Ars Technica met with Ben Rudolph, marketing manager at Parallels, to find out about some of the things that can be expected to come out of the next major beta of Parallels Desktop for Mac and to clarify some of the comments highlighted in a previous Ars Technica article about VMware versus Parallels.
It's obvious that Ben is a very passionate guy who loves Parallels, and is excited about what Parallels is innovating for the future. I asked when we might be able to expect the next major beta (key word here being "major") and he said that it should be within the next couple of months. There will be a few incremental releases in between (here was even one released today! Build 3120), but the next major beta should bring us a lot of cool stuff that many users have been asking for.
Much to many of your delight, hardware graphics acceleration is expected to come in the next major beta, which as I said in the paragraph above, will be available within the "next couple of months." Yay! Ben said that other things we can expect are multi-core virtual machines/virtual SMP, some SCSI support, and "a more Mac-like feel."
In addition to the above, there will be support for more network adapters, and more hardware support in general. The next beta will carry even better USB 2.0 support, and there will even be iSight support within Parallels "within the next couple of weeks." You don't even have to wait for the next major beta for that one.
Ben told me that the next major beta will also have a more sophisticated Coherence mode. (The ability to run Windows apps side-by-side with Mac apps as if you were running them on your Mac.) "It'll be kinda' like Coherence 2.0," Ben told me. I guess we just get to leave it at that. He seemed very excited about it, though. "Coherence is one of the great things that we've done that VMWare hasn't done yet, although maybe they're looking at something like that, I don't know," he said.
Speaking of VMWare, Ben wanted me to help clarify some of the "statements" that were made in Jade's article about VMWare versus Parallels from late last night/early this morning. As it turns out, he really likes the guys from VMWare and thinks the company does great things.
"They're VMWare. They just don't put out bad stuff," Ben said. "I don't dislike them at all." So what's with some of those disparaging comments made yesterday to Jade? "Well... some of that was taken out of context," Ben laughs.
"The main difference I see between Parallels and VMWare is just that VMWare is such a large company in comparison to us," he said. "Since we're so small, we are able to innovate new stuff—such as Coherence, which was an idea we just had at a meeting and immediately went to go code it right after the meeting broke—that much quicker. VMWare, on the other hand, has thousands of employees and so of course, as with any big company, things are just going to take a little longer. That doesn't mean they do bad work whatsoever, it just comes down to the differences between a big company and a small company overall."
"It's kind of like this," Ben said. "It's easier to turn a sailboat than a battleship."
Thanks to Ben Rudolph and the Parallels team for taking time to talk to us, and definitely keep up the good work, guys.
Read the original or post/read the comments made to this article already, here.