The icing on the proverbial cake of our final release was a really great review by Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, titled “New Product Operates Windows, Mac OS X Simultaneously”. This was a very positive review of Parallels Desktop that explains why our solution is a better choice than Apple’s Boot Camp, and why the software is important for the entire computing community.
For those of you who don’t know who Walt is, he is, without a doubt, the most powerful voice in technology. Check out his bio:
Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly “Personal Technology” column, which has appeared in The Wall Street Journal every Thursday since 1991. He also writes two other weekly columns: In “Mossberg’s Mailbox,” he answers readers’ questions, while in “The Mossberg Solution,” he compares and contrasts consumer electronic gadgets. Read Walt’s columns at http://ptech.wsj.com.
He is also a contributing editor of SmartMoney, The Journal’s monthly magazine, and a regular technology commentator for the CNBC network.
Newsweek magazine calls Mr. Mossberg “the most powerful arbiter of consumer tastes in the computer world today.” Time magazine calls him “the most influential computer journalist,” while Rolling Stone magazine calls him “the most powerful columnist in technology.” The Washington Post declared Mr. Mossberg “one of the most powerful men in the high-tech world” and “a one-man media empire whose prose can launch a new product.” And The New York Times calls him a “protean critic of the new economy’s tools and toys.”
Mossberg was awarded the 1999 Loeb Award for Commentary, the only technology writer to be so honored. For seven years in a row (1995-2001), he was named as the most influential journalist writing about computers in the annual ranking published by Technology Marketing magazine.
I highly recommend you read Walt’s columns – they’re consistently informative, honest, and well written. Especially the ones about Parallels. 🙂
The big day is finally here! After two months of very successful beta testing that involved more than 100,000 rabid mac users from 75 countries, I’m proud to announce that the final version of Parallels Desktop is now available for download and sale!
A few important notes about the final version:
- The final release price will be $79.99, but if you buy through July 15th, 2006, you can get the product for only $49.99!
- If you’re a new user, you can still try the product before you buy with a free 15 day trial (we offer free trials for ALL of our products, btw!)
- If you pre-ordered, you should have received your permanent key. If you didn’t, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it to you right away.
- If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Parallels Desktop, you will NOT need to reinstall Windows or rebuild your virtual machines. You should, however, reinstall Parallels Tools when you’re done with your upgrade
I came across OSvids.com, a cool site where you can see actual video of linux distributions in action, through an article by Tina Gasperson at NewsForge, cleverly titled “See Distros. See Distros Run. Run, Distros, Run.”
The site was created by Jonathan Buys, who said “I’ve seen Linux advance by leaps and bounds over the years. I’ve lost count of how many distros I’ve tested. I figured that since I was loading the distros anyway, I might as well share my experiences on my site.”
A great idea. And the coolest part? He uses Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Windows to run all of his Linux distribtions in virtual machines!
This is exactly what Parallels Workstation is ideal for; keep your Windows machine intact, but still have the freedom to run full versions of Linux (or any other OS) at the same time as Windows in a stable, secure virtual machine that you can wipe away when you’re done.
Try it yourself! Get a free 15-day trial of Parallels Workstation for Windows (or Linux, or Mac!) at the Parallels Download Center.
Today and throughout the next week, you’ll be able to see Parallels Destkop (and your truly!) on the Belo TV networks. I spent some time with Mike Goldfein, Belo’s technology reporter, demoing the product and explaining why its so important to today’s computing world.
It’s a relatively short piece, but it turned out very nicely. You can check out the video here.
If you pre-ordered Parallels Desktop for Mac, you should have received an email this week with your permanent activation key. Please remember that this key will ONLY WORK with the final version of Parallels Desktop, which will be available in the next few weeks.
If your trial key has expired, don’t worry…you can get a new one by logging in to the “my account” section of parallels.com. Just log in, click “resend key” and you’ll get your new beta key via email!