June 7, 2007 4:43 PM PDT

Parallels updates Windows-on-Mac software

Parallels on Thursday released an updated version of its Parallels Desktop software, which enables users of Intel-based Macs to run Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously.

The software has gained quite a following since the release of its first version last June, quickly finding its way into retail stores and even getting a plug on Apple's Web site.

Version 3.0 of the software adds a number of new features, including SmartSelect, which lets Mac users choose which program opens a particular file type, regardless of whether it is stored in the Mac or Windows desktop. Other features include support for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, support for Vista Boot Camp partitions and a new file explorer that enables people to view and change the contents of their Windows virtual hard drive without launching Windows.

Images: Windows on Mac moves forward

Unlike a February update, which was free to existing Parallels customers, current users will have to pay $49.99 for the new version. The full list price of the software is $79.99.

Parallels is about to get more competition, however. Virtualization specialist VMware, which has been testing its own Fusion product for the Mac, plans to release a fourth beta on Friday, with a goal of releasing the product later this summer.

The new version of Parallels software is available for download and in trial form from the company's Web site, with retail stores expected to have the new versions on shelves in about two weeks.

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too bad
Poor Windows users.. so limited in what software they can run.
It's nice not to be OS limited.
Posted by Jesus#2 (127 comments )
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Yeah to bad
Windows users just boot and use their OS....they dont go out of their way to run Windows from inside another OS.

From, boot camp to this software....Mac users go to alot of trouble to run Windows OS and applications. Save you self a TON of money and just run Windows.

Funny how there is no major crave for Windows users to run OS X in a VM. No they just run more copies of Windows in VMware.
Posted by Lindy01 (443 comments )
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Irony
The irony here is that Apple is giving more thought to being compatible with Windows and other non-Apple OSes now than it is to old versions of Mac OS.

If I have old software that runs on Mac OS 9 and Windows 2000 I can't get it to run on an Intel Mac unless I install a Windows XP boot partition and install it there. Heck if I had an OS 8/Win98 software package I could run it on the XP boot.

It's an unusual market stance to cut yourself off from your own past while pursuing compatibility with your direct competition. I think Rapier1 implied it best in another post: Apple seems to see themselves as a hardware company first
Posted by Fireweaver (105 comments )
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Major catalyst for Mac sales
The combination of new iMacs and the upcoming release of
Leopard has some analysts believing that Apple might disclose
so-called "secret features" in the operating system such as the
ability to run the Macintosh and Windows operating systems at
the same time without having to reboot the Mac.

"This would serve as a major catalyst for Mac sales," said Shaw
Wu, who covers Apple for American Technology Research. Wu
believes the main reason Leopard was delayed until October was
in order for Apple to give its developers more time to test out
the dual operating system abilities and other features.
Posted by originalbitman (16 comments )
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you've been sucked into the
reality distortion field dude.

Seriously, the idea of running 2 OS's on the same hardware at the same time is so fundamentally flawed that I'm not going to pick it apart (think security and attack surface, performance, isolation, resource sharing).

I suspect you are actually Shaw Wu and just trying to get your silly idea out there.

Oh, and if a company spends a whole bunch of time, money and resources developing a feature, they don't keep it a secret.
Posted by Nizzuts (35 comments )
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Just another 12 to 18 months
and the Mac might get to 6% marketshare. It's soooo exciting.
Posted by regulator1956 (577 comments )
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The market Share argument is really old, and faulty
What does market share have to do with quality?

Mercedes, BMW, Lotus, Ferrarri all have miniscule market share.

Get it? Market share, and size, are not the priority. Quality is.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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3D support not fully there
I have upgraded to 3.0 and tried the 3D support with Dungeon Runners. It just does not work acceptably. Performance is a few frames per second and the textures are completely messed up. 3.0 looks like it needs a few more hours in the oven...
Posted by mweingar (55 comments )
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Finally...
...somebody posting a worthy comment about the article instead of just ranting and slamming.

Thanks for your feedback mweingar; appreciate it.
Posted by shulay61 (1 comment )
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TWO computers for the Price of one!
And we all know how "cheapest", not _value_, is the factor for
some, but not all, of the WinTel bigots.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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What a ripoff?
Ok, I have to admit the parallels works but I just pay 80 dollars for it and now I have to pay another 50?? What a ripoff. So far I have not been able to run Ubuntu. Anyone knows if it runs on the new version???
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