Parallels update adds USB 2.0, true drag and drop

Parallels Desktop for Mac, the popular virtualization application that lets Mac users run Windows, Linux and other operating systems within Mac OS X, shipped a new version with enhanced support for USB 2.0 and improved drag and drop abilities. The new version, Parallels Desktop for Mac Update RC, won a “Best of Show” award at Macworld Expo.

The USB 2.0 support features faster support for a broader range of devices, including Palm PDAs and most webcams, peripheral devices to communicate with the computer at native speeds.

The release also adds true drag and drop support. Users can now drag files from OS X into the Windows environment, edit them, and save them directly to the Mac without creating a separate, independent copy in the Windows virtual machine.

Other new features include CD and DVD burning in virtual machines, a new “Transporter” feature that enables entire Windows machines, as well as Virtual PC and VMware Workstation virtual machine images to be migrated to a Parallels virtual machine running on the Mac, without having to reinstall the operating system or any applications. Enhanced BootCamp support includes full support for FAT32 and NTFS partitions and simplified offline configuration that allows users to create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp Partition with one click.

Furthermore, Windows no longer needs to be re-activated when switching between Boot Camp and Parallels. The new version allows users to activate Windows only once inside Parallels and work in both environments.

A full list of new features is available on Parallels Web site, and Parallels is demonstrating the Update RC during Macworld Expo at booth #1643

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