Parallels Desktop 7 available with 90 new features including Lion integration

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Parallels Desktop 7 became publicly available on Tuesday, packing more than 90 new and enhanced features, including Mac OS X Lion integration, performance boosts, and the new Parallels Mobile application.



The new version of Parallels Desktop 7 is now available for $79.99 in its standard version. Existing users of Desktop 5 or 6 can also upgrade for a discounted $49.99 price.



Parallels said Desktop 7 for Mac is the fastest, most intuitive and immersive version of the software yet. It is the No. 1 selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side in Mac OS X without rebooting.



"As Macs have become more popular than ever, a growing number of Mac users, including enterprises, find they need to run critical Windows programs on their Macs," Parallels CEO Birger Steen said. "Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac lets you run popular apps like Windows Internet Explorer, Access, OneNote, Quicken and more, even the most demanding graphical programs, without rebooting and without compromise on speed and usability.



"Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac. The people have spoken and Parallels listened to make the best even better. Whether you?re a business, individual or student, Parallels Desktop 7 gives you the best Windows on Mac performance plus mobility from any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch."



According to results from more than 4,000 benchmark tests conducted by independent publisher MacTech, Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac outperformed its closest competitor in 92 percent of 3D graphics tests and 84 percent of general performance tests. Parallels Desktop 7 performance, the company said, is even faster.



The latest version reportedly outpaces its competitor by 120 percent when copying files within Windows, and 40 percent when starting and resuming Windows, according to testing conducted by Parallels. It is also 60 percent faster than Parallels Desktop 6 for resuming Windows and up to 45 percent faster for 3D graphics in some applications.







Highlights of the new software, as touted by Parallels, include:

Enjoy Lion functionality including Full Screen, Launch Pad and Mission Control, for your Windows programs

Run multiple copies of OS X Lion or Windows and their applications on your Mac

Use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to watch and listen to Flash videos in Windows on your Mac; access and run your OS X, Windows, Chrome, Ubuntu and other operating systems, their applications and files on your Mac anytime from anywhere

Windows on Demand - purchase and automatically install Windows on your Mac right from Parallels Desktop 7 in the U.S., Parallels does all the work

For people who want to switch from PC to Mac, Parallels also announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition, which includes Parallels Desktop 7 plus Parallels High Speed USB transfer cable, as well as almost two hours of video tutorials.



Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition allows businesses and IT departments to support Windows based business applications for Mac users with a configurable, policy-compliant solution that easily fits into existing business processes and helps reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining client-based software.



Also available is the new Parallels Mobile app with My Parallels service for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. It works with Parallels Desktop 7 and is for sale in the App Store.



The new Parallels Mobile app lets you remotely access and control both your Mac and Windows applications, and files from anywhere. Its new Windows features include audio support for Flash and the ability to copy and paste text between Windows programs on your Mac and your Apple mobile devices.



Parallels Desktop 7 has more than 90 new and improved features highlighted by Parallels. They include:

Simple Switching, Simple Daily Use

New look and feel delivers on top customer requests for usability

Make Windows programs roar: Enjoy Lion functionality including Full Screen, Launch Pad and Mission Control, for your Windows programs.

Keep your routine: Run Windows programs like they were made for your Mac, with seamless integration, improved virtual printing, shared folders and more.

Moving to Mac made easy: Move your programs, files, and user settings ? even browser favorites ? from your PC to your Mac with a complete set of switching tools. Make your new Mac just as familiar as your old PC.

Webcams: Enjoy using your Mac's iSight or FaceTime HD camera in both OS X Lion and Windows programs

Windows on demand: U.S. customers can purchase and automatically install Windows on your Mac right from Parallels Desktop 7 ? Parallels does all the work for you

Speed and Performance

Fastest ever: Start, stop and resume Windows more quickly than ever. Access and work faster with Windows and Mac files.

Brilliant graphics: Experience Parallels? maximum speed and performance for 3D and graphic intensive applications with improved full screen support and up to 1GB of video memory

Richer audio: Enjoy music, movies, videos and games more than ever before with support for 7.1 surround sound and a new 5.1 sound driver

Mobility and Manageability

Get more done: Work or play longer with improved battery life performance

Connect anytime, anywhere: Access Mac or Windows applications and documents from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with the new Parallels Mobile app ? including new capabilities such as audio support and cut-and-paste within Windows applications running on your Mac

Flash video with sound on the go: New audio integration with Flash means you can watch and listen to Flash videos on your iPad and iOS devices by remotely running Windows Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player on your Mac with the new Parallels Mobile app

Multiple virtual machines: Run multiple copies of OS X Lion or Windows and their applications on your Mac. Easily open virtual machines created by other Parallels products as well import virtual machines created in third-party software.

Anti-Virus and Internet Security for both Mac and Windows: Enjoy peace of mind with a free 90-day trial of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac and Kaspersky Internet Security for Windows.





Availability and Pricing



Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available today as both a downloadable version and packaged software for delivery. Packaged software is also be available at Apple retail stores, Apple.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry?s Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other retail locations nationwide.



The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is $79.99 and a student edition is available for $39.99. Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition is $99.99. Special pricing of $49.99 is available for customers currently using WMware Fusion who want to have a solution that is fully compatible with Lion. Upgrades are available now for existing Parallels Desktop for Mac customers for $49.99. Details are available online at www.parallels.com. Volume pricing and site-license opportunities for Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition are available by contacting the Parallels Sales Team at http://www.parallels.com/desktop/volume-licensing.



Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. Additional localized versions will soon be available in, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, Czech, Polish and Portuguese.



A free trial of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available starting September 6th, along with in-depth information, videos and screenshots of the new features at www.parallels.com/desktop/seven.



Customers who purchased Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac from an authorized reseller on or after August 1, 2011, are eligible to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac at no additional cost. If you purchased from parallels.com or have registered your product activation key you will automatically be emailed instructions on how to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 7 at no additional cost.



The new Parallels Mobile app is available in the App Store with a $4.99 introductory price; the standard retail price is $19.99. Current users of the free Parallels Mobile app will receive a free upgrade to the new Parallels Mobile app when it becomes available by simply updating the Parallels Mobile app on their mobile devices.
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  • Reply 1 of 62
    It's probably be really awesome if it didn't crash within a few minutes of running any 3D application. I upgraded at the weekend, and it's been an utter crash-fest. I reported it to Parallels, and they said it was a known issue and they're working on it.



    http://forum.parallels.com/showthrea...995#post457995



    I am MarkH in this thread.



    BTW, the entire article reads like a press release. If it is, you should say so.
  • Reply 2 of 62
    Nice piece of software. It's a shame I don't need to run a second copy of Mac OS X
  • Reply 3 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,456member
    I don't get the 'switch to VMware to be compatible with Lion' wording? I have had Lion running in VMWare since the days of the Lion Beta and Snow Leopard server for years.
  • Reply 4 of 62
    It's pretty poor that if you'd bought version 6 on July 1st as I did, you'll be expected to pay for an upgrade. Not good service to a new user.
  • Reply 5 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,456member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ianmerry View Post


    It's pretty poor that if you'd bought version 6 on July 1st as I did, you'll be expected to pay for an upgrade. Not good service to a new user.



    This is why I switched to VMWare a year or two back. Paying for Parallel's upgrades was costing more than OS X and Windows! It's like dealing with Adobe! VMWare has been solid as a rock and cost a fraction of the amount to maintain. I am currently running Fusion's latest beta which is very stable and has never crashed once on me.
  • Reply 6 of 62
    I switched from Parallels v4 (a while back) to VMWare and recently back. They have came a long way since the version (don't remember the v#) I was running pre-VMWare and I think you'd be surprised if you took a look. The performance differences between the two products was quite apparent when I switched back to Parallels about six months ago.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    This is why I switched to VMWare a year or two back. Paying for Parallel's upgrades was costing more than OS X and Windows! It's like dealing with Adobe! VMWare has been solid as a rock and cost a fraction of the amount to maintain. I am currently running Fusion's latest beta which is very stable and has never crashed once on me.



  • Reply 7 of 62
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,616member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zoolook View Post


    BTW, the entire article reads like a press release. If it is, you should say so.



    Masquerading as journalism. I suspect money was involved here. Pretty much a new low for AI.
  • Reply 8 of 62
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,521member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    Masquerading as journalism. I suspect money was involved here. Pretty much a new low for AI.



    Ouch. It sure looks that way.
  • Reply 9 of 62
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,596member
    The Lion integration is what I am waiting for. I wonder how the 3D stuff on a virtual Lion install is like?



    Regardless, I am ready for official Lion support in VMWare and I hope Parallels gets them moving a little faster.
  • Reply 10 of 62
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,596member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    Masquerading as journalism. I suspect money was involved here. Pretty much a new low for AI.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Flaneur View Post


    Ouch. It sure looks that way.



    It doesn't look that way at all. Read their stories when Apple releases a new product or any other stories where new products are released. They are all done the same. Get over yourselves. We come here for the rumors and news, if you can't deal with it, no one is forcing you to stay.
  • Reply 11 of 62
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Parallels Desktop 7 became publicly available on Tuesday...



    This is nothing but a giant advertisement for Parallels Desktop.



    Where is the critical eye? Where is the comparison to other similar products?



    More importantly, how much did Parallels pay you to run it?
  • Reply 12 of 62
    kibitzerkibitzer Posts: 1,114member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    Masquerading as journalism. I suspect money was involved here. Pretty much a new low for AI.



    I just took a look at the news release, and yes, the content is largely the same, although with a lot more marketing adjectives. An accusation of payoffs, however, is just plain unwarranted and malicious.



    Look at the huge amount of detail in the text. There are a lot of different features and capabilities in this new product - a lot more than an AI staffer has time for a complete rewrite with a deadline looming. The obvious solution is to copy and paste portions of the news release while editing out all the self-serving Parallels marketing superlatives wherever possible. AI did that, but didn't catch everything.



    Just stay tuned. You can be sure over the next few days that AI, Mossberg and a lot of others will be testing the product and writing their independent reviews.
  • Reply 13 of 62
    kibitzerkibitzer Posts: 1,114member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    This is nothing but a giant advertisement for Parallels Desktop.



    Where is the critical eye? Where is the comparison to other similar products?



    More importantly, how much did Parallels pay you to run it?



    What is it about your attitude that you are always so quick to criticize and assume the worst in people? Is it a reflection of your own character?



    For cripes sake, can't you just stifle yourself for an hour or two longer to see what further critical analysis will be coming? The U.S. work week has just started following the long Labor Day weekend. Give these people some breathing room.
  • Reply 14 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,456member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by johnnash View Post


    I switched from Parallels v4 (a while back) to VMWare and recently back. They have came a long way since the version (don't remember the v#) I was running pre-VMWare and I think you'd be surprised if you took a look. The performance differences between the two products was quite apparent when I switched back to Parallels about six months ago.



    It's good to have them battling it out I guess
  • Reply 15 of 62
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    This is nothing but a giant advertisement for Parallels Desktop.



    Where is the critical eye? Where is the comparison to other similar products?



    More importantly, how much did Parallels pay you to run it?



    This is clearly a product announcement which goes to say that the press release is restated in the article.



    It is not a review and AI haven't claimed as much.



    FWIW - this version of Parallels does seem to perform better than the earlier version in Lion. I have to agree that the yearly upgrade cycle is becoming a bit onerous but I can see the need as virtual software can still be improved upon.
  • Reply 16 of 62
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,456member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by johnnash View Post


    I switched from Parallels v4 (a while back) to VMWare and recently back. They have came a long way since the version (don't remember the v#) I was running pre-VMWare and I think you'd be surprised if you took a look. The performance differences between the two products was quite apparent when I switched back to Parallels about six months ago.



    Does Parallels let you move a VM with Windows 7 from one Mac to another without breaking the MS license set up these days? I like that feature on the Fusion as I seem to upgrade my Mac so often.
  • Reply 17 of 62
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    This is why I switched to VMWare a year or two back. Paying for Parallel's upgrades was costing more than OS X and Windows! It's like dealing with Adobe! VMWare has been solid as a rock and cost a fraction of the amount to maintain. I am currently running Fusion's latest beta which is very stable and has never crashed once on me.



    Completely agree. It seems like each time I contemplate upgrading 4 another new version is out. Their upgrade cycles are just too expensive. Improved performance would be nice, but many of these things reek of expensive bugfixes.
  • Reply 18 of 62
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 1,014member
    I've tried Parallels and Fusion, and even though it's not had any significant updates for a while, I still prefer Fusion. In the long run it's much, much cheaper to keep Fusion up to date, as Parallels seem to tout a new version with X new features and X times faster "for only $$" every few months. Fusion seems more Mac-like too somehow, and in my case, it actually works with my Boot Camp partition. Parallels goes through the setup procedure with the same partition every time I want to use it.



    This article has paid advertisement written all over though, that's the first thing I thought when I started to read it... Fair enough having a short article noting that an oft used piece of software has had a major update, but pretty much copy+pasting the press release is poor journalism. This is AppleInsider after all, not ParallelsInsider. The last VMware article doesn't read like this one at all.
  • Reply 19 of 62
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    Masquerading as journalism. I suspect money was involved here. Pretty much a new low for AI.



    Since they (Parallel's) have been sending emails and advertising on the web for a week. I can't see how this is a news story.



    Sure seems like an Infarticle and there should be a disclaimer so some users don't read the supposed article as an endorsement from people they think they trust with reporting facts. Or perhaps those claims are just rumours?
  • Reply 20 of 62
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,521member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kibitzer View Post


    I just took a look at the news release, and yes, the content is largely the same, although with a lot more marketing adjectives. An accusation of payoffs, however, is just plain unwarranted and malicious.



    I have to agree with your last sentence. It just looks like a paid ad.



    And it's true it's tough to rewrite something like this. Thanks for doing the comparison with the original press release.
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