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Beta Update of Parallels Desktop for Mac Released

Last week, spoke with Parallels' Ben Rudolph, and when asked about VMware's future intentions about joining the Mac virtualization race, Ben said, "You don’t win a race by looking over your shoulder; you win it by focusing on the course ahead and running like hell."

Keeping true to his statement, Parallels isn't looking back.  VMware announced they are joining the party, and Parallels comes right back with their own announcement. 

At Day 2 of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Parallels announced that it has released a beta update of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the first solution that enables users to run Windows and other OSes at the same time as OS X on any Intel-powered Mac without rebooting.

The update, which is free for all Parallels Desktop users, includes several important upgrades, including:

  • USB improvement, including USB support for Windows Mobile 5, web cameras, and a much broader list of supported devices.
  • The Mac hard disk cache can be now switched off for a virtual machine, which can substantially improve OS X performance while using Parallels Desktop.
  • Improved graphic performance
  • Complete keyboard support, including the "eject CD" button and right & left shift mapping for non-English layouts
  • Unicode path support lets users name files and paths in any language
  • Improved shared folders performance
  • Minor bug fixes

Users can download the beta update of Parallels Desktop at

"Even though we've received positive feedback from several hundred thousand users, including industry experts like Walt Mossberg and David Pogue, we're not content to rest on our laurels," said Benjamin Rudolph, Marketing Manager for Parallels. "This update, as well as the new, groundbreaking features and upgrades on which we are actively working, underscore our commitment to keeping Parallels Desktop the #1 choice for Apple users who need to run Windows on their Macs."

The final release of the update is expected in the next few weeks. Users who have Parallels Desktop auto-update enabled will receive the final update automatically. Users who do not have auto-update enabled will be able to manually download the update by clicking "Check for Updates" in the "Help" tab of the Parallels menu bar.

New users can download a free 15-day trial version of Parallels Desktop at Full versions of the product can be purchased at, or in any Apple Store, Staples, Office Depot, Micro Center, Fry's Electronics, or CompUSA location. The SRP for Parallels Desktop is $79.99.

Published Tuesday, August 08, 2006 9:13 PM by David Marshall
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