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Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Announced

Parallels LogoParallels has just made an announcement about version 3.0 of what I believe to be the most useful Mac OS X application, Parallels Desktop.

New features in 3.0 include:

+ SmartSelect -- set your preferred application handlers cross-platform. Want to open URLs in IE7, mailto: links in Mail.app, or .xls files in Excel 2007? You can now.
+ 3D acceleration -- DirectX and OpenGL support will allow 3D gamers to play Windows games in their full glory
+ Snapshot -- back up your virtual machine easily and roll back at any time
+ Parallels Explorer -- copy files into or out of your virtual disk images or your Boot Camp partition without needing to start or load the Parallels VM
+ Enhanced Boot Camp support, better USB, better printer sharing, Coherence 2.0

    Since they are offering a nice pre-order discount ($39 until June 6), I placed my order this morning. Although the actual application is not available just yet, I received a new serial number right away and the email receipt said "Delivery no later than June 3rd" -- all of which makes me believe version 3.0 will be available before next week.

    Riaz said,

    June 1, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Hotness!!! Finally I can play my 3d games on a mac!

    Manas said,

    June 1, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Mac meets Win at Parallels 3.0…

    I have used VMWare a bunch of times with Linux and found it to be too much of a burden to give up dual booting. I just found out about Parallels Desktop 3.0 and its what I wish I had years ago. Better late than never!
    Highlights:

    Cross OS File &…

    ray said,

    August 14, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    thks

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