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November 4, 2009updated 23 Aug 2016 3:01pm

Parallels Desktop 5 launch adds Win 7 support

70 enhancements added

By Janine Milne

Parallels has launched version 5 of its virtualisation application designed to bring greater choice for Apple users running Windows.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac enables Apple users to run different operating systems, including Windows 7. Among the 70 enhancements to the latest version, Parallels claimed a 300% increase in speed of virtual machine operations with even greater performance improvements for 3D and graphics performance.

Users can choose whether they want to see Windows in full screen size or take advantage of the new Crystal view mode, which makes Windows invisible to the user.

“There are many improvements, including a sevenfold increase in graphics performance and support for Windows Areo. Users can see as much or little of Windows as they like. If users don’t care much for the Windows background and just want to use the application they can keep the look and feel of the Mac,” said Perry Warner, Parallels’s Apple channel manager.

The upgrade costs £34.99 for existing users and is free to those who bought version 4 after October 1.

 

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