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Parallels launches Desktop 7 for Mac, new mobile app

updated 03:15 am EDT, Thu September 1, 2011

90 new or enhanced features, speed boost

Parallels has announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, which provides significant speed boosts in many areas along with full Lion functionality -- allowing Windows applications to act more like native Mac apps utilizing Full Screen Mode, Launch Pad and Mission Control. The company also brought out a new Parallels Mobile app and My Parallels services platform for iOS devices. Parallels Desktop 7 is also the first to allow virtualization of Lion itself.

According to the company, the new version of Parallels is 60 percent faster than the previous version in resuming Windows, and up to 45 percent faster with 3D graphics in some applications. In comparison with its "closest competitor," version 7 is 120 percent faster at copying files within Windows and 40 percent faster when starting or resuming Windows.

The program now allows users to purchase Windows directly from within itself (in the U.S.) and includes support for both the iSight and FaceTime HD cameras within Windows programs that support cams. The software can now assist with moving files, programs and settings (including bookmarks) from Windows to Mac, and offers a new look and feel for increased usability (the company also sells a special "switch to Mac edition" of the program that includes a USB transfer cable and introductory Mac tutorial videos).

In addition, Parallel Desktop 7 offers support for 7.1 surround sound and an improved 5.1 sound driver. The new ability to connect remote to Parallels via the iOS apps allows users to run Flash-based programs or websites on their Mac and view it on their mobile device as well. The new mobile app lets users remotely access and control both Mac and Windows applications, even copying and pasting text between Windows programs on the Mac and the iOS devices. It is available now for $5 (for a limited time, normal prices $20) through the iTunes App Store. Current users of the mobile app will receive the upgrade free of charge.

Parallels Desktop 7 is available now from the company directly, Apple online and retail stores and other merchants nationwide. It sells for $80 with a student edition available for $40. The "Switch to Mac" edition is $100. Upgrades from previous versions will cost $50, and the same price is extended to VMWare Fusion customers cross-grading to Parallels.

Customers who bought Parallels Desktop 6 on or after August 1st qualify for a free upgrade. The program is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese -- with Chinese, Korean, Czech, Polish and Portuguese support coming soon.

by MacNN Staff



  1. PJL500

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $50- upgrade???

    That's steep for an app costing $80-. I'll wait till I definitely need it - hopefully never.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah, it's too much

    I was ready to upgrade straightaway for, say $30, but $50?? No thanks. I just bought the full version a few months ago. I'm all for people trying to earn their living, but there's "reasonable" and there's "greedy".

  1. facebook_Jean-Robert

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    Joined: Sep 2011



    I've just got rid of Windows from both of my Macs... Even if I needed Windows, that is a bit steep.
    I would love to run Tableau on my Mac...But I will wait.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    VirtualBox... a great, free alternative to Parallels. I run several virtual machines with a mix of Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, and Linux-based OSs, all of which run flawlessly.

    It may not hold your hands as much as Parallels, but you simply cannot beat the price!

  1. facebook_Bashar

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    Joined: Sep 2011



    i just bought it 3 month ago, what are they smoking

  1. occupant

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Parallels is awful.

    When Lion incompatibilities became apparent, I looked at upgrading my version of Parallels Desktop. Then I installed Virtualbox. It's embarrassing how much better Virtualbox runs. I can't believe I ever forked money over to Parallels - they've had unaddressed bugs for three version now. And their support is terrible. Never again.

  1. Steve in Seattle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still S L O W

    Speed improvement? Maybe, but it's still too slow to be usable, even on a one year old MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM. I've given up struggling with support requests to Parallels; I've done everything they've told me but it's still impossibly sluggish. I'm now using Bootcamp instead. One might argue that Bootcamp is inconvenient but at least it works for those occasional times I need to run a Window-only app.

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