RENTON, Wash.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Parallels (www.parallels.com) today announced the Sept. 14th availability of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, the fastest, smartest and most powerful version yet of the number one selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting. With more than 80 new and enhanced features, Parallels Desktop 6 delivers unprecedented advances in productivity, performance and graphics – the areas people care about most.
“Parallels does a great job of making it even easier for people to switch to the Mac and allowing them to run Windows applications if they need to, side-by-side with their Mac applications and without rebooting.”
“Whether it’s for school, home, work or play, Parallels Desktop for Mac is the #1 choice of customers worldwide,” said Serguei Beloussov, Chairman and CEO, Parallels. “Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac delivers again on our proven track record of innovation with over 80 new and enhanced features that provides the fastest, simplest and most immersive Windows on Mac experience ever.”
The fastest just got faster! In product benchmark testing, results show Parallels Desktop 6 remains atop the performance rankings that people consider most important. 3D graphics run nearly 40 percent better than before1. Boot time for Windows is 41 percent faster than before2. Parallels Desktop 6 also boosts speed for working with files on USB drives, networks and in shared folders.
Parallels also announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition, which includes Parallels Desktop 6 plus new features specifically designed to make the move from PC to Mac smart and simple.
“The Mac is more popular than ever, with millions of people moving to the Mac from Windows,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. “Parallels does a great job of making it even easier for people to switch to the Mac and allowing them to run Windows applications if they need to, side-by-side with their Mac applications and without rebooting."
The Switch to Mac Edition provides a complete set of switching tools and includes a Parallels High-Speed USB data transfer cable. All of your programs, files, user settings and now even your browser favorites and bookmarks are automatically moved to your Mac. With one click, new pre-defined user profiles let you simply choose as little or as much Windows as you want. New on-demand interactive video tutorials make switching to the Mac a breeze.
More than 80 new and improved features of the Parallels Desktop 6 experience include:
Faster & More Powerful
Immersive Graphics & Audio Experience
Simpler & Smarter
Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac will be available for download, as well as packaged software for delivery, from Parallels.com starting on Sept. 14. Packaged software will also be available at Apple retail stores and Apple.com, Amazon.com, Fry’s Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other retail locations nationwide on Sept. 14.
The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is $79.99 and a student edition is available for $39.99. Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition is $99.99. Upgrades at $49.99 are available now for existing Parallels Desktop for Mac customers. Details are available online at www.parallels.com.
Customers who purchased Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac from an authorized reseller on or after August 15th, 2010, are eligible to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac at no additional cost, when it becomes available. Details are available online at www.parallels.com/keyfor6.
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac will be available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish starting Sept. 14. Additional localized versions will be available in Japanese, Russian, simplified and traditional Chinese, Czech and Polish in the coming weeks.
Volume pricing and site-license opportunities are also available by contacting the Parallels Sales Team at http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/volume-licensing/.
A free trial of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac will be available along with in-depth information, videos and screenshots of the new features at www.parallels.com, starting on Sept. 14.
Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and cloud services providers. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 700 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsMac and friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParallelsDesktop.
1, 2, 3 and 4: 3D and graphics performance tests conducted with 3DMark 2006 Professional. Select tests by Crimson Consulting Group, July 2010.