Parallels releases Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2

Parallels today released Parallels Desktop for Mac beta 2 which features:

• USB 2.0 support – “Plug and play” popular USB devices like external hard drives, printers, and scanners, and use them at full native speed.
– Current Build 3094 doesn’t support isochronous devices such as web cameras, microphones, etc.

• Full-feature virtual CD/DVD drive – Burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD just like you would on a real PC

• Improved Coherence mode – The groundbreaking feature that lets you run Windows applications without seeing Windows just got better! Now you can:
– Place Windows applications on your Mac desktop or in your application dock. Just click to launch them directly from OS X!
– Use Command+tab to cycle through Windows and Mac applications simultaneously, and “hide and show” Windows applications just like you would with Mac applications
– View the Windows Command Console in Coherence mode
– Use Coherence in Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista!

• Better Boot Camp support – Using your Boot Camp partition in Parallels Desktop is now easier than ever. Beta2’s Boot Camp support includes:
– Full support for FAT32 and NTFS partitions
– Easy offline configuration. Simply tell Parallels Desktop that you want to create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp Partition and click start. No complicated set up required!
– No need to re-activate Windows each time you switch between Boot Camp and Parallels. Activate Windows only once inside Parallels and work in both environments

More info and download link here.

31 Comments

  1. The single greatest person ever… me.

    “The single greatest software development…for allowing use of the single worst, irony”

    – Close! Windows = Single worst OS, we’re not using parallels to use Windows, but to use Windows related software. And there is a *big* difference.

  2. WOW WOW WOW. Great work being done by these guys. Each one a stainless steel nail in the coffin…

    (Still glad I don’t have need for it though ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” /> )

  3. Doesn’t “Parallels” sound like an Apple name. Like Rosetta, Bonjour, sherlock, etc. This could very well be part of Leopard. Although I would have to bet against such an assertion. Whether Apple has anything to do with Parallels directly or not, it is a great piece of software. And what a fast development cycle these guys have. Wow.

    Criticism:

    In Beta 1 after installing Parallels tools for Boot Camp windows would boot is recovery mode. (This may be fixed in Beta 2.)

    The graphical transition between Windows full screen and the OS window is terrible. They made a valiant attempt with the animation, but the screen glitches and goes black and it takes a while for the resolution to adjust.

    Creating a virtual machine through Boot Camp didn’t work because Parallels said the HD was inaccessible. (May be fixed in Beta 2).

  4. Rob, I second your observation. A truely amazing product, and for the price – an incredible value. Gamers may still need to use BootCamp (and some high-end video pros), but for “the rest of us” – the Intel Mac + Parallels is a one-machine-does-it-all solution that can’t be beat.

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