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Parallels Desktop 5.0 for Mac

by Nova Development US
Mac OS X
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews) 5 answered questions


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Product Features

  • Run Windows up to 3 times faster than Parallels Desktop 40 for Mac
  • Optimized for Mac OS X 106 Snow Leopard
  • Support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7
  • Use Multi-Touch trackpad gestures to control Windows applications
  • Full support for Mac OS X Server, 8 virtual CPUs and 64-bit Windows

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002QARRBM
  • Item model number: 40912
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 3, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,974 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Parallels Desktop for Mac makes it possible to run Windows, Linux, and more side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting. With Parallels’ award-winning virtualization technology, you can run Mac OS X and your favorite Windows applications at the same time. You can even drag-and-drop files between desktops! Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is the biggest upgrade ever with 60+ new features and enhancements.

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With more than 2 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is easier than ever to use with its brand new Mac user interface and lightning-fast performance. This new version is packed with over 70 new features that make running Windows programs on a Mac completely seamless.

Performance and innovation make Parallels #1. Now includes more than 70 powerful new features! Click to enlarge.

Run Mac OS X and Windows side by side. Now with support with Windows 7. Click to enlarge.

Coherence makes Windows programs run and act like Mac applications. Click to enlarge.

Remotely manage your Parallels virtual machine with our Free iPhone App.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac delivers brand new features plus performance enhancements including full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, enhanced 3D graphics and optimization for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. New Features in Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac include:

  • Run Windows up to 3 times faster than previous version.
  • Support for Aero in Windows Vista & 7: Get the complete Windows experience with Aero animation.
  • Smart Copy and Paste: Easily move formatted text and images between Windows and Mac Applications
  • Coherence Mode: Seamlessly run Windows programs alongside Mac applications.
  • 3D Graphics Support: Run 3D applications with DirectX 9Ex and OpenGL 2.1
  • Optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Take advantage of Apple's latest operating system.
  • Plus additional performance and general enhancements, such as:

    • Runs Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and more
    • Improved USB device connectivity and performance
    • Use Multi-touch gestures, Spaces and Exposé
    • Up to 7 times faster graphics performance than previous version
    • Full support for Mac OS X Server, 8 virtual CPUs and 64-bit Windows

Run Windows on Your Mac the Easy Way. Right Alongside Mac OS X.
Parallels Desktop for Mac makes it possible to run Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux and more side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting. With Parallels' award-winning virtualization technology, you can run Mac OS X and your favorite Windows applications at the same time. You can even drag-and-drop files between desktops! Launch Windows applications like Mac applications--right from your Mac's dock.

Parallels Desktop for Mac 5 is the biggest upgrade ever with over 70 new features. It also comes with a complete suite of essential tools you need to run Windows on a Mac. Parallels Desktop now ships with $175 in bonus software including Kaspersky Internet Security, Acronis Disk Director and Acronis True Image.

Lightning-fast performance
Parallels Desktop takes advantage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors and Intel VT-x2 hardware accelerated virtualization, for near-native speed and rock-solid performance. With support for up to 8 GB RAM and up to 8 CPUs, Parallels Desktop for Mac delivers maximum performance.

Unmatched Compatibility
Enjoy all the benefits of having a Mac and keep running the Windows programs you can't live without. Parallels Desktop for Mac runs thousands of Windows applications and is compatible with your favorite USB devices including mobile phones, printers, scanners and GPS devices. With Parallels Desktop you can run any version of Windows, including 7, Vista and XP, as well as Linux, FreeBSD, even MS-DOS, at the same time as OS X! Parallels also supports running Mac OS X Leopard Server in a virtual machine.

Comprehensive Protection and Privacy
Parallels Internet Security by Kaspersky protects your Windows programs from virus and spyware threats and even includes a firewall and anti-spam tools. Parallels Desktop also includes SmartGuard instant "snapshots" which make backup and recovery easier than ever.

Additional Features

  • Advanced virtualization engine with lightning-fast performance
  • Use Windows on your Mac without rebooting
  • Install Windows XP, Vista or 7 in 3 easy steps
  • Run literally thousands of Windows apps, like Outlook, Access, Project, Quicken and QuickBooks--all at near-native speed.
  • Easily share files between Mac and Windows
  • Launch Windows apps directly from the Mac Dock.
  • Run more than 60 different OSs, including Linux, BSD and more.
  • Run Mac OS X and Windows on multiple monitors.
  • Migrate your existing PC to your Mac. Even import Boot Camp partitions and VMware Fusion virtual machines.
  • Use iPhone to manage virtual machines
  • SmartGuard's instant "snapshots" make backup and recovery easier than ever.
  • Unmatched Ease of Use

Includes $175 in Essential Windows Software

  • Parallels Internet Security by Kaspersky protects against virus and spyware threats, plus firewall and anti-spam. $79.99 value
  • Acronis TrueImage Home backup and recovery software for Windows. $49.99 value
  • Acronis Disk Director Suite disk partitioning software for Windows. $49.95 value

With more than 1 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is the #1 Mac System Utility.*

90 Day Money Back Guarantee
If you are not completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop for Mac for any reason, you may return the software directly to Nova Development within 90 days of purchase for your money back.

*No. 1 claim based on NPD Techworld Reports for the period 8/1/06 - 9/30/09. Reviews and awards cited may be for previous versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows operating system sold separately.



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than VMWare Fusion 3 November 15, 2009
By P. Lau
I used this and used VMWare Fusion 3. Both have issues. But Parallels has fewer deal breaking issues. So I chose Parallels. I use a 13" MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard. I run Windows 7 in the VM. Here are my findings:

Parallels 5

Pros: Fast, rock solid

Cons: Windows Manager (which manages the Aero interface) keeps crashing under 2 CPU configuration. So Aero is really usable under 1 CPU configuration. Windows 7 cannot even run all the tests to calculate the Windows Experience Index with 2 CPU configuration due to video issue.

VMWare Fusion 3

Pros: It runs

Cons:
Aero exhibits random missing tile effect. That is, random patches of square of the user interface would "lag" and appear missing for a fraction of a second. DirectX implementation apparently isn't that good.

The share OS X folders with VM implementation is retarded. All shared folders appear under one virtual drive in the VM. What it means is the root of the virtual drive is not writable.

It is not fast. I ran a time consuming task in Parallels, it took about 10 minutes to finish. I ran the same task in VMWare, I lost patience after maybe 15-20 minutes. I went and took a shower just to give it enough time to finish.

I highly recommend getting the trial versions of both software and see which one works for you. For me the speed of VMWare and that dumb shared folder implementation are the deal breakers for me and so I went with Parallels.

Parallels gets 4 stars out of 5 because of the Aero problem under 2 CPU configuration.

---------- Update 1/5/2010 ----------

Parallels has released the first update to Desktop 5.0 for Mac, which has fixed the Aero problem under 2 CPU configuration. Aero is rock solid now.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IF you know what you're doing. March 31, 2010
Meaning...it's 4 stars IF you know what you're doing. If you're a newbie to VMs in generals, go with VMWare.

Why do I say that? Well, there are a few reasons. In a nutshell though, if you're not resourceful and self-sufficient, Parallels is likely to get on your nerves. You should not expect to be coddled, nor should you expect flawless support, or even support anywhere near the caliber of other end user applications. That's fine...IF you know what you're doing. Now, I understand that Parallels really tries to pitch this to people telling them that a caveman could set this up and that nobody should have a problem continuing to use Windows in their daily lives. Unfortunately, newbies need to understand that virtual machines aren't nearly that easy to work with. They can be, but by default they are not. There are a lot of factors that go into setting up, managing and supporting a virtual machine. So much so that there are certification courses about it, which should tell you something.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE VM EXPERIENCE:

A virtual machine, or VM, is essentially a file or group of files made up of part of your hard drive, and run in an emulation-type environment. What this then does is feed pseudo-hardware specs to the operating system, which then installs the proper drivers. This has the benefit of disconnecting you from the hardware you own and allowing you to work with operating systems that may not necessarily work well on your base hardware, but it also allows you to run almost any OS within your MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro's operating system without the need to reboot your computer. If you work with Windows at your job, you'll be able to see the immediate benefits of such an arrangement.
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109 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad support November 27, 2009
The truth is, Parallels does a good enough job running many applications that you may just think this program is great. If your programs DO work under Parallels, you should consider yourself as lucky as a lottery winner.

If anything DOESN'T work in Parallels Desktop, you just bought a ticket to trouble. The first step in the "support dance" is to contact them with your problem. They provide email support, so you'll get a reply asking for more detail. You will send the detail and nothing further will come back.

Then, in a few days, they'll send an email asking if it's OK to close the support request. Close it? You just opened it and nothing has been done! You will convey this in a pithy email. Another day goes by, then a response with some boilerplate like "how to install the software" or some other useless FAQ. You will reply with the original problem, in as much detail as you can manange.

Anther day or two, then a response asking for more clarification. You clarify. Another day then EUREKA! They have duplicated the problem and now they're handing it off to the technical team! But don't uncork the champagne yet....

A few weeks go by. You send a message inquiring about the issue. A polite reply saying their technical team is working on it and they have no idea when a fix will be ready. A few more weeks go by. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

Then, a new fixpack is ready! You try to still your heart as you download the 85M install file and apply it to your defective system. Breathlessly you fire up the virtual machine and try to run the broken program. Disappointment creeps back when you realize the fix was not implemented in the new fixpack.

Back to the emails. Loop again. And again. And again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible, no support Beware! there are other solutions save your money!! Boot camp works for free
Published 25 days ago by JohnBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works great!
Published 2 months ago by J. Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to use both mac and pc software
Great way to use both mac and pc software
Published 3 months ago by r sikorski
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cool to have
Published 4 months ago by Marcus Dawkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work for the Mac I purchased it for.
Only works with Intel Macs, not PowerPC. This fact wasn't specifically in the information on line, but found it when I went to install it and it was on the box but cannot be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Skylane182
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product
If you really need to use PC software on a Mac, get this. Parallels is the best.
The latest version is even better. Be sure to get the latest version. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PL
3.0 out of 5 stars Apple OS and Microsoft PC
I think this company makes a great product. As all other software developers, upgrades are required. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jerry Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Parallels is a must for any Mac user. I'm on the newest version of it now. Its a great product and works flawlessly.
Published 13 months ago by Derek Capri
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels Desktop for Mac
I bought this for my daughter so she could install and use Microsoft applications on her Mac. It's worked great for her and it's easy to use. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MadelynnF
3.0 out of 5 stars This makes my computer slow
Bought this because i needed to use Windows apps on my Mac.
At first, it works fine, but as time goes, my Mac is getting slower. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yudhi Wiyono
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