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!

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