Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Gets Its First Update

Overall stability and performance issues addressed in the latest Parallels release

By on September 15th, 2011 11:01 GMT

The first incremental software update for Parallels Desktop 7 users has arrived with code corrections that address overall stability and performance issues, according to Parallels Inc.

Parallels 7, released earlier this month, is a paid upgrade. Existing customers can upgrade for $49.99 whereas VMware Fusion users can switch over to the rival team for just $29.99. A new license costs $79.99.

Among the key features delivered in Parallels 7 is the ability to run multiple copies of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server in virtual machines on a Mac.

Other enhancements include support for Lion’s Full-Screen Apps, Launchpad (complete with animations when opening Windows programs), Resume, and the ability to create Lion virtual machines using the recovery partition on Macs running OS X 10.7.

It’s a full 64-bit application that boosts its performance both in speed and in graphical output.

Parallels Desktop 7 also comes with a feature called “Windows on Demand”. As its name implies, it allows you to grab Microsoft’s OS off the Internet and have it installed in a virtual machine, much like Apple customers download and install OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.

Parallels Desktop for Mac version 7.0.14922.693916 “addresses overall stability and performance issues and includes the following fixes and improvements,” according to the developers.

· New interface languages, including Czech, Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional.
· Option to choose Mac OS X Snow Leopard-style full screen mode instead of native OS X Lion full screen mode.
· Better compatibility with FileVault.
· Improved compatibility with FaceTime HD camera and other USB devices for virtual machines with more than 2 GB of memory.
· Resolves a problem with Mac slow boot time.

Using the link below, Softpedia readers can download a trial version of Parallels Desktop 7, or they can proceed to the developer’s site to buy the software and enable all its features.

Download Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

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