Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac brings support for Aero in Windows 7



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Parallels has just released Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac. Parallels Desktop is a virtualization software for Snow Leopard. As the name implies, it enables you to run Mac and other operating systems in parallel. The just released virtualization companion for Mac enables you to run Windows 7, Linux and other operating systems on your Apple machine.

Parallels Desktop 5 now has support for Aero, which happens to be one of the coolest features  in Windows 7 and Vista.


Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac features

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac provides more than 70 features. The most notable ones include:

  • View Windows in full screen mode, where Windows interface replaces the Mac interface completely.
  • Crystal view mode which makes the Windows interface completely disappear and restores the full screen view of the Mac interface.
  • Provides users a Mac like experience while using Windows application, enabling users to use Apple Trackpad Gestures technology to pinch, swipe and rotate.
  • Automatic optimization of virtual machine size to offer users the best performance possible.
  • Copy & Paste fidelity for formatted text and complete layouts including images, even between Windows and Linux guest OSs.
  • Provides freedom and flexibility to run Windows and Mac applications across multiple monitors.
  • 7 times better graphic performance for games and 3D applications than the previous version with Direct X 9Ex with Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support.
  • Superior graphics performance for Linux guests through OpenGL 2.1 support.
  • Full hardware resources can be utilized with support for 8 virtual CPUs, 64 bit Windows and Snow Leopard Server 64 bit.
  • Easily move PCs (including Windows 7) and 3rd party virtual machines to the Mac  with the enhanced Parallels Transporter.

While it has a price tag of $79.99, it comes with a collection of free software worth $175. The free additional software include:

  • Internet Security 2009 by Kaspersky (1 year subscription).
  • Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 (Disk Management).
  • Acronis True Image 11 Home (Backup and Recovery Solutions).

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is also available as a free trial, which can be downloaded here.

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