Parallels Desktop for Mac goes Release Candidate

Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate for Mac is noy simply a “dual-boot” solution; rather, it provides the ability to use Windows, Linux and any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X, enabling users to enjoy the comfort of their Mac OS X desktop while still being able to use critical applications from other OSes.

Parallels Desktop Release Candidate for Mac offers users a number of important features, including:
• Broad OS Support: Use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X.
• Great Performance: Driven by full support for dual-core processors and Intel Virtualization Technology (included in almost every new Intel-powered Mac), virtual machines created using Parallels Desktop Release Candidate for Mac offer near-native performance and rock-solid stability.
• Unmatched Ease of Use:Download the program and install it with a single click. Build a virtual machine in seconds using helpful wizards. Configure virtual machines using a simple web-inspired interface.
• Works on any Intel-powered Mac: Any Intel Powered Macintosh running OS X 10.4.4 or higher is compatible with Parallels Desktop.

New in Workstation for Mac RC:
– New look and feel
– Improved performance and stability
– Better and broader USB support
– Improved Shared Folder tool
– Better networking in virtual machines
– Better sound support
– Improved fullscreen mode
– Resolved Suspend/Resume issues
– Uninstaller introduced
– National keyboards mapping issues have been fixed
– Red “Power Off” button now always acts like Power Off
– Blue “Pause” button now always acts like Suspend
– The “Pause” button was moved to the VM menu

More info and download link here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Barry” for the heads up.]

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22 Comments

  1. This program from all I have read looks to be incredible.

    If it really runs at 95% of native speed, that would be incredible.

    And the next version I am sure will be even faster, more compatible, and support gaming.

    This is a huge asset for the Apple camp.

  2. Boot Camp sounds more promising for those
    i)Gamers ii) runs a lot heavy peecee applications.

    Parallels for those i) who want to run some simple applications occasionaly ii) try & experience different OSes iii) easy access.

    My choice? Tiger. 2nd Os choise Tiger. Games? Games consoles.

  3. I think Parallels software is really neat, I can’t wait to use it on a Intel based Quad Tower Mac with BlueRay DVD drive.

    According to some you must be pathological not to use, like or recommend the Windows products everyone uses

  4. Oh, and don’t forget about resolution independence. Icons in Leopard will be 512K not 128K. This means that regardless of monitor size or resolution, your app icons, web graphics, etc. will always be the same. Ssshhh…

  5. Also icons in the Dock will be animated, like they are “alive” when one mouses over them. Ssssshhhh….

    According to sjk you must be pathological not to use, like or recommend the cloning software he thinks everyone uses.

  6. I’ve had no problems with the Parallels RC whatsoever. I’ve been using Parallels since Beta 2 and it has improved tremendously over that time. It’s definitely just about ready for primetime now. For $39.99 it can’t be beat.

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