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The new Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is now available, offering Windows virtualization that boots 41 percent faster and offers 3D graphics that run 30 percent faster than before.

Parallels Desktop 6 is available now with a standard retail price of $79.99. The student edition costs $39.99, while Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac edition will retail for $99.99.

In addition, direct downloads of the $49.99 Parallels Desktop 6 Upgrade are also available for customers who already own 5.0. In addition, anyone who recently purchased Parallels Desktop 5.0 is eligible for a free 6.0 upgrade.

Parallels is also offering a free 14 day trial of the software, giving users the ability to test Parallels Desktop 6 before they buy.

The new Parallels Desktop 6 boosts speeds when working with files on USB drives, networks and in shared folders. The update packs more than 80 new and enhanced features, and the company has declared it the "best Windows on Mac experience yet.



Included are the list of highlighted features new and improved in Parallels Desktop 6:

Faster & More Powerful
Launch Time: Run Windows applications 41 percent faster than Parallels Desktop 5
Full 64-bit Engine: Take advantage of all of the capabilities of your 64-bit Mac and enjoy the fastest virtual machine performance yet
Immersive Graphics & Audio Experience
5.1 Surround Sound: Savor rich, immersive audio experiences for games, music and videos
Enhanced 3D Graphics: Enjoy more life-like visual action and play a wider range of modern games with 40 percent improvement over Parallels Desktop 5

More Manageable
Parental Control: Have peace of mind when children are online by applying the same parental controls you set for your Mac to your Windows applications
VM Encryption: Protect data from being stolen by using built in virtual machine encryption

Simpler & Smarter
Mac Shortcuts: Use Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts to make Windows applications work the way you do
Personal Data Migration: Simplifies moving to Mac by automatically moving programs, data and media (i.e. My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos and My Downloads) to the appropriate folders on your Mac
Web Browser Favorites: Parallels automatically moves your Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome settings and bookmarks from your PC to the default browser on your Mac
Anti-virus Protection: Data protection with Parallels SmartGuard & SafeMode plus leading anti-virus protection for both Mac OS X and Windows with complimentary Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac, Acronis True Image Home 2010 and Acronis Disk Director 2011 Home






post #2 of 42
After looking at the full feature list on the website, it seems we have very different opinions of the meaning of the word "feature".
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FOURTH MAJOR story about this "app" in less than a week. AppleInsider is covering this story like they're in Parallels' pocket.
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Originally Posted by MJ Web View Post

FOURTH MAJOR story about this "app" in less than a week. AppleInsider is covering this story like they're in Parallels' pocket.

Some of us actually use this and find it very helpful, not to mention it is software FOR Macs ... so what's the problem?
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I have contemplated getting Parallels for some time now as I use virtual machines on a regular basis on my mac, but I have always just gone with VirtualBox for the price point Does anyone have real experience with performance between the two? I would consider buying it if it really outdid VirtualBox.

Thanks...
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I have contemplated getting Parallels for some time now as I use virtual machines on a regular basis on my mac, but I have always just gone with VirtualBox for the price point Does anyone have real experience with performance between the two? I would consider buying it if it really outdid VirtualBox.

Thanks...

VirtualBox is very good, actually I think it's eats less RAM in so many things, and it's free, Parallels is as fast, the best integration, it has drag and drop between guest OS and native one, it support more evolved 3D, and probably is the best choice, VMWare Fusion is not bad but I do think parallels wins in every way, now depends of what you want to do, you can try VirtualBox as it's free, if you going to choose a comercial option, Parallels is the best!
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Any idea who qualifies as a student for the student pricing? College, K-12, etc?
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Originally Posted by exodar View Post

I have contemplated getting Parallels for some time now as I use virtual machines on a regular basis on my mac, but I have always just gone with VirtualBox for the price point Does anyone have real experience with performance between the two? I would consider buying it if it really outdid VirtualBox.

Thanks...

I tried VirtualBox and found it slow. The mouse movement was not smooth as well. I use Parallels (still use version 4) and it is much more responsive and smoother. You can try Parallels by downloading the free trial.
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Any idea who qualifies as a student for the student pricing? College, K-12, etc?

I could find information about that discount on their website as well. Would be nice if AI could include the direct link when they mention the prices.

Edit: Found it here.
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Parallels is definitely pulling away from the competition.
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I've been thinking about buying this too... but I don't have my Windows discs for my old laptop. Does anybody know if you can use Parallels without having the Windows discs?
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Originally Posted by MJ Web View Post

FOURTH MAJOR story about this "app" in less than a week. AppleInsider is covering this story like they're in Parallels' pocket.

So put up your own web site and cover what you want to cover. Otherwise, stop your bitching.
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Just quick question: can it mount USB drives/Bootable CDs with Mac OS X non-suported partitions like Ext2/3/4?

I would love to have generic VM that actually provides only CPU and RAM and it can boot from USB drive for temporary use.

Maybe I missed version 5, but version 4 could not do this.
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I've been thinking about buying this too... but I don't have my Windows discs for my old laptop. Does anybody know if you can use Parallels without having the Windows discs?

Yes, both Parallels and VMware Fusion allows you to clone your whole PC (every bit, byte and block) into an exact clone inside a VM. You just need to be in the same network (the faster the better) and soon you will have your PC running as a VM on your Mac. Programs, data, all of it. No discs or anything needed.
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Any idea who qualifies as a student for the student pricing? College, K-12, etc?

Get V5 here -> Amazon - Parallels Desktop 5.0 for Mac for $49 with $20 rebate then get the -> V6 upgrade free.
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Parallels is definitely pulling away from the competition.

They certainly have the flashy feature list in their pocket but i've had too many issues with Parallels stability that I'll just stick with VMWare Fusion. Though, I don't think I've fired Fusion up in over a year now so I guess it's a moot point as me as a user.
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Is it any good? This article could have been written by the Parallels PR department.

Don't forget that on top of that price you also need to buy a licence for Windows 7. Does it work with all versions of Windows 7 or have you got to buy the most expensive version?

I hope its easier to use than their website - confusing as hell and keeps falling over today.
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So put up your own web site and cover what you want to cover. Otherwise, stop your bitching.

http://tinyurl.com/2bxgaep
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In addition, direct downloads of the $49.99 Parallels Desktop 6 Upgrade are also available for customers who already own 5.0

Am I the only one who thinks they are pricing this very unfairl? Higher than even the student edition for an update in less than year? What do these guys think? That we 'll be paying them $50 yearly as if they were a subscription service? No wonder they help you run ms programs with that kind of ms style pricing.
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

Is it any good? This article could have been written by the Parallels PR department.

Don't forget that on top of that price you also need to buy a licence for Windows 7. Does it work with all versions of Windows 7 or have you got to buy the most expensive version?

I hope its easier to use than their website - confusing as hell and keeps falling over today.

Check out VMWARe Fusion's response:

http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2...Team+Fusion%29

Take advantage of any trials that each offer and figure out which one works for your needs. Both this article and the VMWARE response definitely look like they were written by their respective PR departments.

I have used Fusion and Parallels 5 and prefer Fusion and personally do not find a reason to move away from one to the other at this time. YMMV
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There is the old saying "Don't knock it until you try it."

I upgraded last week from Version 5, which for me was barely usable on my early 2009 iMac C2D 2.66 GHz. The upgrade to Version 6 made it like I was using a real PC to run it. I may have been like a P4, but before it was like a PII running XP. So despite the belief that this is all hype you should really give it a try if you need this functionality.
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yeah well they should treat their customers more fairly though, an interim update they had in the makings and an extra $50 isn't.
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Does anyone use Visual Studio? It runs like a dog on both Fusion and Parallels.
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That should serve them right at parallels,

http://vmware.com/go/unparalleled

Upgrade from any version of fusion AND parallels to fusion 3.1 for $9.99
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

Is it any good? This article could have been written by the Parallels PR department.

Don't forget that on top of that price you also need to buy a licence for Windows 7. Does it work with all versions of Windows 7 or have you got to buy the most expensive version?

I hope its easier to use than their website - confusing as hell and keeps falling over today.

I use the Home version of windows just fine.
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Their main page is really slllloooowwwwww right now. At least their download server is quick, once you can get to it.
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Originally Posted by MJ Web View Post

FOURTH MAJOR story about this "app" in less than a week. AppleInsider is covering this story like they're in Parallels' pocket.

The links in the story don't go directly to Parallels, they go to a click counter which then forwards you to Parallels. I wonder if user information is compromised in the process...
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Am I the only one who thinks they are pricing this very unfairl? Higher than even the student edition for an update in less than year? What do these guys think? That we 'll be paying them $50 yearly as if they were a subscription service? No wonder they help you run ms programs with that kind of ms style pricing.

No, you're not the only one!

I think it's overpriced, especially for a product that becomes discounted over time. Parallels 5 has always been $79.99 but Amazon has been selling it for $39.00, same as the student price. I'm sure version 6 will be discounted after the initial excitement dies down.

I saw the link here for the 9.99 upgrade to fusion and think I will try that, not going to pay 49.99.

I don't need bells and whistles, just want the fastest VM program I can find!
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i thought parallels was about perfect around version 4, but has since turned in on itself and featured-bloated. 64-bit support sounds nice, but to be honest v5 ran like a dog in comparison to 4

no thanks, guys
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Originally Posted by AdamIIGS View Post

Some of us actually use this and find it very helpful, not to mention it is software FOR Macs ... so what's the problem?

Totally agree. Parallels is a vital piece of software for me, even though I use it maybe 10% of the time. This article explained the new features that were not in previous articles and gave me a much better idea of what the product is about.
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i thought parallels was about perfect around version 4, but has since turned in on itself and featured-bloated. 64-bit support sounds nice, but to be honest v5 ran like a dog in comparison to 4

no thanks, guys

I've had the exact opposite experience. V5 has been the best performing version for me, and I've been using since inception.

Looking forward to six. I took advantage of the buy 5 at amazon for $40, get a $20 discount, and free upgrade to six option instead of paying the $40 upgrade. Also discovered that if I use one of my many v3 license keys, I get another $20 discount, meaning I upgraded to v6 for free (and got a printed manual in the deal). Not too shabby.
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The links in the story don't go directly to Parallels, they go to a click counter which then forwards you to Parallels. I wonder if user information is compromised in the process...

We've been marked! Our Windows will crash.
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I've had the exact opposite experience. V5 has been the best performing version for me, and I've been using since inception.

Looking forward to six. I took advantage of the buy 5 at amazon for $40, get a $20 discount, and free upgrade to six option instead of paying the $40 upgrade. Also discovered that if I use one of my many v3 license keys, I get another $20 discount, meaning I upgraded to v6 for free (and got a printed manual in the deal). Not too shabby.

Yeah but it is shabby for people who paid $79 for the company to leave a right open window to buy 5 for 20 and then upgrade fro free, while they charge the update at $50, what do they want me to do, re-buy parallels to get a better price than upgrading? This is ridiculous...haven't they heard of torrents...
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Originally Posted by Cubert View Post

Parallels is definitely pulling away from the competition.

Let's see who will be the first to support native graphics hardware when running virtual machines on Macs:

http://www.parallels.com/products/extreme/
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I've been thinking about buying this too... but I don't have my Windows discs for my old laptop. Does anybody know if you can use Parallels without having the Windows discs?

Yes, you do need a Windas installer disc. I recently installed Parallels 5 + XP Pro SP3 and it flies! Can't imagine how P6 could be '41%' faster when the Windas VM in P5 already starts-up in 40 seconds flat (MBPro,4GB). Thankfully, the suck-fulness of Windas is minimised in the Parallels coherence mode and it's a good way of running that odd, but necessary, program that isn't supported on the Mac. (Chembio-Office Ultra in my case.)
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If Parallels is faster that means it finally caught up to Fusion. Maybe even passed it a bit but who really knows as I am sure it depends on the task.

All I know is that their marketing campaign is suckering people in to pay a lot of $$ for a product upgrade that charges a vast amount more for upgrades compared to the competition.

They can charge what they want but they better offer more than just great marketing behind that inflated fee.
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Does anyone have experience running games over Parallels. There are some games only available for the PC that I would love to run on my Mac. I have been considering both boot camp and parallels. Can anyone speak to this?
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post #38 of 42
If you, like me, got the advanced upgrade to 6 for existing users, a newer build is now available:

Build 6.0.11822
(Revision 604190; September 14, 2010)

From the 'Parallels Desktop' menu, click on 'Check For Updates'.

It downloads ParallelsDesktop-parallels-en_US-6.0.11822.604190.dmg from which you can install the update.

The previous was ParallelsDesktop-parallels-en_US-6.0.11820.602974.dmg
post #39 of 42
I use this product every day, it's essential. On my iMac i5 it runs windows xp blazingly fast with 3gb ram, it's better than native for my uses.

But I'm very tired of paying $50 every 7 months. Very tired.

The only thing in this upgrade that looks interesting is the iPad app, but I already have iTeleport to do that, so...

I'm skipping the upgrade this time. I've bought every version since day 1 (was an original beta tester).

They have enough of my money.
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That should serve them right at parallels,

http://vmware.com/go/unparalleled

Upgrade from any version of fusion AND parallels to fusion 3.1 for $9.99

I had Parallels V5 and took advantage of the offer above and got Fusion 3.1 with 1 year of upgrades for 29.99. The transition was smooth and it runs quite a bit faster than Parallels on my mid 2010 MBP.
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