Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac released: downloads virtually crawling



For those that were waiting: it’s here! Parallels Desktop for Mac v. 3.0 just arrived and by the looks of it, Mac users are chomping at the virtual bit. Marc Orchant just tweeted the following on Twitter: "The Parallels servers are getting slammed. Downloading 3.0 now @ ~ 17K/sec" Can you say sever meltdown?

So what’s the big deal and is it worth it? You betcha…

I’ve been using the prior version of Parallels ever since I got myMacBook Pro; aside from the faster battery drain and higher heat build up on the Mac, it’s simply an amazing piece of software. Youcan try it free for 15 days but I don’t think you’ll need that long todecide if it’s worth the $79. Prior owners can upgrade for $49, so I’lllikely be taking advantage of that deal.

So what’s new in this iteration? Here’s a listing of what you can do with Parallels, both old and new functionality:

  • Use Windows and Mac OS X at the same time…without rebooting
  • Run Windows programs like native Mac applications with Parallels Coherence
  • New! Open Windows files with Mac programs and Mac files in Windows programs with Parallels SmartSelect
  • Share files and folders between Windows and Mac OS X
  • New! Browse through Windows folders and access files without launching Windows with Parallels Explorer
  • New! Run today’s most popular PC games on a Mac with support for 3D graphics
  • Achieve maximum performance by leveraging Intel® Virtualization Technology
  • New! Protect your Windows with Parallels Snapshots
  • Migrate your entire existing PC to your Mac with Parallels Transporter

The big draws in this version in my mind are the Open GL / DirectX 3D support plus the ability to open files from one OS in a native program of another OS. OK….time to join the download queue!



Parallels was the one app that let me move to a Mac. My work still requires Windows and I really wanted to get away from MS in my personal life.

I’ve been more than happy with the experience and recommend it to all that will listen.

Oddly enough when my wife got a new laptop with Vista on it (the price was too good to bypass) and needed to run some business software that would not run on Vista we first tried VMware and then Virtual PC and both had problems with different things (wireless network, shares, etc).

I finally decided to try Parallels for PC and although not as polished as the Mac version, it’s been working really well. I don’t feel bad about cost even when there are free versions of other vm products available.

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