After a really successful beta program (thanks again to everyone who helped out!), we’re ready to release the final, official versions of both the Desktop for Mac Update, and version 2.2 of Workstation for Windows and Linux. I think you’ll be really impressed with what both products have to offer.
More information on each product, and links to get them, are below. But before I get to that, a few important notes that apply to BOTH products:
- Both of these releases are FREE for registered customers, and will AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE if you have that feature enabled. If you have auto-update turned off, you’ll need to download and install the new versions manually.
- Upgrading will not require a re-install of any guest OSes or applications. You’re just updating the Parlalels application package.
- Remember to re-install Parallels Tools after upgrading
- New users can download and evaluate either Desktop for Mac or Workstation for Windows or Linux free for 15-days. Download the product you’d like to try and get a trial key from the Parallels Download Center.
On to the good stuff. Here’s what’s new in each product:
PARALLELS DESKTOP FOR MAC – OFFICIAL UPDATE
- Works on ANY Intel-Mac with ANY memory configuration with no system modification. This includes Mac Pros with up to 16GB of RAM, and the full line of Core 2 Duo iMacs
- Support for Windows Vista as a guest OS
- Support for Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” as a Primary OS
- Better USB support, including support for isynchronous devices and Windows Mobile 5 devices
- Get the full “what’s new” list at the Official Update Main Page
- Upgrade now to the Desktop for Mac Official Update!
PARALLELS WORKSTATION 2.2 FOR WINDOWS & LINUX
- Full support for AMD Secure Virtual Machine Technology, and stronger support for Intel Virtualization Technology. For more information on why this is important, see my recent blog post on the subject.
- Support for Windows Vista as a Guest OS
- A new shared folder utility lets users share files and folders between OSes
- Smoother sound and video support
- Better networking; use WiFi connections in Linux primary OSes, and switch bridge connections between a LAN cable and WiFi connection on the fly in any guest OS.
- Stronger support for USB devices, including support for webcams and Windows Mobile 5 devices