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Parallels Desktop for Mac

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It's nothing new that Intel-powered Macs have been running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for some time using Apple's Boot Camp. But one of the best utilities on the market for switching between operating systems lets you switch without a reboot.

Parallels Desktop allows you to switch seamlessly between operating systems without the need to reboot your Mac. Even better, regardless of which system you're running at the time, when you open a file type that's for another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes the file type and makes the switch for you. Added support for 3D graphics allows Mac users the ability to play Windows games using the full power of your Mac's video card.

Parallels Desktop helps keep your virtual environments safe through the use of Snapshots. The feature lets you to take a snapshot of your Windows system (for example) when its in a healthy state so if you encounter any viruses or spyware while surfing, you can essentially rewind to your previously saved snapshot. This is extremely helpful for testing beta software and makes sure you have an option when dangerous trojans or spyware infect your virtual system.

Recent versions of Parallels Desktop have included several new enhancements that are all useful for those who work in multiple virtual environments. Spotlight integration now lets you search for Windows programs faster; 3D graphics enhancements make your favorite PC games run better on your Mac with DirectX support; and you can even manage Windows apps through Mac OS features like Spaces and Expose.

Overall, Parallels Desktop offers a seamless experience for switching between virtual OS machines and a number of extras that let you take full advantage of Windows apps you need or are used to working with in your particular work environment. Though there are more inexpensive options, Parallels has a tool set that puts it above other offerings.

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1 stars

"crashes, slow not ready for prime time and never will"

August 27, 2011  |  By Pop Tart

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.12094


I guess you can run windows sort of??


NO customer support


save your money

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"Parallels will crash beware! Backup your Windows!!"

August 25, 2011  |  By Gumballman

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.12094


Ease of switching back and forth from MAC to Windows


Unstable on the MAC system and tends to crash your VM OS easily. Also slows the MAC sys down.


I used to be a big supporter of Parallels. I was first out of the gate to buy it and started with version 3. While using Version 3 my OS crashed within the VM environment about 3-4 times. of course they have support FAQs to get you back up. I then upgraded my MAC to Snow Leopard and it crippled Parallels. Version 3 will not run on MACS Snow Leopard. So I had to purchase version 6 (80.00) so I could get back online again. I had to reinstall my XP OS again. Now since I have had Version 6 my system has crashed within the VM environment for about the 3rd time now. Guess what... It's still down and will stay that way until I find a better software. I may try out VM Ware.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0.12094
  • Resolve issues with shared Windows applications when running virtual machines in Crystal mode on Mac OS X Lion.
  • Improve compatibility with Launchpad introduced in Mac OS X Lion.
  • Resolve other compatibility issues revealed while testing Parallels Desktop on Mac OSX Lion.
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site http://www.parallels.com
Release Date August 25, 2011
Date Added August 25, 2011
Version 6.0.12094
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 289.32MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-11.0.0-31193.dmg
Total Downloads 149,333
Downloads Last Week 143
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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