Hi All -- I posted this to the MBA section and then realized it would be better here. I'm headed to graduate school in the fall and will need Windows occasionally to use a few Windows-only programs. I think I would rather not do the Boot Camp method because I like being able to open Windows while still in OSX. A few questions: 1. Can I buy the student version of Windows, even though it is an upgrade? I actually have XP, but it's on my '07 BlackBook. 2. If I also want to use the Windows version of Microsoft, I can install it even if I am virtualizing, right? (I'm obviously confused). I'd mostly use it for some Excel functions. Would it be a mistake to not also download the Mac version of Office? (I was already provided with the Windows version.) 3. Parallels or VMWare? Both seem like good options, and both have a very good student rate. 4. I will have the 256 version of the Air -- so it sounds like I should allocate 50 to Windows? Thank you!!