HERNDON, Va. — September 7th, 2006 — Parallels announced today that
it is making available the Update Release Candidate (RC) for
Parallels Desktop for Mac, the first solution that enables users to
run Windows and other operating systems at the same time as OS X on
any Intel-powered Mac, without re-booting.
The update RC, which is free for all Parallels Desktop users, adds
support the recently released quad-processor Mac Pro towers outfitted
with up to 3,5GB of RAM. With the addition of support for Mac Pro
towers, Parallels Desktop for Mac is now compatible with all
Intel-powered Apple computers, which in addition to the Mac Pro
includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini.
The update RC also offers full compatibility with the developer
builds of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard.” Leopard, which was
previewed in Steve Jobs’ keynote address at the 2006 Apple Worldwide
Developer Forum, is expected to be ship in Spring 2007.
“By adding support for Mac Pro towers and OS X ‘Leopard’, we’ve shown
once again that Parallels Desktop is not only a great productivity
tool for any Intel-Mac user, but also for Mac software developers who
need to work with Apple’s next-generation OS.” said Benjamin Rudolph,
Marketing Manager, Parallels. “Now, anyone using a Mac Pro, Mac Mini,
MacBook, MacBook Pro or iMac can run any version of Windows alongside
any Intel-compatible version of OS X, including 10.4 ‘Tiger’ or the
upcoming 10.5 ‘Leopard’.”
In addition, the Parallels Desktop for Mac update release candidate
includes experimental guest OS support for the beta builds of Windows
Vista, the next-generation of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
Vista is due to be generally available in 2007.
The Update RC also offers number of other important
performance-enhancing upgrades, including:
* Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
* An improved Parallels Tools package
* Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
* G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines
For more information about new features and improvements, please
Users can download the update of Parallels Desktop at
Parallels Desktop users should note that upgrading will not require a
re-install of any guest operating systems or their applications.
Users should also re-install Parallels Tools after upgrading to the
update release candidate.
The final release of the update is expected in the next few weeks.
Users who have Parallels Desktop auto-update enabled will receive the
final update automatically. Users who do not have auto-update enabled
will be able to manually download the update by clicking “Check for
Updates” in the “Help” tab of the Parallels menu bar.
New users can download a free 15-day trial version of Parallels
Desktop at (http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/). Full
versions of the product can be purchased at
(http://www.parallels.com/en/buyonline), or in any Apple Store,
Staples, Office Depot, Micro Center, Fry’s Electronics, or CompUSA
location. The Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for Parallels Desktop is
Parallels is a server and workstation virtualization solutions
company committed to building powerful, user-friendly, cost-effective
products that can be used by any Windows, Linux or Mac user to
improve efficiency, lower hardware costs, and reduce operating
expenses. The company’s products all feature hypervisor technology
for strong, stable virtual machines, and an intuitive web-like
interface that facilitates quick set-up and usage. Additionally,
every Parallels solution fully supports Intel Virtualization
Technology, which is optimized to provide superior virtual machine
performance. The company is rapidly growing and employs a global team
of experienced technical and business professionals. For more
information, please visit www.parallels.com.