“Parallels on Wednesday released Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, a new version of its virtualization software that allows Intel-based Macs to run Windows and Linux alongside Mac OS X,” Jim Dalrymple reports for CNET.
“According to Parallels, the new version of its software is up to 300 percent faster than the previous version, Parallels Desktop 4. The company also hired Crimson Consulting Group to do performance testing on Parallels 5 and said it was 22 percent faster than its nearest virtualization competitor [think VMWare Fusion] when running Windows 7 64-bit on a MacBook Pro,” Dalrymple reports.
“Speaking with CNET, Parallels CEO Serguei Beloussov said company had three main goals when making Parallels 5 for Mac: make it faster; make it smarter and easier; and make it more powerful,” Dalrymple reports. “Parallels 5 also adds a new viewing mode called Crystal, which is similar to Coherence, where Windows completely disappears from your desktop.”
MacDailyNews Take: They ought to call it “Heaven.”
Dalrymple continues, “‘Parallels is faster than Boot Camp,’ Beloussov said. ‘Most slow downs with Windows is not because of computational problems, it’s handling drivers. We offer optimized virtualized hardware and drivers, making it faster.'”
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