“Competition between virtualization software developers is about to kick into overdrive thanks to the ongoing development Parallels Desktop 4, which people familiar with the update say will significantly expand hardware and software support as well as deliver a redesigned interface,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.
“Those aware of the changes say the new release will be Parallels’ first to make good on promise made in early January that it would enable virtualization of Mac OS X Server on Macs already running the operating system, making use of a change in licensing terms with Leopard’s release late last year that permits more than one copy to run at the same time,” Malley reports.
“The move is just one of the steps Parallels is taking to keep up with and potentially outrun rival VMware, which unleashed ‘experimental’ support for virtualization of OS X Server earlier this week as part of its Fusion 2.0 virtualization product,” Malley reports. “The new Parallels 4.0 is also expected to add long-awaited support for assigning two CPU cores and up to 8GB of RAM to one virtual machine. Support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2 graphics is also present in early betas of the software.”
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