Parallels has updated its Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization application with some very interesting new features. This application lets users run Windows, Linux or another operating system at the same time as Mac OS X on Intel-powered Macs without having to reboot.
Among the new features is Coherence which lets you run Windows applications like they are native applications. When users switch to Coherence mode, the Windows desktop disappears, leaving Windows applications, such as Outlook and Internet Explorer, running directly on the Mac desktop and from the Mac application dock. It is completely customizable, providing numerous options for loading and running applications and viewing the Windows task bar and Start menu.
Also new is Transporter, a migration tool that moves not only data but system settings, applications and everything else to a Mac without having to reinstall Windows. Transporter is particularly important for users switching from Windows to OS X because it allows them to keep the “security blanket” of their familiar Windows PC while they learn how to leverage the power of their new Macs. It also eliminates the hassle of having to “start from scratch” with a new Windows installation, which for many non-technical users can be a daunting experience.
The new version also adds Plug and Play USB 2.0 support, support for Boot Camp partitions, and Windows Vista compatibility.
Best of all, Parallels Desktop for Mac is a free upgrade for all existing users! Otherwise, it is available for $79.95 USD. A 15-day trial version is also available.