Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac

Parallels the maker of Parallels Desktop the popular desktop virtualization software for Mac OS X has announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac OS X. Parallels Desktop 5 allows users to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems side-by-side with Mac OS X. The newest version of Parallels boasts over 70 new features including Full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7 through Windows WDDM driver, including Aero Flip 3D.

In addition to Windows 7 support Parallels Desktop 5 introduces 7 times better graphic performance for games and 3D Windows applications than the previous version as well as enhanced graphics support for Linux through through OpenGL 2.1 support.

Parallels Desktop 5 is prices at $79.9 for new users and $49.99 for users upgrading from Parallels Desktop 4.0.

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Please tell people why you think it's better or your post will rate fine as another pointless post count post...

Personally I would really like to know which is the best and also motivated why? Anybody care to elaborate?

Grandaevus said,
Please tell people why you think it's better or your post will rate fine as another pointless post count post...

Personally I would really like to know which is the best and also motivated why? Anybody care to elaborate?

To be honest, I haven't tried the latest version. I've been reluctant to as with previous versions, I had been plagued by that clipboard bug that was supposedly already fixed. To this day, my context menus in OS X are littered with the all of the application duplicates that Parallels installed (in the Open With menu).

With the last two versions, 3 and 4, I would try them out, even bought a license for both through promotions, and I always went back to VMWare Fusion.

I installed the trial on my MacBook and imported my XP Boot Camp partition without any fuss. Performance seems quite good considering my hardware (2GHz C2D, 2GB RAM, GMA950) and the overhead of running Snow Leopard. There's a nice choice of display/integration modes.

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