Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 announced

Amazing stuffs just in time for the weekend. Parallels, the makers of their flagship virtualization product Parallels Workstation has just announced an RC of Parallels for Mac 3.0, with the final to be available in just a few weeks.

The really jaw-dropping thing is that it will feature full 3D support for your favorite Windows-only OpenGL and DirectX games. That's right, you can now run these apps in a virtual machine on your Mac, without shutting down OS X!

Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 Screenshot

Also, there is a new feature called "SmartSelect", and according to the official Parallels blog

With SmartSelect, I set Word for Windows to be my default application to work with .doc, .rtf and .txt files, so when I double click a file with that extension in either OS – even if it is an email attachment in Apple Mail – the file instantly opens the file in Word. I've also configure SmartSelect to open all hyperlinks clicked in either OS to open in Firefox for Mac, and for all email to route through Apple Mail. This is total OS integration on a file and application level...put it together with Coherance, and you have the most seamless user experience possible.

Coherence is the feature that displays only specific application windows of the virtualized environment. Imagine your Microsoft Media Player or Windows Explorer running on your Mac desktop. Bizarre? Check this out.

There are supposed to be over 50 great new features, though they will be made known only over the next few weeks.

So what do you think? Will this be the final push needed to push Windows us over to those mouth-watering Mac hardware? Join the discussion.


Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.


how does this compare with vmware for mac ?


As far as I know, VMware has yet to release Vmware for Mac yet. Compared to Parallels, it is already their 3rd edition (when released). Also, the ability to "see" non-OS X "windows" natively on the desktop is really superb. Not to say the new ability to run 3D games. So at the moment, I would say that Parallels has the definite lead for at least the mid-term.


So what do you think? Will this be the final push needed to push Windows us over to those mouth-watering Mac hardware?

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