Parallels adds “coherency”: can you spot Windows on this Mac?


Parallels_1I’m beginning to wonder if someday we’ll all have Apple hardware running Windows software. If the folks who build the Parallels software have anything to do with it, I’d say it’s a safe bet. The latest beta version of Parallels adds several new features, but the one standout from a productivity standpoint has to be new "coherency" mode.

Coherency allows Windows apps to float right in the Mac workspace, appearing as if they were native Mac apps. This means you don’t need to keep Windows-based windows in the Microsoft workspace on a Mac running Parallels. You can even share and move data between Mac and Windows apps using shortcuts. Essentially, the new coherency mode makes the OS boundaries disappear and that can have a profound effect on computing choices. You have to see this for yourself in a video at Michael Verdi’s site; if you can spare two minutes, this is a must see.


Tax Man

I’m using it too on my MacBook. My MacBook has totally screwed up the big plan to only carry my Q1 with me from place to place. I don’t want to leave my Mac at home and I don’t want to leave it at the office, so I end up carrying the Q1 AND the MacBook. I’m thinking I will just have to get that mythical MacPad if it ever materializes! With this new Parallels, “coherency” is becoming a new part of my vocabulary. I’ve not only increased my “word power” but my productivity too.


Remember where you heard this- I predict that Apple will by the Parallels people pretty soon. You notice that all the advancements are coming to Parallels and Apple is no longer trying to advance Boot Camp? :)

Rob Bushway

I’ve got this new version running on my macbook pro right now, and I have to tell you it is amazing. The new coherency feature and dragging stuff from one xp window to a mac folder or desktop is fantastic.

Parallels simply rocks.

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