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TUAW reports on one reader spotting the retail packaging for Parallels 6 at a local Fry's store:No official announcement from the virtualization mavens at Parallels, but it appears that the next version of the company's Mac app for Windows virtual machines is already popping up at retail. Sharp-eyed reader Matthew Fern snapped this shot of Parallels Desktop 6 already on sale at Fry's Electronics in Roseville, CA.Version 6 hasn't yet been officially announced yet, but apparently is undergoing testing. So, if you were on the market for a virtualization client, it may be best to wait a bit longer.

Article Link: Parallels 6 Prematurely Appears on Store Shelves
 

ghostface147

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May 28, 2008
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9to5MAc bought a copy, but had to take the post down.
They said it had full aero support, and was a little bit faster along with other things I don't remember.

Parallel is good and all, but I am just more at home with Fusion. Nothing will get me to go to brand x.
 

Carlanga

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9to5MAc bought a copy, but had to take the post down.
They said it had full aero support, and was a little bit faster along with other things I don't remember.

nice! P5 was an inmense improvement and was better at everything than VMware (before P5, VMware was the better one), and if P6 is even faster then even better!!:) what was the name of the title of the post, maybe it's still cached w/ google?

EDIT: here is what they wrote according to a comment on 9to5:
Parallels 6 for Mac is yet to be announced but has already hit some retailers in the U.S, and we’ve got our hands on the features:

-Supports Aero, Vista, and Windows 7
-Acronis true image support
-2x faster graphics support, faster file access, faster network connections, faster Windows startups, faster access to files on a network, and its faster than VMWare Fusion.
-Easy Windows Backups
-Better, Faster, Stronger gaming performance
-Windows and Mac security software included
-Easy migration to virtual machines
-Parallels Transporter is now a built-in, integrated feature in Parallels 6 versus a separate, stand alone application in Parallels 5.
-Support for 5.1 surround sound on Windows
-Spotlight, Spaces, and Expose support
-90 day money back guarantee (may depend on retail location?)
-Parallels 6 will cost $79.99, which was the old price of Parallels 5.

Here’s the big one:
-Parallels iPad app. As you may know, Parallels currently offers an iPhone/iPod touch app to access files and such remotely, but according to the back of the box, it works with the yet to be released iPad app as well. It also appears (we may get this one wrong) that the iPhone/iPod touch app will be enhanced for greater file access. We’ll have to see and we’re still wondering when this thing’s getting announced for real.

Requirements: 1GB of Ram (2 GB recommended), 450 MB hard drive minimum, 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard, an internet connection, and of course a Windows OS disc.
 

pdjudd

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9to5MAc bought a copy, but had to take the post down.
They said it had full aero support, and was a little bit faster along with other things I don't remember.

I got asked to beta test version 5 so I was surprised to see this version out so soon. But when I checked the version history, it does seem like this is on time. I guess we will have to wait until tuesday.
 

psionic001

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Feb 21, 2006
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Gives me the ***** how they require you to pay for an update every 6 months. Well it may not be 6 months but that's what it feels like. :mad:
 

jedijoe

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Parallels has such bad customer service, virtually no upgrade pricing.. I think both VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox are better deals for their own reasons. I had parallels v2 and never bothered to upgrade because of the upgrade pricing BS.
 

DeepIn2U

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May 30, 2002
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Acronis true image support

This ALONE would make our IT department extremely happy as many of our consultants coming from South America tend to use Mac's and use Boot Camp. With a standard image for our Windows XP and soon Win7 this would be a HUGE boost and provide better support since we're still a windows environment. iPads are beginning to show up around the office - some odd 5-10 already amongst 200+ users.
 

bretm

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Parallels has such bad customer service, virtually no upgrade pricing.. I think both VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox are better deals for their own reasons. I had parallels v2 and never bothered to upgrade because of the upgrade pricing BS.

The upgrade to 5 was around half price. They sent an email every day for like 6 months. I mean, what do you want exactly?
 

NT1440

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May 18, 2008
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Gives me the ***** how they require you to pay for an update every 6 months. Well it may not be 6 months but that's what it feels like. :mad:
They literally force you to update?

That can't be legal can it? ;)
 

pdjudd

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Jun 19, 2007
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Gives me the ***** how they require you to pay for an update every 6 months. Well it may not be 6 months but that's what it feels like. :mad:

Version 5 was released almost 1 year ago, the previous version about a year before that. I have seen faster upgrades, but VM ware has been upgrading on a similar schedule.

Parallels has such bad customer service, virtually no upgrade pricing.. I think both VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox are better deals for their own reasons. I had parallels v2 and never bothered to upgrade because of the upgrade pricing BS.

They do offer breaks on their pricing - they offered free upgrades for people who bought before a certain date and they offer breaks for upgrades. I don’t have any examples, but I have seen emails and other updates. VMware is also the same price as Parallels. Both of these guys offer a much better product than VirtualBox anyway.

Anyway, it’s not like they are obligated to provide upgrades or anything...

Parallel is good and all, but I am just more at home with Fusion. Nothing will get me to go to brand x.

I wouldn’t call them “brand X” since they beat VMware to the Mac Virtualization market by a whole year and the company has been around since 1999 - About one year after VMware. They have been around for awhile. They are lesser known, but that’s probably because Parallels is a Swiss based company while VMware is based in California.

I’ll grant you that they are smaller, but they aren’t exactly “brand X"
 

bella92108

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LOL, what baffles me is how this gets on to the shelf in retail packaging when most of the forums say it's still in early beta.. lol... just goes to show how just because it comes in a cute box on the shelf, doesn't mean it's well-tested (microsoft!!!!)

;-)
 

inkhead

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Mar 3, 2005
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Why the hell do people use Parallels? It's based on QTApp, It's not even a real OS X Cocoa application. You know what that means? It's also slow, it has terrible USB support, and can't do things like say be used to update the firmware on a windows only updated via usb.

It's a piece of crap that installs tons of hidden files, the way it access bootcamp partitions it awful as well, if it crashes it can leave your partition screwed because it actually inserts stuff into the boot record of the partition…

Use VMware fusion, it was written by former apple employees, and actual people who know how to use xcode and make things like "GASP" ALL USB devices 100% supported just like they would be in real windows…

Not to mention the hacking they do to OS X kernel (Parallels) to get it to work with multiple processors. If you want to screw up your mac os x machine, It's like installing APE or something go right ahead and use parallels, which is coded by a russian crew who used to write OS/2 software.

VMware Fusion is code checked by the NSA to insure security with VMs because they actually use it.

Parallels doesn't properly sandbox your stuff, so a windows virus on bootcamp through parallels could VERY easily wipe out all your mac stuff too.

That won't happen on Fusion…
 

tcampb01

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Mar 31, 2005
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Or... don't wait

I've used numerous versions of Parallels (v2, 3, & 4) before finally giving up on them.

USB support was poor (many devices didn't work under Parallels, but worked fine under VMware or VirtualBox).

The product has a very messy install -- scattering components all over the filesystem. It can't be neatly un-installed and requires Parallels un-installer... which isn't very stable and tightly tied to a single version of OS X (i.e. if you buy Parallels, install it, then upgrade the version of OS X, don't expect to be able to un-install it.)

Upgrading Parallels itself triggered Windows to think it had been copied to a new computer and required a re-validation of the Windows license key (which can only be used a limited number of times before it's invalid).

I have never had issues like this from VMware or VirtualBox. Product support from Parallels was non-existent. This is a shame because back in the Parallels v2 days, they had outstanding customer support.

When friends & colleagues ask for product recommendations for virtualization, I suggest either VirtualBox (which is free) or VMware -- but specifically suggest avoiding Parallels.
 

andy721

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Sep 29, 2007
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FL
Parallels 6 for Mac is yet to be announced but has already hit some retailers in the U.S, and we’ve got our hands on the features:

-Supports Aero, Vista, and Windows 7
-Acronis true image support
-2x faster graphics support, faster file access, faster network connections, faster Windows startups, faster access to files on a network, and its faster than VMWare Fusion.
-Easy Windows Backups
-Better, Faster, Stronger gaming performance
-Windows and Mac security software included
-Easy migration to virtual machines
-Parallels Transporter is now a built-in, integrated feature in Parallels 6 versus a separate, stand alone application in Parallels 5.
-Support for 5.1 surround sound on Windows
-Spotlight, Spaces, and Expose support
-90 day money back guarantee (may depend on retail location?)
-Parallels 6 will cost $79.99, which was the old price of Parallels 5.

Here’s the big one:
-Parallels iPad app. As you may know, Parallels currently offers an iPhone/iPod touch app to access files and such remotely, but according to the back of the box, it works with the yet to be released iPad app as well. It also appears (we may get this one wrong) that the iPhone/iPod touch app will be enhanced for greater file access. We’ll have to see and we’re still wondering when this thing’s getting announced for real.

Requirements: 1GB of Ram (2 GB recommended), 450 MB hard drive minimum, 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard, an internet connection, and of course a Windows OS disc.
 

chuckles:)

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May 3, 2006
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I just bought version 5 a few weeks ago... the pain of windows combined with torment of virtualization is almost unbearable. Not sure if version 6 (which I think i might have a free upgrade to) will be any better.
 

iBunny

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I have been using parallels since v 4 and its been nothing short of awesome. I dont want to reboot when I need windows and what is even better is its always been fast for me. Awesome speed, awesome USB support.

Used on MBP 2.8GHz C2D, 4GB Ram, 512MB 9600 GT and now on a MBP i7 2.66GHz, 8GB Ram, 512MB 330M GT.

And always used either XP SP3 or Win 7.

I will immediately purchase v 6. :D
 

dru`

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Jul 25, 2004
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I just bought version 5 a few weeks ago... the pain of windows combined with torment of virtualization is almost unbearable. Not sure if version 6 (which I think i might have a free upgrade to) will be any better.

Your mistake was in buying Parallels. :( Virtual Box (free) or VMWare Fusion (commercial) are much faster and more reliable in my experience. I was sorry I ever upgraded to version 5 of Parallels. It's so slow compared to the prior release, I only use it as a last resort. I use VMWare or VBox depending on which supports the client best for my daily VM needs.
 

Zwopple

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In my experience Parallels is complete garbage. They have only been out one more year than VMWare Fusion and they are rounding double the number of versions.

I've tried it on multiple occasions ( v3, 4 and 5 ). Version 4 completely crashed my host Mac OS X system at the time and I had to reinstall the entire OS and restore from time machine. Version 5 was a bit better but still rather garbage.

It may be a bit more cutting edge in speeds but not enough to sacrifice stability. The only reason I even boot windows is occasionally for a few programs.

In my experience VirtualBox or VMWare are MUCH better alternatives for similar price tags.
 

SaSaSushi

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Aug 8, 2007
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I have been using parallels since v 4 and its been nothing short of awesome. I dont want to reboot when I need windows and what is even better is its always been fast for me. Awesome speed, awesome USB support.

Used on MBP 2.8GHz C2D, 4GB Ram, 512MB 9600 GT and now on a MBP i7 2.66GHz, 8GB Ram, 512MB 330M GT.

And always used either XP SP3 or Win 7.

I will immediately purchase v 6. :D

+1

I used VMware Fusion but switched to Parallels when it was offered in a MacUpdate bundle a few months ago. I use it with Win 7 Ultimate and have had no issues whatsoever. It is solid, fast and reliable. I will upgrade to V6 when it's available to me for sure.
 

thelookingglass

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Apr 27, 2005
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Do you guys using Parallels 5 notice any lag? I ask because I installed a trial version of Parallels 5 on my late-2008 13" Macbook. Didn't run nearly as smoothly as I would've expected. Wondering if perhaps one of the current Macbook Pros would run it without any lag.
 
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