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Parallels 5 Released!


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Not sure if anyone else noticed...but Parallels 5 was released today.

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Wow they just fly through those updates. >_>"

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Wow they just fly through those updates. >_>"
Well you know how the update "carrot" works...they include a feature or two that you just can't live without...thus encouraging you to update.

Could that "new" 1 or 2 features be included in the previous update...maybe...but then they wouldn't get the extra $49 bucks out of users with the new update!

In this case maybe the version 5 update is worth it if it truly has features that improve reliability with Windows 7.

BUT...if the next Parallels Update (version 6) contains more Windows 7 improvements...then I could see users being upset...since those improvements could have possibly been included in version 5!

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Well you know how the update "carrot" works...they include a feature or two that you just can't live without...thus encouraging you to update.

Could that "new" 1 or 2 features be included in the previous update...maybe...but then they wouldn't get the extra $49 bucks out of users with the new update!

In this case maybe the version 5 update is worth it if it truly has features that improve reliability with Windows 7.

BUT...if the next Parallels Update (version 6) contains more Windows 7 improvements...then I could see users being upset...since those improvements could have possibly been included in version 5!

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In this case maybe the version 5 update is worth it if it truly has features that improve reliability with Windows 7.
You are saying that you think that Parallels can fix Windows? That would truly be an accomplishment! LOL

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BUT...if the next Parallels Update (version 6) contains more Windows 7 improvements...then I could see users being upset...since those improvements could have possibly been included in version 5!
What if those improvements have yet to be discovered/developed? It's possible that things will pop up as well as Windows 7 gets more usage in Parallels.

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In my opinion, Parallels has become basically irrelevant these days. The choice is really between VirtualBox (free) and whether you want to shell out the money for VMWare. VMWare has really gotten it nailed down with version 3.

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In my opinion, Parallels has become basically irrelevant these days. The choice is really between VirtualBox (free) and whether you want to shell out the money for VMWare. VMWare has really gotten it nailed down with version 3.
I also like VMWare, its pretty solid and speed. I don't know why but Parallel for me is sluggish and isn't quite as responsive as VMware. I also don't like the fact that I have to install additional tools after installing Parallel plus Windows on Parallel.

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I also like VMWare, its pretty solid and speed. I don't know why but Parallel for me is sluggish and isn't quite as responsive as VMware. I also don't like the fact that I have to install additional tools after installing Parallel plus Windows on Parallel.
Well, VMWare needs a support package in the VM too, but it does a good job of automatically installing it without any fuss. It's not the same on Linux unfortunately, it takes a bit more work in the terminal. I had thought Parallels installed it automatically as well, but I could be wrong on that.

I too find VMWare to be faster. But the key thing for me is stability. I had occasional crashes with Parallels 3.0 (never used 4.0, my license is solely for 3.0). In particular, USB device handling was extremely poor. Additionally, VMWare's support for Linux was much, much stronger.

But in hindsight, I probably shouldn't be trashing Parallels or even comparing it with VMWare at this stage, since it's two major revisions beyond where it was when I last actively used it. For all I know, it could be completely different now.

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What if those improvements have yet to be discovered/developed? It's possible that things will pop up as well as Windows 7 gets more usage in Parallels.
That would be totally understandable.

My main message earlier was that I would hope that Parallels 5 wasn't rushed into production just to be released shortly after Windows 7 so Macintosh users could immediately jump into using Windows 7.

Parallels 4:

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac - Run Windows on your Mac the Easy Way!

...doesn't mention anything about Windows 7 compatibility...so that would be the big selling point for Parallels 5.

What I would hope not to see, is a Parallels 5 rushed into production (for Windows 7 compatibility)...then found to be very "buggy"...then all the bugs worked out just in time for Parallels 6...and another $49 dollar upgrade.

If there are bugs in Parallels 5...and are fixed via free updates...then that would be much more fair.

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Does this mean the Bootcamp way is the hard way, if so.. there is still hope for me...

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If there are bugs in Parallels 5...and are fixed via free updates...then that would be much more fair.
I'm sure this will be the case. I'm sure there will be 5.x.x releases to fix up compatibility along the way.

For now, I'll stick with VirtualBox. It doesn't have all the fancy features of Fusion or Parallels but it's stable, easy and free.

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