Parallels has announced the launch of testing for the Update Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of Parallels Desktop for Mac that gives Apple users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X.
The Update RC2 includes support for the recently released quad-processor Mac Pro towers and 64-bit iMacs.
• No RAM limitations
• No hardware reconfigurations while using Windows and it’s critical applications on new 64-bit Mac Pro towers and iMacs.
Other improvements & fixes that make Parallels Desktop even easier to use:
• New: Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
• New: Experimental support for Windows Vista
• Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
• An improved Parallels Tools package
• Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
• G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines
• Better video output improvement and acceleration
• Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
• Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
• Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
• Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
• Image Tool fixes
• Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
• Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
• Shared Folders first time access acceleration
• Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
• Sound playback and recording improvement
• “Unable to allocate virtual memory” during virtual machine power on fix
Update RC2 of Parallels Desktop for Mac is free for all existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users. If you’re new to Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can start using improved Parallels Desktop for Mac by downloading and installing the RC2 on a “clean” machine. A free 15-day trial is available.
More info and download link here.