Parallels Desktop for Mac

by Bruce Elgort

Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 1940 is now available for Intel based Macs. New features include support for Mac Pros, Windows Vista and OS X Leopard and improved suppoort for USB devices including webcams and Windows Mobile 2005.

I have been running Parallels Desktop on a Macbook Pro with 2GB of RAM since May 2006 and it has performed extremely well. Windows XP, Domino Designer, Domino Administrator and Visual Studio run very well.

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Sounds great!

I have one Problem with Parallels, Fritz Book an my MacBook (black, 2GB of RAM). No Possibility to use Wifi with Parallels. So i need BootCamp only to be online (with Windows XP) to use the Lotus Notes Client 6.5 and the Cisco VPN Connector with an USB Smartstick (Alladin) to secure the vpn connection.

Works for me with Bootcamp - any idear with Parallels?

Thomas Meier, 2006-10-12


My wifi works on Parallels. I first set wifi on OS X to the WAP I want to use and presto it works under Parallels. I wonder why you can't connect to yours? Have you checked under the Devices menu in Parallels to ensure you have the VM connected to the Network?

Bruce Elgort, 2006-10-12

parallels is great, even more than boot camp. it took me some time to get my bootcamp installation to work with parallels, but it does now.
only one thing anoying: no usb2 support, specially no high-bandwith on usb devices (VoIP)...
looking forward for the new version!

Samuel Adam, 2006-10-13

Wifi works great for me, too. On the minus side, USB is still 1.1 only. Otherwise, though, I'm a huge Parallels fan. On my MBP with 2 GB, launching Notes 7 is faster than it is on my (similar spec) Thinkpad. Good times, good times.

I didn't read the release notes, of course (what, me RTFM?), but is the OS-logo displaying on top of the Parallels logo in the dock new? Or did I just miss it before (hint: they call me Captain Oblivious for a reason...)?

Rob McDonagh, 2006-10-13

Parallels on PC apparently outperforms VMware and MS Virtual PC (according to Steve Gibson) - but it is missing the killer VMware feature: branching and snapshots (which is a VMware patent).

Chris Dehon, 2006-10-13

Chris, in fairness, VMWare and Parallels seek to address different use-cases. VMWare, with its snapshot functionality, is excellent for setting-up and tearing-down uniform environments for testing and whatever else. Parallels seems to be purely about running one or more OSs in tandem with OS X. (I could be wrong, mind).

I think there’s space in the market for both solutions (assuming VMWare ever actually deliver on the OS X promise of course!)

Ben Poole, 2006-10-13

Chris was talking about Parallels on the PC where it competes head on with VMware and VirtualPC.

Volker Weber, 2006-10-13

Doh, my mistake, I was in Mac-land :o)

Despite not having the proprietary VMware stuff, it’s pretty compelling for the PC, isn’t it? I mean, price-wise?

Ben Poole, 2006-10-13

Pricewise, Microsoft tries to destroy this market:

Whether Microsoft virtualization technology is an important component of your existing infrastructure or you're just a Virtual PC enthusiast, you can now download Virtual PC 2004 absolutely free. Microsoft will also offer the free download of Virtual PC 2007, with support for Windows Vista, available in 2007.

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Volker Weber, 2006-10-13

More on Microsoft, Vista, and virtualisation. If true, this seems pretty naff:

UNEASYSilence - Microsoft to virtual computers: “Pay More”.

Ben Poole, 2006-10-18

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