7 PW for Mac OS X Beta3 is ready for download

With almost 50,000 beta testers behind us, we are making tremendous progress in beta testing. Because of the massive support and constructive feedback we’ve recieved, our development and QA teams were able to resolve a number of bugs and issues very quickly, and as a result, I’m proud to let you know that beta3 of Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X available for download!

Get your copy now at at the Parallels for Mac OS X Download Center. If you’re a Beta1 or Beta2 user, Beta3 will install over your current copy of Workstation, and you won’t need to get a new key. Just download, install, and get back to work.

And, don’t forget that if you pre-order your copy now, you can save $10 off the $49.99 retail price! Pre-order your copy now for just $39.99 at the Parallels Online Store.

Beta3 offers the several fixes and improvements that bring us much closer to a complete product:

  • No need to reinstall Parallels Workstation if its moved from the default file location.
  • Mac OS X no longer restarts when Parallels Workstation is left running and host wakes up from “Sleep” mode
  • Kernel no longer panics when working with several VMs
  • Improved speed and performance
  • Idling guest OS now consumes only 1-2% of CPU power
  • Bridged networking issues fixed
  • Sound support introduced (I mean it this time!)
  • Improved wi-fi support, especially for MacBook Pro laptops
  • Improved mouse synchronization tool
  • Keyboard mapping and repeating bugs fixed
  • CD/DVD problems fixed
  • Many other minor bug fixes

There are a few known issues that are being resolved now:

  • Do NOT suspend your VM when sound is playing inside guest, as it may reset Mac OS X.
  • VMs are created with the Sound device pointing to the Null Device. Its important to point it to “Default Audio” manually to have sound enabled in a VM.
  • Sound may tremble at the beginning of playing
  • USB is not working yet, but will be very soon
  • Video output is still a bit slow
  • Image Tool is not available yet, but will be very soon.
5 6 is better than 0

I noticed today that my blog now has a Google PageRank of 6. This is substantially better than the last pagerank the blog had, which was 0. Having such a high PageRank is pretty cool because it means that 1) people are actually reading what I have to say and 2) the blog is now one of the top sites on the internet for information about virtualization. All in all, its a good thing.

What’s a PageRank? In short, its Google’s way of indicating how important a web page is. Learn all about it here.

8 PW 2.1 for Mac OS X Beta 2 available now

Thanks to the rabid support of our 30,000+ beta testers, we were able to make some serious improvements to the Beta very quickly. Beta 2 is available for download now, and includes:

  • Full audio support in guest VMs
  • Full Wi-Fi support in guest VMs
  • Kernel bug fixes (some major, some minor)

All in all, the product is looking really good. I give a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who’s helped with testing, or just sent me a note offering their support.

Almost forgot! Get the Beta2 now at the Parallels 2.1 for Mac OS X download center.

1 Amazing video of Parallels Workstation for OS X loading Windows in less than 10 seconds

This video was sent to me by Shane, a Parallels user who commented on my last post. It’s a short clip of Windows XP loading in about TEN SECONDS! Needless to say, that’s faster than Boot Camp, or if you think about it, just about any real machine you could get your hands on.

It’s pretty amazing. See for yourself here:

Shane, that’s a very impressive video. If you have any others, send ’em over!

5 Big love from Apple

So, it looks like Apple’s users love us so much that they’ve convinced Apple to add us to’s “System/Disk Utilities” section. This means that directly through the main Apple website, you can learn about (and download) Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X! Screenshot is below:

As Bill, our new Sales Director, says “Man, that’s pretty cool.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. 🙂

0 Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X…the coolest boxshot ever.

As I share all of these pictures, I wonder to myself…if I’m this proud of a software product, what will I be like when I have kids? Scary to think about…

I’m excited, what can I say? Take a look at our Mac version’s cool box. Parallels design guys, if you’re reading this, you did seriously awesome work on this one:

If you still haven’t downloaded the beta, perhaps this cool boxshot has convinced you! Get Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X here.

0 Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X screenshots
Just wanted to share a few screenshots from the new Mac version. More of these are available on the website, but these are a few of my favorites:

Raise your hand if you never thought you’d see Windows 3.11 and Sun Solaris running on a Mac OS X desktop…

Your eyes do not decieve you. This is OS/2 and eComStation running on Mac OS X!

SUSE 10 booting up

And of course, last but not least, Windows XP, up and running at the same time as OS X


Unless you’ve been living in cave with your eyes closed and your fingers in your ears, you’ve heard by now that Parallels has launched the beta program for Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X! Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp dual-boot solution, our solution lets you run Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OS/2, eComStation, Solaris or MS-DOS at the same time as OSX, which in my opinion, makes it a much more efficient solution than a pure-dual boot.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out what these guys have to say about us!

There are about 50 other articles circulating now, if that’s not enough for you. 🙂

Got a MacTel? Want to check out what the whole world (literally) is talking about? Get Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X now!

Today has been nuts as I am sure you can imagine. I’ll post some of our slicker screenshots and talk more about this tomorrow.