Parallels Desktop for Mac

Version: 5 || Release Date: 2009-11-04 || License: Commercial with demo ($79.99) Developer: Parallels, Inc. | App Owner: marcus

Parallels Desktop for Mac is the first solution for Intel-Macs that give you the flexibility of running Windows on a Mac seamlessly without rebooting. The upgraded 3.0 version delivers 3D Graphics Support to play the hottest games and run the most popular applications, cross OS application & file integration with SmartSelect, control the levels of integration and isolation with Security Manager and bulletproofing your VMs with SnapShots.

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20 Opinions

A fantastic piece of software. I almost wish that my need for it wasn't disappear (thanks to fantastic new Mac app development). Almost.

One of the most amazing software programs in Mac history. Kudos to Parallels for making Windows a fast and stable addition to Intel Macs.

It'a a nice application that has many features and does a great job virtualixing other Operating systems, although I have no real use for it.

Actually it only gets slow because it eats a LOT of ram. Expect it to eat 400 mb for a 256 mb VM. So if you have 512 mb it will become slow very fast and still become slow if you have 1 GB and lots of other apps.

Other than that it is excellent. I prepurchased it the day I tested it. If you can get your hands on the slimmed down version of XP named, TinyXP rev03 (runs fine in a 128 mb VM) then you have the perfect solution for testing websites on explorer or such things without eating all your ram.

Wish I had an Intel Mac to run this on :(

Check out this article titled "Change Parallels Desktop 1.0's caching strategy"
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060622090404212

Astonishingly well done, from a company I never heard from six months ago. Has allowed my wife (who works in real estate) to permanently retire her Dell laptop in favor of her MacBook.

This is the best way to run Windows on a Mac, since it runs at near-native speed and doesn't require rebooting.

Very cool software, but the current version can get slow if you open a lot of other applications in OS X at the same time.

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