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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:25 AM   #1
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Parallels 4 'Released'

Just got an email from the Parallels team offering Parallels 4 upgrade downloading now post pics after I have installed it.

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Hello, Joshua Ridgway

Thank you for purchasing Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac - the leading solution to run Windows on a Mac.

We are happy to announce that Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac is now available. Easy, fast and powerful Windows on Mac computing just got even better! Learn more about Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac’s 50+ new features and enhancements.

Because you purchased Parallels Desktop 3.0 after September 1, 2008, you qualify for the FREE upgrade grace period program!
Your Upgrade Keys:

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******-******-******-******-******


We welcome you to download Parallels Desktop 4.0 and install it on your Mac.

Please, provide this key to program after the installation.
Note: If you’re doing a fresh installation of Parallels Desktop 4.0 on a Mac then you’ll need an activation key from version 3.0.

If you have any questions about upgrading, please visit our upgrade FAQ page.

Thank you for choosing Parallels Desktop for Mac – the leading solution to run Windows on a Mac!

The Parallels Team
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:42 AM   #2
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They must of sent the email by mistake its just a new build not version 4
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:45 AM   #3
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lol!!

i upgraded my versio of 3.0 last night... i didn't see any mention of 4 though.. although i know 4 has been beta tested etc..
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:48 AM   #4
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ars claim it's released and a whole heap faster. Note this is not a free upgrade unless you purchased recently...
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:54 AM   #5
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ars claim it's released and a whole heap faster. Note this is not a free upgrade unless you purchased recently...
booo.. ars say that
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The normal retail price will remain the same at $79.99, but existing users of Parallels Desktop 3.0 can upgrade for 50 percent off until the end of November. If you purchased Desktop 3.0 after September 1, you get a free upgrade. Lucky lucky.
i upgraded mine in feb 2008!! so will have to pay to upgrade..
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 03:58 AM   #6
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Buggerd if I can find the right download link as the only one I can see is for 3.0 build 5626 November 5th and it has all the 3.0 badging
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 04:05 AM   #7
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Buggerd if I can find the right download link as the only one I can see is for 3.0 build 5626 November 5th and it has all the 3.0 badging
Looks like the NDA/timeframe for the news release passed (as I got similar news on multiple RSS feeds), but the Parallels guys forgot to update their website
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 04:16 AM   #8
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So, the download link from

http://www.parallels.com/support/desktop/upgrade/

links to

http://www.parallels.com/support/desktop/upgrade/

Way to go.

ALSO, you should put inverted comma's around the 'Released' (< just like that) in the thread title, until you actually get the link to download it.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 04:30 AM   #9
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should put inverted comma's around the 'Released' (< just like that) in the thread title, until you actually get the link to download it.
Good Idea changed
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 06:46 AM   #10
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There is a link to Parallels 4, build 3522 date 9 November on the trials download page.

http://www.parallels.com/download/desktop/
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:42 AM   #11
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Parallels 4.0 Promises Significant Performance Improvements



Parallels has announced the immediate availability of Parallels 4.0. Parallels allows Intel-Mac users to run Windows alongside Mac OS X.

The latest update to their Windows-virtualization software for Intel Macs promises new performance, security, backup and power saving features. Performance is said to be "up to 50% faster".
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Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac introduces support for DirectX 9, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2.0, providing fast video performance, while the Adaptive Hypervisor dynamically allocates resources to meet user needs. The responsiveness to all applications is further enhanced as the virtualization engine has been optimized to consume 15-30% less resources than previous versions.
This release also finally introduces support for up to 8 way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) to take advantage of the multi-core CPUs found in all Macs. Other features include:
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- Improved Windows and Mac integration, True Drag & Drop and Copy & Paste, SmartX Technologies and Built-in Installation and Migration Tools.
- Adaptive Hypervisor, FastLane Architecture, up to 8 way SMP and 8 GB RAM plus 64-bit support for each VM, HyperBus and support for DirectX 9.0, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0, and OpenGL 2.0.
- Parallels Internet Security powered by Kaspersky, Acronis True Image Home backup and restore, SmartGuard, PowerSaver, Full-hardware ACPI support and Acronis Disk Director Suite disk management.
- eMac OS X Leopard Server and Windows Server OS support, VM Directory, CLI and Scripting support, SDK and API, remote control from iPhone, PXE Boot, improved networking and VM Templates.
Version 4.0 retails for $79.99 and is available as a paid $39.99 upgrade to existing Parallels customers. A free trial is also available.

Update: Parallels is offering a $5 coupon through our affiliate partner.

Article Link: Parallels 4.0 Promises Significant Performance Improvements

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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:44 AM   #12
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I think I might actually buy this version. I've used trial versions of the others, but couldn't get myself to purchase it.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:46 AM   #13
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is the graphics performance better than fusion?
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:46 AM   #14
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If it really is that much faster, I might have to go for it.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:49 AM   #15
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is the graphics performance better than fusion?
I haven't ever used Fusion, but I'm sure once people start downloading the new version, we'll see some comparisons then.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:49 AM   #16
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I'll be sticking with Fusion.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:50 AM   #17
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Looks very interesting. Can't wait to try it out.
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Yea, I've used trials for both Fusion and Parallels. The latest builds, other than 4.0 for Parallels. Couldn't bring myself to buy them. I'll wait until other people have tested it and then I will buy either.
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I'm voting negative on this thread...

...because I just bought VmWare a few days ago. And even if VmWare releases a new edition that competes with the new version of Parallels, I'll have to pay to upgrade to that one.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:58 AM   #20
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wow, this seems like a huge update. i might have to buy this version, instead of just using the trials. glad that it's out today also. i wonder if it's in stores?
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I'm voting negative on this thread...

...because I just bought VmWare a few days ago. And even if VmWare releases a new edition that competes with the new version of Parallels, I'll have to pay to upgrade to that one.
So? you'd have to buy parallels outright anyway.
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So? you'd have to buy parallels outright anyway.
Yeah, but if I'd known the new version was coming a few days ago, I'd have bought that and not VmWare.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:01 AM   #23
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I'm picking this up immediately. Fusion always has, and apparently always will be crap. Every revision has the same problems. At least Parallels is generally stable, and it's Coherence feature makes Fusion's Unity look like some kind of alpha phase concept.

It's too bad because I've used VMware for years and don't mind the enterprise product line, but having used both (Parallels & Fusion all versions) for several months side by side for work, Parallels owns, even if Fusion was more efficient, Parallels is just more stable and far less buggy. I'm very curious to see how this new version fares out running 4+ VMs at once let alone this video acceleration.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:04 AM   #24
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Parallels ROCKS!!!

I have used Parallels for about 18 months and it has been a great purchase. The only problems that I experience was occasional performance degradation.
I will definitely be upgrading. I have not used any other VM products and can't speak to games under parallels. But for my needs I highly recommend Parallels.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:04 AM   #25
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Won't give those thieves any of my money ever again.

I bought Parallel's 2.0 and was told (and advertised on their website) that Parallel's 3.0 was going to be a free upgrade. Was it heck. They are doing the same with version 4.0.

I was so annoyed about loosing out on Parallel's 3.0 that I got it by other means. I already paid for it, they falsely advertised.

50% performance boost does sound nice however, but where does this boost come from? Optimisation of Parallel's code or making OS X sluggish and Parallel's fast?
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