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Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X Reaches Beta 5

Parallels announces the release of the Beta 5 version of its Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X.  With over 100,000+ people now participating, the product is getting more stable and offering more solutions!

Improvements and fixes in Beta 5:

  • Introduced USB support. Connect your favorite USB devices directly to a virtual machine! Learn more about USB Support...
  • Introduced shared folders. Share files between Mac OS X and any Windows XP or Windows 2003 guest virtual machine! Learn more about Shared Folders Support...
  • Support for dynamic screen resolutions. When a guest OS is selected, a list of available screen resolutions is dynamically populated with primary OS resolutions.
  • Fixed keyboard mapping problems
  • Fixed mouse pointer lag problem
  • Better sound support
  • Fixed problems with sleeping/waking up the primary OS when a VM is running
  • Introduced the ability to resize a guest when switching to fullscreen mode
  • Added optional "transition cube" animation for transitioning to and from fullscreen mode
  • Fixed several kernel panics
  • Added default network adapter for bridged mode
  • Sound lag fixed


Known Issues Include:

  • USB support problems:
    • Right now, only USB flash drives work with virtual machines. USB device support will be expanded soon.
    • You must eject the USB device from MacOSX before to connecting it to the guest OS
  • The Shared Folders feature is not available for Windows 2000 guests, but will be soon.
  • It is not possible to create subfolders in the Shared Folder inside a guest OS.
  • It is not possible to remove a "read-only" file flag in the Shared Folder inside a Guest OS.

Download Beta 5, here.


Published Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:38 AM by David Marshall
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