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Londoners 'not that worried' about Olympic traffic chaos

But they should be, say Parallels (and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson)

Despite the constant reminders that London is going to be flooded during the Olympics - and we don't mean by the rain that we are bound to see but rather by the spectators - less than half of the residents of the capital are worried about the problems they may face getting to work.

According to a poll done on behalf of Parallels, 49.8% of London residents are concerned about how they will get to work.

Companies seem to be just as blas about the situation. Seven out of ten Londoners (74%) are unaware of any special provisions put in place by their employers to help them get to work.

Parallels is concerned that the "travel chaos" may negatively impact on work productivity. The survey shows that more than four out of ten Londoners (44%) do not have access to technologies that would allow them to work remotely.

Parallels vice president of marketing for desktop virtualisation and Mac, Kim Johnston, warns: "Planning ahead to minimise disruption during the Games is vital. It is important for businesses and workers to quickly look at technology they can simply implement in the time left to help ensure that they can work as productively as possible."

Parallels is pushing the ability to run Mac and Windows applications simultaneously on one computer and access them remotely via iPad and iPhone, suggesting that this could give workers the "flexibility to be productive from anywhere, saving time and money."

Parallels Desktop 7 (reviewed) for Mac costs £34.99.

In related news, a recent update to Parallels provides support for Apple's new Retina Display MacBook Pro.

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