Windows is an operating system that can run several applications needed for work, school and entertainment. Most Mac users cannot run these applications simply because the operating system for their Mac laptops and notebooks are different. But with the advent of virtual machines, these problems are solved effortlessly. And now, the latest version of Parallels Virtual Machine, Parallels 7 has just come out and more features and tools are going to be enjoyed by Mac users.
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, or simply Parallels 7, is the most popular and most trusted Mac virtual hosting software that can run numerous applications in Mac such as Snow Leopard server, Linux and Lion server. With Parallels 7, Mac users can also run both Mac OS X Lion software applications and Windows applications simultaneously—best of both worlds in a Mac desktop.
In order to set up the new Parallels 7, quick and easy steps are provided with the software. The modern technology of SmartX is used in the software so that users will be able to have instant access to their files transversely from their own Mac OS X to Windows. And, the different applications are all run without having to reboot. The virtual environment of Parallels 7 allows easy drag and drop feature for picture files, music files, video files and other document files. What’s more is that any Window application can be launched using Mac’s own MacDock.
Parallels Desktop 7 also features several multiple view modes from where Mac users can choose among Coherence Mode, Window Mode, Modality Mode or Full Screen Mode. With the Coherence mode, Mac users will be able to run Mac OS and Windows applications alongside each other in a single virtual environment. The Window mode allows users to continue using their Mac applications with the Parallels 7 Virtual Machine opened in a separate window. The Modality mode allows the users to view their Parallels 7 Virtual Machines and other non Mac OS programs in transparent windows running in their Mac OS X. The Full Screen mode on the other hand allows the users to totally run Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP in their Mac desktop.
Aside from the modes of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, other new features also include the friendly navigation of different Windows programs using the operating system features of Mac OS. Apple Gestures can be used as track pad gestures for Windows applications where users can easily arrange the windows and open them with just one keystroke. Aside from being able to organize the different windows, users can also use the Apple Gestures to group the windows and therefore reduce mess on the Mac desktop. Mac’s Launch Pad and Mission Control can also be utilized while the Windows applications are all running. Aside from the Apple Gestures, Mac’s iSight or Face Time can also be run in both Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. The old versions of Parallels do not include some of these features.
Parallels 7 is much faster than the previous versions Parallels Desktop 5 and 6 by a rocking 60 percent and thinking that the Parallel 7 has more than ninety enhanced tools and features, it’s definitely a big development from this popular virtual machine software. Aside from the speed of the programs, the 3D graphics ran with Parallels 7 is forty five percent faster with the new version.
Although Parallels 7 has developed great features for Windows in Mac, Mac users should still purchase a license of Windows. The ease of purchasing of one is also made possible with the new version Parallels 7 where there is this “Windows on Demand” service letting users to buy and then automatically install Windows 7 in the Parallels 7 Virtual Machine of their Mac. With these new tools and features and more unmentioned others, users can definitely make use of their Mac to the fullest.