Parallels Adds Full Mac OS X 10.5 Support, Launches Premium Edition


SWsoft has released an update for its virtualization software for Mac OS X, Parallels Desktop. The latest build (3.0 build 5582) brings full support for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). It also brings various other, minor enhancements added since the previous build, released at the end of November. The company has also shipped a new suite called Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition, which bundles the core virtualization software with various Windows utilities.

Parallels Desktop is a virtualization solution that allows users to run Windows on Intel-based Mac systems, such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iMac, and Mac mini. The latest build, according to the company, offers full Mac OS X 10.5 support, along with several other enhancements to the virtualization engine (SMBios support and improvements to performance for guests under Vista and XP); port forwarding for shared networking; expanded support for virtual devices; and the ability to migrate Boot Camp partitions to Parallels virtual disk images, among other improvements.

The company also yesterday launched a new Parallels Desktop bundle package. Dubbed Parallels Premium Edition for Mac, the suite includes the main Parallels Desktop software plus tools for Windows, including:

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 for malware protection;
  • Acronis True Image 11 Home for backup; and
  • Acronis Disk Director Suite for disk management.

Both Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition and Parallels Desktop 3.0 build 5582 are available now. The Premium Edition runs $99.99. The update to the latest build of the core software is available free for Parallels Desktop 3.0 users.

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