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Parallels adds tools, tutorials in Switch to Mac Ed.

updated 03:00 am EDT, Tue August 25, 2009

Parallels 'Switch to Mac'

Hoping to capitalize on growing numbers of Windows users moving to the Mac, Parallels has combined its virtual machine software with Mac OS X tutorials and migration tools. Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition allows users to run their favorite Windows applications while gradually learning how the Mac works.

The package includes a USB cable and Enhanced Parallels Transporter software to provide step-by-step instructions for transferring files from a Windows machine to a Mac. The company says it hopes to address one of the biggest obstacles preventing Windows users from switching -- the fear of losing data and favorite applications. The included Parallels 4.0 virtualization software answers the latter concern by allowing the continued use of Windows software on a Mac.

Two hours of on-demand Flash-based tutorials compare the most common interface controls on a Windows machine to those on a Mac. Interactive features let users try out the various features with feedback from the tutorials.

Parallels Desktop 4.0 Switch to Mac Edition requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5 and above. The company's website says at this point, support for the upcoming release of Snow Leopard is "experimental." The Migration tools work with Windows XP SP2, and Vista. The software is available beginning today Apple stores, at Apple.com and other retailers for $100.






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  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Watch out...

    Recommend VIRTUALBOX (Free) or VMWARE (Payed)!
    REASON: I am been a user of Parallels and have been very happy until some weeks ago. Parallels is good for an only Home Windows Virtualization and play some games with DirectX9. But thats it!!! If you want to get deeper with home virtualization, do some lab tests, run Unix and Linux machines in your Apple for study, then just forget Parallels because it sucks in support and compatibility.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Sandboxing the VM

    They should make it easier for users to sandbox the virtual machine. The way that Parallels tries to integrate a Windows virtual machine to be part of the Mac OS X really sucks. The worst part of it all is how difficult it is to turn all that off. Imagine right-clicking a files in OS X and a whole bunch of Windows apps show up in the "Open with" option. Well, that's exactly what Parallels will do...

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Fusion

    I agree with IxOSX..
    VMWARE fusion is very configurable, fast and good. I run SuSE, Ubuntu, 2000, XP and Vista on it with no problem. I tried using virtualbox, but it kept crashing. Maybe it's better now.

  1. Leto_Parallels

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Thanks and Supported OS

    Dave from Parallels here.

    Thanks for the post. We're hoping we can help push a few people over the hump in choosing Mac hardware. We'll see. Next up: My mom. :)

    Responding to some of the comments here, just wanted to point out that Parallels supports a number of Operating systems. Obviously MacTech cleared up that Parallels is the clear winner in speed and stability on XP and Vista (http://macte.ch/vmbench09); but we also support these other fabulous operating systems (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/sr/):

    Guest OS
    (32-bit) 
    Linux:
    •CentOS
    •SUSE
    •OpenSUSE
    •Red Hat
    •Red Hat Enterprise
    •Debian
    •Fedora Core
    •Mandriva
    •Ubuntu
    •Xandros
    Other:
    •FreeBSD 7.0 & 6.2
    •OS/2 Warp 4.5
    •eComStation 1.2
    •Solaris 10 & 9
    •MS-DOS 6.22
    •OpenBSD 3.8

    Guest OS
    (64-bit) Mac:
    Linux:
    •Red Hat Enterprise
    •CentOS
    •Fedora
    •SUSE Enterprise Server
    •OpenSUSE
    •Ubuntu
    •Mandriva
    Other:
    •Solaris
    •FreeBSD 3.8

  1. Leto_Parallels

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Thanks and Supported OS

    Dave from Parallels here.Thanks for the post. We\'re hoping we can help push a few people over the hump in choosing Mac hardware. We\'ll see. Next up: My mom. :)Responding to some of the comments here, just wanted to point out that Parallels supports a number of Operating systems. Obviously MacTech cleared up that Parallels is the clear winner in speed and stability on XP and Vista (http://macte.ch/vmbench09); but we also support these other fabulous operating systems (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/sr/):

    Guest OS(32-bit)
    Linux:
    -CentOS
    -SUSE
    -OpenSUSE
    -Red Hat
    -Red Hat Enterprise
    -Debian
    -Fedora Core
    -Mandriva
    -Ubuntu
    -Xandros

    Other:
    -FreeBSD 7.0 & 6.2
    -OS/2 Warp 4.5
    -eComStation 1.2
    -Solaris 10 & 9
    -MS-DOS 6.22
    -OpenBSD 3.8

    Guest OS(64-bit)
    Linux:
    -Red Hat Enterprise
    -CentOS
    -Fedora
    -SUSE Enterprise Server
    -OpenSUSE
    -Ubuntu
    -Mandriva

    Other:
    -Solaris
    -FreeBSD 3.8

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: Sandoboxing

    VMWare does the same thing to my machine. They're trying to be 'helpful'.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: LouZer

    To turn it off in VMware, just go to Settings/Sharing and uncheck "Allow your Mac to open applications in the virtual machine"and "Allow the virtual machine to open applications on the Mac" and you are done.

    Try doing that in Parallels.

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