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Parallels releases free feature update

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Tue September 11, 2007

Free Parallels update

Parallels today released a free feature update for its Parallels Desktop 3.0 software, which allows Mac OS X users to install Microsoft Windows XP or Vista and run Windows-based software right alongside Mac applications on the Mac OS X desktop. The update makes Coherence windows -- Mac OS X windows that contain running Microsoft Windows software -- work exactly like Mac windows, and includes full support for Apple's Expose technology. A new "Mirrored Desktops, Documents and Media" feature makes Windows "My Documents," "My Pictures," and "My Music" folders point to the same location as Apple's "Documents," "Pictures," "Movies," and "Music" folders so that changes in one folder automatically affect the other. The latest release of Parallels Desktop boasts improved performance under heavy workloads, as well as more efficient resource management -- especially related to CPU-intensive tasks. Parallels Desktop is priced at $80 for new users, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Improved Parallels Explorer

Parallels Explorer, which enables users to view and modify the contents of their virtual machine (VM) hard disk while the VM is off, now recognizes suspended VMs. Users can also choose to automatically mount a VM hard drive to the Mac OS X desktop as a drive that is readable and writable even when the VM is off. The update enables users to access files inside VMs at any time, without opening Explorer.

by MacNN Staff




  1. stirrell

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So far, so good

    I've installed the update on my machine and it is running well. I really like having the windows act like Mac windows. Very nice. It also seems a little snappier but I haven't used it extensively yet.

  1. Stringman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows mouse gone...

    After installing the update, the default Windows mouse is gone in XP, and the Mac mouse is showing up instead. The problem here is that the pointer is innacurate. The tip of the pointer doesnt actually select anything, but the bottom right edge of the Mac pointer seems to be the hotspot within XP. Very strange behavior. I'd wait before installing.

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