Parallels releases first virtualization solution for Intel-powered Apple Intel-based Macs

Parallels announced today that it is beginning beta testing for Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X, the first virtualization software that gives Apple users the ability to simultaneously run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their applications alongside Mac OS X on an Intel-powered Apple computer. Virtualization software enables users to run multiple operating systems, like Linux or Windows, in isolated “virtual machines” directly on a Mac OS X desktop, giving users the ability to run programs that are only available on those operating systems, without having to give up the usability and functionality of their Mac OS X machine .

Each virtual machine operates exactly like a stand-alone computer and contains its virtual hardware, including RAM, hard disk, processor, I/O ports, and CD/DVD-drives. New and existing Parallels users are welcome to download and evaluate a free, fully-functional 30-day trial of Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X at:

Beta users can submit comments, suggestions and feedback by visiting or by sending an email to

“Parallels Workstation for MacOS X gives Mac users a viable virtualization solution that will let them embrace widely-used operating systems like Windows and Linux without having to give up the power, usability and familiarity of their Macintosh,” said Benjamin Rudolph, Parallels Marketing Manager in the press release. “This release underscores our commitment to building solutions that anyone, regardless of budget, technology savvy, or operating system can use to improve productivity and platform flexibility.”

The solution takes advantage of Apple’s inclusion of Intel Core Duo architected chips into all new Macintosh computer models. Because the Intel Core Duo chipset is x86-compatible, the Parallels virtualization engine can easily virtualize the hardware, thus enabling Macintosh users to build virtual machines running nearly any x86-compatible OS, including Windows 3.1-XP/2003, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, and MS-DOS.

Parallels’ full support of Intel Virtualization Technology, which is included in most new Core Duo chipset, ensures that virtual machine performance is close to near-native and that each virtual machine is stable and completely isolated from other virtual machines and the host physical machine.

The GA (general availability) release of the product is expected in the next several weeks. Apple users should be aware that the Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X works with any Intel-powered Apple computer running Mac OS 10.4.4 or higher. The product is not compatible with PowerPC-powered Apple computers.

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  1. If ever there was an example of being a “day late and a dollar short” this is it.

    Why go with a virtual machine when you can go real.

    I just loaded xp onto my new imac intel dual core, (my business uses proprietary software that only runs on windows-ugh!).. and I have to admit. Mossberg is right. It’s amazingly fast.

    For those of us who have to use windows, at least now we can run it on a quality machine.

    MDN word is “forward”… as in this is the most forward thinking move Apple has ever made. Cuts the legs right out of under dell and gateway

  2. Jim: I see it the other way. If the Parallels software works, why would I want to dual boot if I don’t have to? Also, the Parallels product speaks better to the Linux crowd I would think than Boot Camp does. We Mac users now get it all.

    MW” “support” Seriously, how does it know?

  3. Why go virtualization? Because 99% of what I want to do is in Mac OS X. 1% (for work) is in Windows. I don’t need to play Windows games, so I just need a virtual Windows on my Mac OS X desktop to run two applications for work that I need. Once I am done with work, I can just shut down that VM and continue in OS X. Plus I can use all my OS X tools and apps WHILE I’m using Windows. I like that solution better than booting back and forth.

  4. Virtualization is important for many reasons – the main one I need is to drag and drop between the host OS and the virtual OS – like I do within OS X and Virtual PC now. If I could have high-speed access to Windows Apps within OS X, I would never need to run real Windows – I wish someone would create a product based on Windows Embedded that was a virtual machine on OS X that gave me only those services I needed within Windows so most of the nasty Virii wouldn’t be able to infect the machines.

    MW – friends – as in ‘can’t we all just be friends, buy Macs and run whatever OS that is best for the purpose?’

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