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Parallels Final Release Version of Desktop for Mac is Available

Wow... the big day is finally here for Parallels and the users of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

After a successful multi-stage beta program that involved more than 100,000 testers from 75 countries, Parallels announces the final release version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.  Currently, it is the only solution available that lets Mac users run Windows and Mac OS X at the same time - without rebooting - on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook, or MacBook Pro. 

While the final release price will be $79.99, you can still get the product for $49.99 if you order before July 15th.  So if you are interested, act quickly!  A $30.00 discount is nothing to sneeze at.

If you pre-ordered, go here to download the final release version and register it with your permanent key.  To register, go to "Help" on the menu and then click on "Activate Product" and then enter your key.  If you pre-ordered but haven't received your permanent key, contact Parallels at


Why is Parallels Desktop the best solution for running Windows on a Mac?

  • Unmatched ease of use
    Parallels Desktop for Mac is easy to download, install and use. Download the program and install it with a single click. Build a virtual machine in seconds using helpful wizards. Configure virtual machines on the fly using a simple, web-inspired interface.
  • Run any OS at the same time as OS X
    Use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in completely isolated secure virtual machines running alongside - not instead of - Mac OS X.
  • Build virtual machines that work exactly like stand-alone Windows computers
    Use applications, access the internet, and work with any piece of hardware just like you would on a real computer, without the hassle of shutting down or booting up OSes or switching between terminals.
  • Easily share files and folders between Windows and Mac OS X
    With Parallels Shared Folders tool, you can easily share documents and folders, or cut and paste data, between any Windows XP, 2003 or 2000 virtual machine and your Mac OS X machine.  No networking or complicated set up required!
  • Optimize virtual machine performance and save storage space with Parallels Compressor
    Parallels Desktop for Mac includes Parallels Compressor, a powerful built in tool that can improve virtual machine performance and conserve hard drive space by reducing the size of virtual hard disk images by 50% or more.
Published Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:05 PM by David Marshall
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