Virtualization is an essential tool these days for cross-platform development and testing. Parallels is a piece of software that allows you to create virtual machines that can run a variety of operating systems such as Linux and Windows. I use a MacBook Pro, so in order to run other operating systems, Parallels is the way to go.
Version 3.0 of Parallels Desktop for the Mac is on the verge of being released this June. If you are currently a Parallels Desktop for Mac customer, you can upgrade for only $40 before June 6th. That’s 50% off! Whoo!
Here’s a list of new features:
Completely Seamless User Experience:
- Cross OS application & file integration with Parallels SmartSelect
- Offline access to virtual machine files with Paralles Explorer
- Coherence 2.0, including shared folders and UI enhancements
- Linux Tools for seamless integration betwen Mac OS X and Linux
Native Hardware Experience
- 3D graphics support to play the hottest games and run the most popular applications
- Expanded support for USB 2.0 devices
- USB connection assistant quickly connects you to your OS of choice
- Shared printers for cross OS printing
- Significantly enhancements performance and audio quality
Protection against Mishaps
- Hit a problem? Quickly and easily go back in time to a clean VM state
- Bulletproof your VMs with SnapShots
- Control the levels of integration and isolation with Security Manager
- Make your virtual machine read-only
- Get virus and spyware protection with a FREE 6-month Kaspersky
They claim that 3D graphics are supported now, so you can run your favorite Windows games. I assume that you can run other 3D applications such as Autodesk Inventor or 3D Studio Max. I am curious if 3D acceleration is supported for Linux VMs.
I’ve already pre-ordered my upgrade. If you have a Intel-based Mac, you should seriously consider giving Parallels a try.