Parallels announced today that it is releasing the Update Release Candidate 2 (RC2) for Parallels Desktop for Mac, the first solution that enables users to run Windows and other operating systems at the same time as OS X on any Intel-powered Mac, without re-booting.
The Update RC2, which is free for all Parallels Desktop users, improves support for the recently released quad-processor Mac Pro towers and Core 2 Duo iMacs by enabling users working with these machines to use Parallels Desktop with any RAM configuration, including Mac Pro towers equipped with up to 16GB of RAM, without modifying their systems. Previous versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac were compatible with Macs outfitted with 2GB of RAM or less, with the Release Candidate including a utility that helped users configure Mac Pro towers and Core 2 Duo Macs with more than for 2GB of RAM to work seamlessly with Parallels Desktop.
"Through our active engagement with the Mac community, we knew that the ability to work on Mac Pro towers and the new line of Core 2 Duo iMacs with more than 2GB of RAM was a 'must have' feature. As always, we listened and immediately began working to make that happen," said Benjamin Rudolph, Marketing Manager, Parallels. "The result of that relationship is Desktop Update RC2, which ensures that any user working with any Intel-Mac configured with any amount of RAM can easily run Windows and OS X simultaneously, without any system modifications."
Users can download the RC2 Update of Parallels Desktop at www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/update/. Active Parallels Desktop users should note that upgrading will not require a re-install of any guest operating systems or any applications. Users should also re-install Parallels Tools after upgrading to the Update Release Candidate 2.
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 www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/. Full versions of the product can be purchased at www.parallels.com/en/buyonline, or in any Apple Store, Staples, Office Depot, Micro Center, Fry's Electronics, or CompUSA location. The Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for Parallels Desktop is $79.99.