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Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac promises seamless Windows-on-Mac experience

by Parm Mann on 4 November 2009, 13:15

Tags: Desktop 5, Parallels

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Parallels has today launched the latest version of its Windows-on-Mac virtualisation software, Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac.

The release claims to perform "22 per cent faster than the nearest Windows-on-Mac competitor", unsurprisingly suggesting that Parallels' solution is superior to VMware Fusion 3, launched this time last week.

Like VMware Fusion 3, Parallels Desktop 5 introduces full support for Windows Aero and Flip 3D, on either 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 7. There's also support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1, with Parallels claiming "seven times better graphic performance for games and 3D applications".

Amid some 70 new features, a new "Crystal view mode" aims to make Windows applications look more Mac-like, with full support for trackpad gestures such as pinch, swipe and rotate.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is available now priced at Ā£59.99. Cunningly, users of VMWare Fusion 2 are able to upgrade to Parallels' latest release at a discounted fee.

Official press release: Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Offers Fastest Performance on Snow Leopard and for Windows 7 Available

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Windows run faster again if you skip the overpriced mac hardware and don't bother with any mac OS while you are at it.

If you like things in white cases and make ‘barrrrhhh’ noises sometimes then this looks great, as you can finally run a proper OS in your overpriced hardware which makes it nearly right.
..or do the same for free with Sun's VirtualBox ?
I run that in seamless mode all the time,for XP under OS X, and never noticed it being slow ;)