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Parallels Desktop Adds Support for Mac Pro, OS X 10.5 "Leopard"
Parallels announced today that it is making available the Update Release Candidate (RC) 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 RC, which is free for all Parallels Desktop users, adds support the recently released quad-processor Mac Pro towers outfitted with up to 3.5GB of RAM. With the addition of support for Mac Pro towers, Parallels Desktop for Mac is now compatible with all Intel-powered Apple computers, which in addition to the Mac Pro includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini.

The update RC also offers full compatibility with the developer builds of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named "Leopard." Leopard, which was previewed in Steve Jobs' keynote address at the 2006 Apple Worldwide Developer Forum, is expected to be ship in Spring 2007.

"By adding support for Mac Pro towers and OS X 'Leopard', we've shown once again that Parallels Desktop is not only a great productivity tool for any Intel-Mac user, but also for Mac software developers who need to work with Apple's next-generation OS." said Benjamin Rudolph, Marketing Manager, Parallels. "Now, anyone using a Mac Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro or iMac can run any version of Windows alongside any Intel-compatible version of OS X, including 10.4 'Tiger' or the upcoming 10.5 'Leopard'."

In addition, the Parallels Desktop for Mac update release candidate includes experimental guest OS support for the beta builds of Windows Vista, the next-generation of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Vista is due to be generally available in 2007.

The Update RC also offers number of other important performance-enhancing upgrades, including:

  • Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
  • An improved Parallels Tools package
  • Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
  • G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines

For more information about new features and improvements, please visit

Users can download the update of Parallels Desktop at Active Parallels Desktop users should note that upgrading will not require a re-install of any guest operating systems or their applications. Users should also re-install Parallels Tools after upgrading to the update release candidate.

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 Full versions of the product can be purchased at, 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.

Published Thursday, September 07, 2006 2:50 PM by David Marshall
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