On Thursday, Parallels announced the latest version of its virtualization software, Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac. The software allows Mac users to run Windows within Mac OS X. The company says that Parallels Desktop 6 has over 80 new features and improvements.
Key to Parallels Desktop 6 is increased speed. In addition to faster performance when handling files over USB or on a network, the company says that the new software can boot Windows 41 percent faster than the previous version, and 3D graphics performance gets a 40 percent increase. Parallels Desktop 6 also has full 64-bit support.
“With Parallels Desktop 6, gaming and graphics was a priority,” said Jack Zubarev, President of Marketing and Alliances for Parallels in a press conference. In addition to the graphics enhancements, Parallels Desktop 6 now supports 5.1 surround sound.
Other new features include the ability to use Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows and the ability to use Spotlight to find Windows programs.
Parallels Desktop 6 will be available on September 14 for $80. A student version will be available for $40. Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac will also be packaged in a $100 Switch to Mac bundle targeted at new Mac users who are switching from a Windows PC computer. The Switch to Mac bundle includes a USB cable for transferring files between a Mac and PC.
Existing Parallels users can upgrade to version 6 for $50. If you bought Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac after August 15 from an authorized dealer, you will be able to upgrade to version 6 at no additional cost.
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