Parallels releases Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate 3

Parallels has released Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate 3 (Build 3170).

New features and enhancements introduced in Release Candidate 3 include:

• Windows XP to Windows Vista upgrade support
• USB 2.0 support – “Plug and play” popular USB devices like external hard drives, printers, scanners and web cameras including iSight at full native speed
• Full-feature virtual CD/DVD drive – Burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD
• Coherence improvements
• Improved Boot Camp support
• For advanced users: configurating the layout of Boot Camp partitions by manual editing of Virtual Machine’s .pvs configuration file
• Transporter RC3 bundled – migrate your real Windows PC, or existing VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels virtual machines
• Keyboard remapping configuration
• New Look and Feel – completely redesigned windows and easier to follow dialogues to make Desktop for Mac more user-friendly than ever
• True “Drag and Drop” functionality – a long awaited feature that lets you seamlessly drag and drop files and folders from Windows to Mac OS X and vice versa. Parallels Desktop now shares the entire Mac file structure between OS X and Windows – no more worrying about which copy of the file is the most recently updated

More info and download link here.

37 Comments

  1. “Parallels Desktop now shares the entire Mac file structure between OS X and Windows”

    Does this mean that if the Windows OS gets infected and starts to wipe out my Windows partition or files, my OSX partition and files will be wiped out or infected as well? If that’s the case, then Parallels sucks now. I liked the isolation of OS’s of the previous builds.

  2. “NOTE! The activation keys for local versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac do not work with our current RC3 build of Parallels Desktop for Mac. This regards to UK, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Polish and Japanese versions. If you’re using any of those local Parallels products and want to try and evaluate our great features such as Coherence, USB 2.0 support, Transporter, and other, please order the 15-day trial activation key below.”

  3. “Does this mean that if the Windows OS gets infected and starts to wipe out my Windows partition or files, my OSX partition and files will be wiped out or infected as well? If that’s the case, then Parallels sucks now. I liked the isolation of OS’s of the previous builds.”

    Quit being paranoid and RTFM. If you did, you’d see that the sharing of the file structure is something that you can limit if you choose to.

    Parallels is the best developed software I’ve seen in many, many years. It’s incredible how far it’s come along in less than a year.

  4. Macaroni …
    NEW! Global sharing is disabled by default. The enabling promt pops up on first “Drag and Drop” attempt.

    so that means no you cant get infected. .. This was enabled by default which meant the Windows system had full access to your whole OSX drive. Not a good idea but as it says now it have been DISABLED.. where u got the idea this version had it enabled I dont know but if you check the link from the above article youll see what I copied and pasted. Not that you can get a windows virus on the Mac but some kind person chould of taken advantage maybe but that door is closed now.
    Hope that clarifies thing for you and others

  5. I predict the following events:

    – Microsoft will buy Parallels, MS will sell Parallels with Vista bundled versions
    – Apple will introduce a version of Darwine in Leopard (run Windows apps without Windows) Apple will host a list of tested compatible Windows applications.
    Microsoft soon kills off Parallels
    – Dell’s stock will continue to plummet and they will seek bankruptcy protection
    – Apple and IBM secretly join forces to retool Enterprise size businesses with the added help of Google all working together using Linux, Mac OS X and open standards.
    – Microsoft gets wind of this and kills off Office for Mac but nobody really cares.
    – Microsoft stock plummets. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates leave Microsoft.
    – Seeing that Apple has now reached the stars and is on a winning track for the future, Steve Jobs steps down and appoints his successor apprentice (unknown). Steve still remains on Apple’s board.

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