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Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Released
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 7:08 AM EST
Posted by: Glenn

Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, a major update to their virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. According to the company, this version of the software introduces more than 70 new features and enhancements. Some of the highlights include:

  Full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7 through Windows WDDM driver, including Aero Flip 3D.

  Improved performance for Linux guest OS from KVM paravirtualization.

  Virtual machine size automatically optimized for best performance with Parallels Compressor.

  A more Mac-like experience in their Windows applications through Apple Trackpad Gestures technology (pinch, swipe, rotate and more), horizontal scrolling and the application of Full Screen active corners and curl page effect.

  Copy & Paste fidelity for formatted text and complete layouts including images, even between Windows and Linux guest OSs.

  The ability to use an Apple remote to control Windows applications.

  Freedom and flexibility to run Windows and Mac applications across multiple monitors

  Seven times better graphic performance for games and 3D applications than the previous version with Direct X 9Ex with Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support.

  Superior graphics performance for Linux guests through OpenGL 2.1 support.

  Full hardware resources can be utilized with support for 8 virtual CPUs, 64 bit Windows and Snow Leopard Server 64 bit.

  Easily move PCs (including Windows 7) and 3rd party virtual machines to the Mac with the enhanced Parallels Transporter.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is priced at $79.99. Current Parallels Desktop users can upgrade their existing software for $49.99.

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