Historical[ edit ] Released on June 15, , it was the first software product to bring mainstream virtualization to Macintosh computers utilizing the Apple—Intel architecture earlier software products ran PC software in an emulated environment. Parallels agreed: Each virtual machine thus operates identically to a standalone computer, with virtually all the resources of a physical computer. For example, a running virtual machine can be stopped, copied to another physical computer, and restarted.
Version 2. This version also allowed users to boot their existing Boot Camp Windows XP partitions, which eliminated the need to have multiple Windows installations on their Mac. Netsys lawsuit[ edit ] This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Additionally, the lawsuit claimed that Parallels Desktop 2. Version 3. Support for DirectX 8. Parallels Explorer was introduced, which allows the user to browse their Windows system files in Mac OS X without actually launching Windows.
A new snapshot feature was included, allowing one to restore their virtual machine environment to a previous state in case of issues. Further, Parallels added a security manager to limit the amount of interaction between the Windows and Mac OS X installations. A Parallels, Inc. Also, SCSI support has not been implemented. Build , released on July 17, ,  added an imaging tool which allowed users to add capacity to their virtual disks.
Further, Parallels' Image Tool was updated to allow one to change their virtual hard disk format between plain and expanding. Parallels Explorer was updated to allow for one to automatically mount an offline VM hard drive to the Mac desktop. Some new features added are iPhone support in Windows, allowing iTunes in Windows to sync with it. Parallels released the modified source code on July 2, , about 2 weeks after the promised release date.
Parallels Desktop 4. A fourth viewing mode called Modality,  which allows users to scale the size of an active guest operating system on the Mac's desktop A new screenshot utility called Clips, which lets users take and share screenshots between the host and the guest operating systems.
The ability to use select voice commands  to remotely control the virtual machine. The ability to start and stop a virtual machine via the iPhone. Requires installing an iPhone application from Apple's AppStore.
Starting with the Version 4. Feature update[ edit ] Build , released January 9, ,  includes performance enhancements and features, such as DirectX 9. Windows can now also automatically start in the background when a user opens a Windows application on the Mac desktop. Version 4. Version 5[ edit ] Officially released on November 4, , Parallels Desktop 5 adds several new features, mainly to improve integration with the host OS.
New features include: Support for DirectX 9c with Shader Model 3. Build , released on December 21, , added some new features.
Windows guest operating systems[ edit ] Improved resume from suspend in virtual machines with multiple monitors assigned. Improved performance for file access via Shared Folders. You can configure these settings using the corresponding option in the virtual machine video configuration page. Improved 3D performance for the video game Mirror's Edge. To do so, enable the "Select boot device on startup" option in the virtual machine configuration, which will enable you to specify the necessary kernel options in the 5-second timeout before booting the kernel.
Version 6[ edit ] Officially announced on September 9, and launched on September 14, , Parallel 6 has full bit support for the first time. These include:
Parallels Desktop brings back the real Start menu and lets customers use Metro apps in a window instead of full screen Security Center: Easily access and install complimentary security software subscriptions to keep the Mac and Windows virtual machines safe from viruses and malware, all from one location Enhanced new Virtual Machine Wizard: It is easier than ever to set up a new virtual machine, especially on computers that don't have DVD drives Power Nap support: Parallels Desktop now includes the addition of the Dictionary lookup gesture in Windows applications Thunderbolt and FireWire storage device support: Lets people print from any Windows application to a PDF on the Mac desktop even if the application doesn't have that functionality Sticky multi-monitor setup: When using Windows in Full Screen mode and connecting to an external monitor, Parallels Desktop will remember settings and put the Windows virtual machine back in full screen mode on the remote monitor Custom keyboard: