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I am considering purchasing a 13" MBA with 8GB and 256GB hard drive. I would like to use this system for windows development using Visual Studio 2012. I am planning on using VM Fusion so that I can have a virtual machine for Windows 8. Could I get away with using a smaller hard drive - 128GB and still have enough room for just one VM? The only application on that VM would be Visual Studio 2012 and Office Professional(unless I went with Pages, etc.) and the OS. I was thinking I could keep the project source in the cloud or on a USB stick for each client.

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have you looked into lenovo think pad x1 touch? I use both the x1ct and MBP, but like my x1ct more for windows Dev. – Ray Cheng Jul 31 '13 at 21:36
I have considered it but I need the option to develop software for the Mac. – Craig Jul 31 '13 at 21:44
then your most cost effective solution is a Mac because you must run Mac OS on Mac hardware. – Ray Cheng Jul 31 '13 at 21:46
I have a 2012 13" MacBook Pro, running windows via parallels with visual studio 2010 and 2012 installed. It works for me. – ForeverWintr Jul 31 '13 at 21:59
What size HD and amount of memory? I was hoping to reduce the cost, but glad to hear that it is possible. – Craig Jul 31 '13 at 22:11
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I went through roughly the same issue with my 2010 MBP and VS2010. The only ways I was able to use VS2010 was by either BootCamp to dual boot Windows, or through a virtual machine. From my experience, there is no other way to develop with Visual Studio on a Mac. I prefered a virtual machine via VMWare, but that is strictly my opinion.

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you can use virtual box for Mac, then install windows. – Ray Cheng Jul 31 '13 at 21:45
That is true. There are plenty of virtualization software out there that will allow you to run Windows. VMWare just seemed to work better and more efficiently to me. – bullrider Jul 31 '13 at 21:46
I was thinking about using VMware Fusion. – Craig Jul 31 '13 at 22:12
I agree, there are only two ways, dual boot to windows with bootcamp and get great performance, but 1/2 the hard drive, or use a VM, and get 1/2 the performance. – nycynik Jul 31 '13 at 22:12
@Craig I was/am very happy with VMware Fusion, and I tried several before settling on it. – bullrider Jul 31 '13 at 22:17

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