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Historical [ edit ]Released on June 15, 2006, it was the first software product to bring virtualization mainstream to Macintosh computers utilizing the AppleIntel architecture (earlier software products ran PC software in an emulated environment). Its name initially was Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X, which was consistent with the companys corresponding Linux and Windows products. This name was not well received within the Mac community, where some felt that the name, particularly the term workstation, evoked the aesthetics of a Windows product.
Parallels agreed: Since weve got a great Mac product, we should make it look and sound like a Mac product..., it was therefore renamed Parallels Desktop for Mac. On January 10, 2007, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac was awarded Best in Show at MacWorld 2007.  Technical [ edit ]Parallels Desktop for Mac is a hardware emulation virtualization software, using hypervisor technology that works by mapping the host computers hardware resources directly to the virtual machines resources. Each virtual machine thus operates identically to a standalone computer, with virtually all the resources of a physical computer.
 Because all guest virtual machines use the same hardware drivers irrespective of the actual hardware on the host computer, virtual machine instances are highly portable between computers. For example, a running virtual machine can be stopped, copied to another physical computer, and restarted. Parallels Desktop for Mac is able to virtualize a full set of standard PC hardware, includingA virtualized CPU of the same type as the hosts physical processor,ACPI compliance system,A generic motherboard compatible with the Intel i965 chipset,Up to 64 GB of RAM for guest virtual machines,Up to 2 GB of video RAM (VRAM),VGA and SVGA video adapter with VESA 3.0 support and OpenGL and DirectX 10.1 acceleration,A 1.44 MB floppy drive, which can be mapped to a physical drive or to an image file,Up to four IDE devices. This includes virtual hard drives ranging in size from 20 MB to 2 TB each and CD/DVD-ROM drives. Virtual CD/DVD-ROM drives can be mapped to either physical drives or ISO image files. DVD/CD-ROM pass-through access,Up to four serial ports that can be mapped to a pipe or to an output file,Up to three bi-directional parallel ports, each of which can be mapped to a real port, to a real printer, or to an output file,An Ethernet virtual network card compatible with Realtek RTL8029(AS), capable of up to 16 network interface connections,Up to eight USB 2.0 devices and two USB 1.1 devices,An AC97-compatible sound card.
A 104-key Windows enhanced keyboard and a PS/2 wheel mouse. Version 2.5 [ edit ]The first official release of version 2.5 was on February 27, 2007, as build 3186. Version 2.5 brought support for USB 2.0 devices, which expanded the number of USB devices supported at native speed, including support for built in iSight USB web-cams. The amount of video RAM allocated to the guest OS was made adjustable, up to 32MB.
Full featured CD/DVD drives arrived in this version, which allowed the user to burn disks directly in the virtual environment, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD as one would in OS X. In addition, a shared clipboard and drag-drop support between OS X and the guest OS was implemented. This version brought the ability for users with a Windows XP installation to upgrade to Windows Vista from within the VM environment.  A new feature known as Coherence was added, which removed the Windows chrome, desktop, and the virtualization frames to create a more seamless desktop environment between Windows and OS X applications. This version also allowed users to boot their existing Boot Camp Windows XP partitions, which eliminated the need to have multiple Windows installations on their Mac.
A tool called Parallels Transporter was included to allow users to migrate their Windows PC, or existing VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels Desktop for Mac. Netsys lawsuit [ edit ]This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (November 2015)In 2007, the German company Netsys GmbH sued Parallels German distributor Avanquest for copyright violation, claiming that Parallels Desktop and Parallels Workstation are directly based on a line of products called twoOStwo that Parallels developed on paid commission for Netsys, of which it says, Netsys has been assigned all copyrights. Additionally, the lawsuit claimed that Parallels Desktop 2.5s compatibility with twoOStwo showed that the two software products are run by essentially the same functional core.  When Netsys lost its initial urgency proceeding, it filed a new suit, in which it requested a temporary injunction from the Landgericht district court of Berlin.
 Version 3.0 [ edit ]On June 7, 2007 build 4124 was released as the first publicly available version of Desktop 3.0. Version 3.0 retained all of the functionality from previous versions and added new features and tools. Support for DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL was added, allowing Mac users to play some Windows games without the need to boot into Windows with Boot Camp.  A new feature called SmartSelect offers cross OS file and application integration by allowing the user to open Windows files with OS X programs and vice versa. Parallels Explorer was introduced, which allows the user to browse their Windows system files in OS X without actually launching Windows. A new snapshot feature was included, allowing one to restore their virtual machine environment to a previous state in case of issues.
Further, Parallels added a security manager to limit the amount of interaction between the Windows and OS X installations. This version included a long awaited complete Parallels tools driver suite for Linux guest operating systems. Therefore, integration between OS X and Linux guest-OSs has been greatly improved.
Despite the addition of numerous new features, tools and added functionality, the first iteration of Desktop for Mac 3.0 may be missing some of features that Parallels had planned for it. A Parallels, Inc. representative stated at MacWorld in January 2007 that version 3.0 would bring accelerated graphics, multi-core virtual machines/virtual SMP, some SCSI support, a more Mac-like feel, as well as a more sophisticated coherence mode, dubbed Coherence 2.0.  While accelerated graphics have materialised, Coherence, as well as the overall look and feel of Parallels Desktop for Mac has only changed slightly. Also, SCSI support has not been implemented. It is currently unknown if these features have been abandoned altogether, or if they will show up in a later build of version 3.0.
Build 4560, released on July 17, 2007, added an imaging tool which allowed users to add capacity to their virtual disks. Feature update [ edit ]Parallels Coherence in ExposBuild 5160, released on September 11, 2007, added some new features and updated some current features. The release focused on updates to Coherence, with support for Expos, window shadows, transparent windows, and the ability to overlap several Windows and Mac windows. Further, Parallels Image Tool was updated to allow one to change their virtual hard disk format between plain and expanding. Parallels Explorer was updated to allow for one to automatically mount an offline VM hard drive to the Mac desktop.
Some new features added are iPhone support in Windows, allowing iTunes in Windows to sync with it.  Users can now mirror desktops or other folders. Further, Mac drives can now be mapped by Windows and sound devices can now be changed on the fly. Up to 2 GB of RAM can be allocated to a virtual machine, with a total of 4 GB of RAM available.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 5608 added support for guest Parallels Tools for Linux in the latest Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 8). It also added support for running 3D graphics in Windows virtual machines on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.3. Use of code from the Wine project [ edit ]According to Parallels Licensing page, Desktop for Mac version 3.0 contains Direct3D code that was originally developed by the Wine open source project.  Wine software is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which required Parallels to release the source code.
Parallels released the modified source code on July 2, 2007, about 2 weeks after the promised release date.  A Parallels spokesman explained the reasons for the delay in a message on the official company blog.  Version 4.0 [ edit ]Version 4.0, released November 11, 2008, updates its GUI, adds some new features, enhances its performance by up to 50% and has been developed to consume 1530% less power than previous versions.  Version 4.0 is the first version of Parallels Desktop that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems.
Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Macs 3D support includes DirectX 9.0, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2.0 as well as 256 MB video memory. It also adds support for 8 GB RAM in a virtual machine and 8-way SMP. Parallels Desktop 4.0 introduces an adaptive hypervisor, which allows users to focus the host computers resources towards either host or the guest operating system.
Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac adds some new features such as:A fourth viewing mode called Modality, which allows users to scale the size of an active guest operating system on the Macs desktopA new screenshot utility called Clips, which lets users take and share screenshots between the host and the guest operating systems. Start Menu integration and Automatic Windows Notifications on the Apple Menu Bar. The ability to use select voice commands to remotely control the virtual machine. The ability to start and stop a virtual machine via the iPhone.
(Requires installing an iPhone application from Apples AppStore.)Since the Version 4.0 release, Parallels Desktop for Mac has a new logo. The new logo has what resembles an aluminum iMac, with what appears to be Windows XP on the screen and 2 parallel red lines overlaid on right side. Feature update [ edit ]Build 3810, released January 9, 2009, includes performance enhancements and features, such as DirectX 9.0 Shaders Model 2 and Vertex Shader support for additional 3D support Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE4) for better media applications performance. Build 3810 also adds support for running Windows 7 in a VM and for running Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server as either a host or as a guest OS. Also included are usability features such as the ability to share Windows files by dragging them directly to a Mac application in Mac Dock. Windows can now also automatically start in the background when a user opens a Windows application on the Mac desktop.
Version 4.0 drew criticism for problems upgrading from Version 3.0 shortly after its initial release.  Build 3810 also addresses installation and upgrade issues previously experienced with Version 4.0 and introduces the option to enroll in the companys new Customer Experience Program, which lets customers provide information about their preferences and user priorities. Version 5 [ edit ]Officially released on November 4, 2009, Parallels Desktop 5 adds several new features, mainly to improve integration with the host OS. New features include:3D graphics and speed improvementsOptimized for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)Support for Windows 7Theming of Windows applications to make them look like native applicationsSupport for Multi-Touch gestures (from a trackpad or Magic Mouse) and the Apple RemoteThe ability to drag and drop formatted text and images between Windows, Linux, and Mac applications,The ability for a system administrator to lock down a virtual machine so that users cant change the state of the virtual machine,Support for OpenGL 2.1 for Linux guest virtual machines. support for DirectX 9c with Shader Model 3. Feature update [ edit ]Build 9308, released on December 21, 2009, added some new features.
 Linux guest operating systems [ edit ]Parallels Tools support Xorg 1.7 in Fedora 12 virtual machines (experimental)Parallels Tools support Mandriva 2010 (experimental)OpenSUSE 11.1 installation media auto detection Virtualization [ edit ]Improved performance for USB mass storage. Windows guest operating systems [ edit ]Improved resume from suspend in virtual machines with multiple monitors assigned. Improved performance of file access via Shared Folders. 3D and video [ edit ]Improved performance for video playback in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows Aero is not available by default for machines with Intel GMA X3100 and GMA 950 graphic adapters (some MacBook and Mac Mini models).
It is available on MacBooks with NVIDIA 9400M graphics cards. Vertical synchronization is now configurable. You can configure these settings using the corresponding option in the virtual machine video configuration page.
Improved 3D performance for the video game Mirrors Edge. OS X Server guest operating system [ edit ]The ability to pass kernel options to the OS X Server guest OS has been added. To do so, enable the Select boot device on startup option in the virtual machine configuration: it will enable you to specify the necessary kernel options in the 5-seconds timeout before booting the kernel. Version 6 [ edit ]Officially announced on September 9, 2010 and launched on September 14, 2010, Parallel 6 supports full 64-bit support for the first time. Parallels claims that Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac [has] over 80 new and improved features, including speed 40% above the previous version. Specific new features include:An all-new 64-bit engine5.1 Surround Sound supportBetter import implementation of VMware, Virtual PC virtual machines and Boot Camp partitionsImproved network, hard drive and Transporter performanceWindows program Spotlight integrationFaster Windows launch timeEnhanced 3D graphics that are 40% better than previous versionsAbility to extend OS X Parental Controls to Windows applicationsAbility to use OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows applicationsEnhanced Spaces and Expos support Version 7 [ edit ]Officially announced on September 1, 2011 and released on September 6, 2011, Parallels Desktop 7 adds many new features, compared to its previous version.
The list below contains most important features (according to developers website) but is not exhaustive:Integration with Mac OS X Lion:Full-screen supportUse of Launchpad for Windows appsMission Control supportLion as a guest OSLion animations supportImproved user interfaceNew standard help and documentationShared devices with OS XLonger battery lifeOS X parental controls supportSupport for Intel AES-NI encryptionEnhanced performance and 3D graphicsSupport for up to 1GB video memory in virtual machineEnhanced audio support - up to 192kHzSurround sound 7.1Added support for Windows 7 Version 8 [ edit ]Officially announced on August 22, 2012 and released on September 4, 2012, Parallels Desktop 8 adds many new features, compared to its previous version. Mountain Lion as a guest OSRetina resolution can be passed to virtual machinesWindows 7 and Windows 8 automatically optimised for best experience on RetinaParallels Desktop notificationsNotification Center support for Windows 8 toast notificationsMountain Lion Dictation in Windows appsFull screen on demand for Windows applications in CoherencePresentation WizardOpen in Internet Explorer button for SafariDrag & drop file to Outlook in the Dock opens new email with attachmentMulti-language Keyboard Sync in Mac and WindowsFull support for new Modern UI Windows 8 applications (Dock, Mission Control, Launchpad)Reworked Keyboard shortcuts preferencesUse the standard OS X system preferences to set Parallels Desktop application shortcuts. Resources (CPU/RAM) monitoringIndication for VM hard drive space usageShared BluetoothImproved Virtual Machine boot time/Windows boots time are up to 25% faster than previous versionPause & resume Windows up to 25% faster than previous versionInput/output (I/O) operations are up to 35% faster than previous versionGames run up to 30% faster than previous versionDirectX 10 supportFull USB 3.0 support for faster connections to peripheral devices for Virtual Machines starting from Parallels Desktop 8.0.18305 (see http://kb.parallels.com/en/115008) Version 9 [ edit ]Officially announced on August 29, 2013 and released on September 5, 2013, Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac adds includes these new features and enhancements over previous versions:Brings back the real Start menu for Windows 8 and enables Modern apps in separate windows instead of full screenPower Nap support, so applications stay up-to-date on Retina Display Mac