Parallels Upgrades Mac Virtualization Software - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software

Parallels Upgrades Mac Virtualization Software

Version 5 of Parallels Desktop is 300% faster, improves graphic performance, and adds 70 features.

Parallels on Wednesday released an upgrade of its virtualization software for running Windows and Linux alongside Mac OS X in Intel-based Macs, claiming the new version is three times faster than its predecessor.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac has more than 70 new features, including the choice of running Windows in full-screen mode, over the Mac user interface, or in the new Crystal view that provides access to Windows and Mac apps from the Mac dock.

Along with the increased flexibility in using Desktop, Parallels is marketing the overall performance boost in the upgrade. The vendor claims Desktop 5 is up to 300% faster overall than Desktop 4 and offers seven times better graphic performance for games and 3-D applications.

Other enhancements in Desktop 5 include full support for Aero in Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the ability to run Windows and Mac applications across multiple monitors. In addition, the software supports eight virtual CPUs, 64-bit Windows, and Snow Leopard Server.

Desktop 5 is available for $80, or $50 as an upgrade from Desktop 4. Parallels is offering a free trial of the new product.

Parallels significantly improved performance and stability of Desktop in version 4, after users complained its predecessor was slow and buggy. The poor performance of Version 3 gave a boost to Parallels rival VMware Fusion.

VMware last month launched Fusion 3, which also costs $80, but only $40 for an upgrade. The upgrade includes 50 new features and improvements, according to the vendor. Like Parallels' latest upgrade, Fusion 3 provides a full Windows 7 experience, including support for the Aero interface and Flip 3-D task switching.


InformationWeek Analytics has published a guide to the business realities of virtualization. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Commentary
If DevOps Is So Awesome, Why Is Your Initiative Failing?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  12/2/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll