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Friday, March 02, 2007

Parallels for Mac OS X Finally out of Beta

Parallels Desktop, the top-notch OS X application that lets users run virtualized operating systems, has reached a final non-beta version. Current Parallels users that have already purchased Desktop won’t have to pay for the update and will enjoy many new features, such as a stable coherence mode and the ability to run an OS installed on a Boot Camp partition.

Here’s the complete feature set from Parallels:

  • New! Installation Assistant built-in tool included.
  • New! Shared Networking
  • Works on ANY Intel-Mac with ANY memory configuration with no system modification. This includes Mac Pro towers with up to 16GB of RAM, and the full line of Core 2 Duo iMacs
  • New! Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
  • New! Support for Windows Vista
  • 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
  • Better video output improvement and acceleration
  • Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
  • Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
  • Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
  • Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
  • Image Tool fixes
  • Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
  • Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
  • Shared Folders first time access acceleration
  • Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
  • Sound playback and recording improvement
Unfortunately, Parallels Desktop doesn’t have much in the way of 3D acceleration yet. If you’ve been holding out for a stable release, now’s the time to check it out. It goes for $79.99.