Parallels Desktop virtualization for Apple Mac surpasses one million units sold

Parallels today announced that its Parallels Desktop for Mac has sold more than one million copies. The award-winning software is the first product ever to enable Mac users to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Apple computer.

Parallels Desktop for Mac’s success has quickly made Parallels the No. 1 company in desktop virtualization. Today, the software is available in 10 languages — Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Spanish.

“Parallels Desktop not only broke down the barrier between the Mac and PC worlds, it also broke down the barrier that kept desktop virtualization from becoming a mainstream technology for consumers and professional users” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, in the press release. “We will continue innovating to extend our position as the desktop virtualization leader and provide our users with the fastest, easiest and most seamless solution available.”

Since its launch in June 2006, Parallels Desktop for Mac has been recognized with more than 30 major industry awards, including: MacWorld Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” Award (the “Eddy”), PC World Magazine’s “Innovation of the Year” Award, “Best in Show” at the 2007 MacWorld Expo and at the 2007 London MacLiveExpo, BBC News “Best Tech,” and InfoWorld 2008 “Technology of the Year.”

“Parallels Desktop for Mac fundamentally shifted the Apple strategy from monolithic to multiplatform. It empowers Mac users with a new level of flexibility and gave them access to enterprise applications that were previously out of reach,” said Frank J. Bernhard, managing principal and technology economist with OMNI Consulting Group, in the press release. “The ability to operate business applications with complete transparency between the Windows and Mac platforms via Parallels Desktop is the coup that Macintosh users have been enjoying since the evolution of Intel architecture, and is one of the main catalysts behind enterprise Mac adoption.”

Currently, Parallels Desktop for Mac is in its third generation and is the world’s No. 1 selling Mac System Utility. The product has introduced a string of industry firsts and innovative features:

• SmartSelect is a Parallels-exclusive feature that allows users to open any file from Windows or OS X with any program from either operating system. This feature provides the most integrated experience possible.

• Coherence is a Parallels-first feature that enables users to run Windows applications just like they were native Mac applications. When a Windows application runs in Coherence, only the Windows application is visible, providing a completely seamless user experience. Windows applications can be launched from the Mac dock, and individual Windows applications windows work with OS X’s “Expose” feature.

• Parallels Transporter is a free migration tool, bundled with every copy of Parallels Desktop for Mac, that helps users migrate entire Windows or Linux PCs — including the operating system, settings and software applications — to Parallels virtual machines in minutes without losing data. This tool is key for those switching from PCs to a Mac.

• Parallels Desktop for Mac was also the first virtualization solution to offer support for DirectX and OpenGL 3D graphics.

A complete overview of features and functions is available here.

17 Comments

  1. I use Parallels for over a years now and never had any problems with it.

    I run Windows XP und SuSE Linux 10 and my usb printer, usb scanner, digicam, Palm Lifedrive etc. work just fine.

    I use Microsoft Access, Corel Draw Suite under windows XP and do my home banking and secured internet surfing under two different Linux VMs.

    Speed is marvelous, startup and shutdown a snap.

    I can only recomend ist!

  2. I’ve used both, and Fusion is definitely NOT a better product hands down by any stretch. Both clearly have their advantages and disadvantages, but in the end, they’re both pretty much comparable to each other. I’ve never understood all of the Fusion fanboyism that goes on, because Fusion and Parallels are basically the same thing when it comes right down to it.

  3. k, this press release is damn near lying in places.

    Parallels is an ok product as of v2.5 (at that point Fusion Beta was better so I switched to that, don’t know what improvements have been made in Parallels since then). It started it’s existance with mac on intel chips, and though it targets individuals instead of companies it’s not the first to sell to them.

    VMWare has been around for a long time, selling their product to individuals and IT departments alike. Their product is multi-platform (Windows, Linux or OSX can be the host OS) and their Fusion Beta had better stability then Parallels and lower host impact (running XP installed the same on both, Parallels 2.5 would cause the host OS to hang, sometimes as long as a minute, while XP booted and such, Fusion Beta never did, and overall performance seemed faster).

    Parallels has helped by getting VMWare to lower their prices (started out way-back-when at about $100 per license, then jumped to $300, now is $80, all because of the competition) and for that I like them, but I prefer to do my work on Fusion.

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