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Apple is preparing to train its shop staff to use Microsoft Windows in a bid to flog more Macs to business users reared on PCs.

The fruity firm is planning to teach its shop staff to use a piece of virtualisation software called Parallels, which allows fanbois to run both OSX and any number of Windows and Unix operational systems on their Apple computer without rebooting.

According to the blog 9to5Mac, Apple stores will now each have a massive 27-inch iMac running the latest version of Parallels with a demo of Windows 8, hopefully showing a whole new generation of business-minded fanbois that Macs aren't just for trendy folk.

Traditionally, it's accountants and civil servants who are forced to spend their days wasting away in front of dull old PCs, while architects, hipsters and Al Gore hotdesk around the world armed with their shiny new Macbook Airs.

But all that changed with the introduction of Boot Camp, Windows support drivers for Apple which allow Mac lovers to run Windows. Unlike Parallels, Boot Camp is unable to run more than one OS at a time, and you need to reboot to make the switch.

Parallels is currently in version 8 and is fairly cheap, coming in at just below $60. The latest version, Parallels 9, is due to ship at the beginning of September, for the slightly higher price of $75.

The latest version will most likely be configured to run with Mavericks, the new version of OSX, which is expected to be rolled out in September along with new Macbook Pro and iMac lines. ®

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