Parallels Desktop update expands Leopard, Vista support

Parallels on Wednesday updated Parallels Desktop for Mac, which enables Intel-based Macs to run x86-compatible operating systems like Windows alongside Mac OS X, without having to reboot. The “official” update replaces beta updates that were previously made available.

The update corrects several issues with earlier releases of Parallels Desktop for Mac, such as support for any memory configuration, without system modification — including Mac Pros with up to 16GB RAM and the full line of Core 2 Duo-based iMacs.

Support is now offered for Microsoft Vista as a guest operating system, and support has been added for Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” as a primary operating system.

Better USB peripheral support is now offered, including support for isochronous devices and devices that operate Windows Mobile 5.

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