Parallels updates Desktop 4.0 for Mac

Parallels updates its Mac desktop virtualization software to improve DirectX support and adds experimental support for upcoming Microsoft and Apple operating systems.

Parallels Desktop for Mac users may have noticed via AutoUpdate that there is a new build (Build 3810) available for their desktop virtualization software. According to the company, the update includes new features and enhancements that improve support for media and gaming, and adds experimental support for future versions of Windows and Mac OS X.

Since its launch in November 2008, more than 300,000 copies of Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac have been downloaded. This desktop virtualization software allows users of Intel-based Apple computers to run Windows applications seamlessly alongside their Mac OS X software.

Parallels stated that the new build adds several enhancements and features to the product.

Among these enhancements are improvements made to the performance and acceleration of applications. It provides for a richer gaming experience in a virtual machine thanks to DirectX 9.0 Shaders Model 2 and Vertex Shader support. And to improve the performance of media applications, it supports Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE4).

They also claim to have improved the efficiency of Desktop 4.0 for Mac by improving its CPU usage. As a result, battery life has been extended for MacBooks running the software.

Another improvement allows Windows to automatically start in the background whenever a Windows application is opened on the Mac desktop. And files can quickly and easily be shared by dragging Windows files directly to Mac applications in the OS X Dock.

The latest build also adds experimental support for coming Microsoft and Apple operating systems. Parallels offers experimental support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard as a primary operating system platform. And it's added experimental support for Microsoft's Windows 7 as a guest operating system.

The update also addresses the most commonly reported installation or upgrade errors, and the company has created a Customer Experience Program to meet the needs of its clientele. Customers can provide certain information about their use priorities and preferences by choosing to opt in to the program at installation and can fully control their settings through the configuration editor.

"Parallels is committed to delivering a premium desktop computing solution that directly meets user needs," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "With Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac, that means giving users an experience that is as easy, fast and powerful as possible. The Customer Experience Program we're introducing will help us ensure we continue to make progress on this goal."

The new update is free to registered users of Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac, and more information about Parallels' support can be found on its Web site.


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