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Parallels Desktop 4.0 Gets Performance Boost, DirectX 9.0 Support

Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 4.0, an update to the company's desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The new version adds more than 50 new features, including support for DirectX 9.0 and significant performance improvements.

Parallels Desktop is a virtualization solution that allows users to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems alongside Mac OS X on Intel-based Apple hardware, such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and iMac. The new 4.0 release, which began shipping on Tuesday, offers up to 50 percent faster performance than Parallels Desktop 3.0, according to the company.

Other features in version 4.0 cited by the company are:

  • Support for DirectX 9.0, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2.0;
  • New security and backup features integrated into the software, including Acronis True Image Home (backup and restore), Acronis Disk Director Suite, and Parallels Internet Security (firewall, scanner, antivirus);
  • Adaptive Hypervisor for dynamic allocation of resources;
  • An overall 15 percent to 30 percent improvement in resource consumption via an optimized virtualization engine;
  • A redesigned user interface;
  • New Screenview modes;
  • Speech recognition;
  • A new Security Manager feature; and
  • Support for more than 45 guest operating systems.

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac is available now for $79.99 for the full version. Upgrades will run $39.99 through the end of the month. Free upgrades are available for those who purchased Parallels Desktop 3.0 on Sept. 1 or later. Volume and site licenses are also available. A 15-day evaluation version is also available. Further information, including links to downloads, can be found here.

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