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Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2 released

updated 02:25 pm EST, Thu December 21, 2006

Parallels Desktop beta 2

Parallels today released Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2, enhancing the virtualization software by offering support for USB 2.0 devices such as external hard drives, printers, and scanners at full native speeds. The company notes, however, that 'isynchronous' devices such as Bluetooth accessories, webcams, and other items do not yet work with USB 2.0. The new beta includes a full-featured virtual CD/DVD drive to burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, allowing users to play any copy-protected CD or DVD. An improved 'Coherence' mode also enables users to place Windows applications on the Mac desktop or in the application dock. Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2 supports the command+tab keystroke combination to cycle through Windows and Mac applications simultaneously, with the ability to 'hide and show' Windows applications transparently alongside Mac software.

The latest Parallels Desktop beta uses Coherence in both Windows XP as well as Windows Vista, and offers better support for using Boot Camp partitions with full support for both FAT32 and NTFS partitions. Easy offline configuration enables users to create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp partition with no complicated setup, according to the company. Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2 does not require users to re-activate Windows each time they switch between Boot camp and Parallels, as windows activation occurs only once.

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  1. Nick Starr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Parallels servers are slow right now. I have setup a mirror located here:

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...sorry I would never download something from anyone other then the original source unless it could be verified with an MD5 and SHA1 hash.

    ...even then... Did they give you permission to distribute their product? You are of course bypassing their website, etc. by providing a link to the disk image.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thanks NickStarr, for being proactive and forward-thinking, and helpful.

    Thanks, Shawnce, for nothing.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get real

    Its quite possible that NickStarr is doing a good deed, but Shawnce is right to be wary.

    There are a LOAD of viruii, spyware and trojans out there and its not a good idea to download and install software that you cant vouch for.

    I will take the slow download from the official server as well.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's "virii", not "viruii". Still, "viruses" is more commonly used.

    And while I trust the Mac community enough to appreciate the help Nick Starr is providing, it's just common sense not to download and open any software from unknown sources. Though this much more valid for Windows users... I have yet to come across a "real" OS X virus.

  1. mactropolis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why u ppl making a big deal about nothin?! Someone just download the official and download NickStarr's and verify the MD5's are identical...then the rest of us would beable to avoid the very slow official site speeds....

    Scaring everyone for no reason....Virus my a$$

  1. boazh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    nick starr! don't listen to anyone's c***...

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