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Parallels Desktop for Mac Update RC Wins MacWorld Expo 2007 “Best in Show”
Parallels announced today that the Update Release Candidate (RC) for the Parallels Desktop for Mac, released today, has been named “Best in Show” at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The “Best in Show” award is presented to the most elite of the several thousand products and services on display at the annual MacWorld Expo and Conference.

Parallels is demonstrating the Update RC at the company’s booth, #1643, located in the South Exhibit Hall, just behind the main Apple exposition center.

In addition to MacWorld Expo “Best in Show”, Parallels Desktop for Mac, the company’s product that runs Windows, Linux or any other operating system at the same time as OS X, without re-booting, has received a number of important accolades since its release in June 2006. They include the 2006 MacWorld Magazine “Editor’s Choice” Award (known as the “Eddy”), the PC World Magazine “Innovation of the Year” Award, and BBC World News’s “Best Tech Product of 2006.” The product was also the first non-Apple product to win the MacWorld Magazine Reader’s Choice award.

The Update RC includes two major new features:
  • Better USB 2.0 support. Faster support for a broader range of devices, including Palm PDAs and most webcams.
  • Improved Drag and Drop. Parallels Desktop now shares the entire Mac file structure between OS X and Windows. This means that a user can, for example, drag a Word file directly from OS X to Word for Windows, have the Windows program automatically open, and edit the file without creating a separate, independent copy in their Windows VM. When the user clicks “save” after modifying the file, the update file is saved directly to their Mac.

The Parallels Desktop for Mac Update, which is free for all registered customers, includes a number of groundbreaking features that completely change the way users work with multiple operating systems on a single machine. Most important among these new features is “Coherence”, a new view mode that lets users running Intel-powered Apple Macs to run Windows applications directly on their Mac, without ever seeing the Windows desktop. Coherence also lets users load Windows applications from their Mac dock, meaning that they can run important Windows-only applications like Outlook and Internet Explorer without ever leaving their Mac desktop.

The update also includes support for USB 2.0, CD/DVD burning in virtual machines, and a new "Transporter" feature that enables entire Windows machines, as well as Virtual PC and VMware Workstation virtual machine images to be migrated to a Parallels virtual machine running on the Mac, without having to reinstall the operating system or any applications.

A complete list of the Update’s features and improvements is available at:

“The Update RC for Parallels Desktop for Mac brings us even closer to giving users a true native experience when working with virtual machines,” said Benjamin Rudolph, Marketing Manager, Parallels. “With the inclusion of better USB 2.0 support that works seamlessly with Palm devices, and more efficient file sharing via drag and drop, users will be able to get more done by easily working with Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously."

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2007 9:06 PM by David Marshall
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