Parallels ships third beta of Desktop for Mac

Parallels Inc. in Renton, Wash., has released a third beta version of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

The new version of the prerelease virtualization software includes support for upgrading a virtual Windows XP system to Windows Vista.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate 3 (Build 3170) will be made available to registered customers for free when it reaches final version status.

Additional improvements in the software include USB 2.0 support. Also included is a full virtual CD/DVD drive, allowing users to burn CDs and DVDs directly into their virtual machines and to play any copy-protected CD or DVD. Other improvements include those made to Coherence, a feature that lets Mac users run a Windows application without needing to enter the Windows environment.

The update also provides more support for Apple's own Boot Camp software.

Drag-and-drop functionality, a redesigned user interface and software to migrate data from real or virtual Windows PCs to a Mac-hosted virtual machine are also in the new beta release.

The beta software is available for purchase and download online. It costs $84.

This story, "Parallels ships third beta of Desktop for Mac" was originally published by Macworld U.K..

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