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Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Adds 3D Graphics, Snapshots, and Improved Integration between Windows & Mac OS X
Parallels, Inc. announced today its release of Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac, a completely new version of its award-winning software that enables Mac users to run Windows, Linux, and any other operating system at the same time as OS X on a single Mac desktop, without rebooting. 

The release of Parallels Desktop 3.0, which is the first major update of Desktop for Mac since the launch of the Parallels Desktop for Mac in June 2006, introduces over 50 new features, enhancements and improvements that make running Windows and Mac software at the same time on a single Intel-based Mac easier and more seamless than ever before.  As with all earlier versions, this release fully and automatically utilizes Intel ® Virtualization Technology to deliver superior stability and performance while running multiple operating systems simultaneously.  

The release is anchored by SmartSelect, a powerful new feature that lets users use any OS X or Windows application to open any file type, regardless of whether that file is on the Mac or Windows desktop. Users can select the right application to open a file each time via right click, or can set a default application association to ensure that a given class of file always opens in a specific application. 

For example, if a user sets Word for Windows to be the default application to work with .doc, .rtf and .txt files, he or she could simply double click a file with that extension in either OS - even if it is an email attachment in Apple Mail or Entourage - and instantly open the file in Word for Windows. A user could also configure SmartSelect to open all hyperlinks clicked in either OS to open in a Mac web browser, such as Safari or Camino. 

SmartSelect is also automatically configured to mount and open Mac .dmg installer files in OS X, even if they were downloaded in Windows via Internet Explorer or Outlook, and to automatically open .exe files in Windows, even if they reside in Mac OS X. 

Other major Parallels Desktop 3.0 performance, usability and security features include:

* Snapshots:  An important new security and backup tool that makes Parallels virtual machines "bulletproof". Snapshots instantly save the state of a virtual machine's memory, settings and hard disk, and revert back to that instant at any time. This gives users the freedom to make changes, try beta software, and explore the internet without the risk of corrupting their virtual machine. If a mishap occurs, the user can revert back to a VM snapshot with a single click, erasing all changes - including major system errors - that happened after the snapshot was taken. A built-in, map-inspired Snapshot Manager helps users manage multiple snapshots.
 
* Security Manager:  A built in management tool that helps users customize the level of interaction between Windows and OS X, including how and when files can be shared between OSes, if "drag and drop" is enabled or disabled, and when hard disks and devices are mounted and accessible.

* Hardware-Accelerated 3D Graphics:  Strong support for OpenGL and DirectX brings Windows' vast library of 3D-intensive applications to the Mac. Without leaving their Mac desktop, users can play popular Windows-only 3D games such as Quake, Half-Life 2, and World of Warcraft, as well as work with complex Windows-only 3D CAD programs.

* Parallels Explorer: Without launching Windows, users can view and modify the contents of their Windows virtual hard drive using Parallels Explorer, which is included as a free, stand-alone tool with every copy of Parallels Desktop 3.0. Users can drag files to and from the virtual hard drive, move or re-name existing files and create new folders.

* Vista Boot Camp Support:  Existing Windows Vista Boot Camp partitions, as well as Windows XP Boot Camp partitions can be run in a Parallels virtual machine. Users can switch between running Windows in Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp as often as they would like.

In-depth information on Parallels Desktop 3.0's new features and major improvements, as well as videos and screenshots of key features in action, is available at http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop.

"This new version is an important milestone for us helping computer users get the best of all operating systems on a single, seamless desktop," said Nick Dobrovolskiy, CEO of Parallels, Inc. "With new features that deliver more flexibility, increased security and peace-of-mind, working with multiple operating systems has never been easier, safer, or more fun."

"Parallel Desktop 3.0 for Mac on Intel-based Macs is enabling a new era in virtualization," said Doug Fisher, Intel Vice President of System Software Division.  "Users can now run multiple operating systems while enjoying blistering performance, energy efficiency and powerful resource management on desktop and mobile computers.  This is made possible by Parallel's virtualization software that fully utilizes the capabilities of Intel® Virtualization Technology built into Intel® CoreT Microarchitecture processor technologies."

Continued Momentum for an Industry-Leading Desktop Virtualization Product
Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is a significant upgrade to the award-winning desktop virtualization product that already powers more than half a million Macs worldwide. Since its launch one year ago, Parallels Desktop for Mac has been recognized with MacWorld Magazine's "Editor's Choice" Award (the "Eddy"), PC World Magazine's "Innovation of the Year" Award, and was the first non-Apple product to ever win the MacWorld Magazine Reader's Choice Award. Parallels Desktop for Mac was also named "Best in Show" at the 2007 MacWorld Expo and in May 2007 was ranked #6 and a "Reader Favorite" on PC World Magazine's "100 Best Products of 2007" list.

Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is available for online purchase at www.parallels.com/en/buyonline, and boxed copies are available at the Apple Store, Fry's Electronics, MicroCenter, CompUSA, Amazon.com, Staples, Office Depot, select Best Buy locations, and hundreds of other retailers nationwide. The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is $79.99.  New users are welcome to test a free, fully-functional copy of Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac for 15 days.

Current Parallels Desktop users can upgrade their existing software to version 3.0 for only $49.99 - a $30 savings versus buying a new copy. Users can easily purchase the upgrade by clicking "Check for Updates" in the Parallels Help menu and following the on-screen prompts. Users can also purchase an upgrade at www.parallels.com/en/buyonline

Businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies should contact their Parallels Solutions Manager or authorized reseller to upgrade their organization's Parallels deployment. Volume pricing and site-license opportunities are also available for new customers by contacting the Parallels Sales Team at sales@parallels.com or 425-282-6400. Distribution of the upgrade will be managed by Parallels' exclusive U.S. distribution partner, Tech Data Corporation.

"Tech Data's AppleAdvantage Specialized Business Unit provides resellers with a wide range of support for Apple-centric solutions," said Brian Davis, Tech Data's vice president, Systems Product Marketing. "Our exclusive partnership with Parallels helps strengthen that support by enabling us to offer the latest virtualization solutions for Intel-based Macs. Our customers can now leverage Parallels for Desktop 3.0 for Mac to offer their end users versatile Mac solutions that make the most of OS X and Windows environments."
Published Saturday, June 09, 2007 10:08 PM by David Marshall
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