Parallels updated their Windows virtualization software for Mac to version 7 today with some exciting new features and optimizations. Lion compatibility has been improved (Full Screen mode, Launch Pad, and Mission Control) as well as speed: It is 60 percent faster than Parallels Desktop 6 when resuming Windows and up to 45 percent faster for 3D graphics. You can also share the iSight camera with Windows apps as well.

Perhaps most interestingly, you can now run another instance of Mac OS X. This might be a life-saver for Quicken users or users of other Rosetta apps that aren’t Lion compatible. Also, Mac developers can test their apps in different OSX versions with another OS instance.

Finally, there is a a new app (free for a limited time) which improves connectivity and allows full Flash sound and video on iOS devices.

Enjoy the best performance on the market

New! Lion integration and support, including Launchpad and Mission Control for Windows programs
New! Shared iSight and FaceTime HD cameras in both Windows and Mac applications
New! Lion as a guest OS
Enhanced! Up to 1 GB of video memory, for ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings
Enhanced! With the new Parallels Mobile App, copy-and-paste, enjoy audio, and access your Mac and Windows programs with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Run thousands of Windows applications at lightning speed on your Mac

Enhanced! Increased graphics performance: up to 45% faster for 3D graphics compared to previous versions
Enhanced! Start, stop and resume Windows more quickly, as much as 60 %, every time you launch Windows
Enhanced! When copying files within Windows, Parallels Desktop 7 outperforms its competitor by 120 %

If you’ve purchased parallels in the past 30 days, you’ve got a free update coming – making the $45 Parallels 6 price at Amazon a steal. Otherwise the update is $39.99. For new users, it is $79.99 and for Students, it is $39.99. We’ll post a review in the coming weeks.

More videos and full press release follows:

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Makes Windows Programs Roar with Mac OS X Lion Features; New Parallels Mobile App Delivers OS X and Windows Control Plus Flash Videos with Sound

Launch Pad, Full Screen and other supported Lion features plus 90 enhancements make the No. 1 selling and best performing software for running Windows on Macs better than ever

Renton, WA. September 1, 2011 – Parallels® today announced the September 6 availability of Parallels Desktop® 7 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop/seven), the fastest, most intuitive and immersive version yet of the No. 1 selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting. Over three million current Parallels Desktop users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 7 starting today. More than 90 new and enhanced features in Parallels Desktop 7 include Mac OS® X Lion integration, performance boosts and a powerful new Parallels Mobile app and My Parallels services platform for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. Parallels Desktop 7 is packed with features most desired by users, extending its lead as the best solution for businesses and consumers worldwide.

“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 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,” said Parallels CEO Birger Steen. “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.[1] Parallels Desktop 7 performance is even faster. It 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.

Parallels Desktop 7 delivers the most immersive and integrated Windows on Mac experience ever so customers can enjoy the full benefits of the Mac hardware they love. Highlights 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 you!

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 that make it easy to learn how to use your new Mac.

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Enterprise Edition (www.parallels.com/desktop/enterprise) empowers 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.

Today Parallels also separately announced (www.parallels.com/press) the new Parallels Mobile app with My Parallels service for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices works with Parallels Desktop 7 and is for sale in the App Store on (or shortly after) September 1. 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. Details are available at www.parallels.com/mobile.

Parallels Desktop 7 has more than 90 new and improved features including:

Simple Switching, Simple Daily Use

  • · You asked for it: 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[2]

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 an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop users. It will be available to the general public, both a downloadable version and packaged software for delivery, fromwww.parallels.com starting on September 6. Packaged software will also be available starting September 6 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 atwww.parallels.com. Volume pricing and site-license opportunities for Parallels Desktop 7 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 6, 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 fromparallels.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 on (or shortly after) September 1 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.

About Parallels

Parallels is a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 800 employees in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsMac and Like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ParallelsDesktop.

New Parallels Mobile App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Delivers Anytime Anywhere Control of Mac OS X, Windows, Ubuntu, Chrome, Fedora, Applications and Files on Your Mac

Enjoy Flash videos and audio from Windows on your Mac anywhere via
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices

Renton, WA. September 1, 2011 – Parallels® today announced the new Parallels Mobile app with My Parallels service for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (www.parallels.com/mobile). The new app is being released in conjunction with Parallels Desktop® 7 for Mac, also announced today (www.parallels.com/press) to give users complete anytime anywhere control of their Mac, including OS X Lion and Windows, plus all of their applications, files and data. Parallels Mobile also works with Parallels Desktop 7 to make Flash video and audio available from Windows on your Mac anywhere via an iPad and Apple mobile devices for the most productive and immersive mobile experience.

The new Parallels Mobile is a premium app that provides Parallels Desktop 7 users a fast, fully immersive mobile experience including:[3]

  • · Complete access to and control of the Mac, Windows and other desktops, plus their applications, programs and files – anything you might need is available no matter where you are
  • · Full audio support and enhanced video streaming, including Flash websites and videos! Watch and listen to business presentations, class lectures, movies and videos in Windows on your Mac from anywhere.
  • · Copy, cut and paste between Windows programs and Apple mobile devices for maximum productivity on the go

The new Parallels Mobile app empowers people to easily perform tasks via their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that have been unavailable or challenging, such as printing, viewing Flash-based websites and full use of productivity applications like Outlook and Quicken.

“People are increasingly mobile and need to be able to work, get their studying done and enjoy their entertainment on the go. Parallels Mobile gives people the freedom to live a mobile life without compromising their ability to do the things they need to do from wherever they are and whenever they want,” said Parallels Vice President of Marketing, Kim Johnston.

Parallels Desktop® 7 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop/seven) is the fastest and most intuitive version yet of the No. 1 selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting. It is ideal for people who want or need to Windows programs such as Windows Internet Explorer, Access, OneNote, Quicken and numerous other corporate, educational and consumer programs, including the most graphically demanding applications and video games.

Pricing, Availability & System Requirements

The new Parallels Mobile app will be available in the Apple iTunes App Store on September 1st (or soon after), in conjunction with the general availability of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac. Parallels Mobile will launch with a $4.99 introductory price; its standard retail price is $19.99. Current users of the free Parallels Mobile app will receive a free upgrade to the new functionality when it launches by simply updating the Parallels Mobile app on their devices.

Parallels Desktop 7 users can enjoy the full functionality of the new Parallels Mobile app. Parallels Desktop 6 can use the Parallels Mobile app to remotely access and run their Windows and other virtual machines, applications and files. The Parallels Mobile app requires iOS 4.3 or later and works with Macs running Mac OS X Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard.

For additional information, please visit http://www.parallels.com/mobile.


[1] MacTech Labs: Virtualization Benchmarks, Jan. 5, 2011,www.mactech.com/2011/01/05/virtualization-benchmarks

[2] English-language version only, United States

[3] Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac required for full functionality of these features.


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