSX. This is software virtualization of Windows OS while running OSX. It is not optimal and it will not do well with Windows programs/games that require hardware acceleration or lots of memory to run.
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Originally Posted by jdcnosse
although if I remember correctly boot camp doesn't really work all that well on the hackintoshes, and so you're better off dual booting with chameleon.
The Hackintoshes out there have a hard time running BootCamp. Also running Parallels is almost impossible on a Hackintosh.