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Parallels unveils Desktop 7 for Mac and new Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch


This morning, Parallels announced their new Desktop 7 for Mac which claim to provide Mac OS X Lion user experience even on Windows platform which is running on Mac machines. The upgrade is available today for current Parallels Desktop users (you can purchase at Nubox booth at the COMEX Show 2011), while the retail package and downloadable version are going to be available next week.

According to Parallels, there is a growing number of Mac users, both home and business, who want to run Windows applications on their machines. And if you are looking to get a software that can run both Mac and Windows applications side-by-side without rebooting, check out the latest Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac. It offers Mac OS X Lion functionality including full screen, launch pad and mission control for your Windows prograns; run multiple copies of OS X Lion or Windows and applications on the Mac machine; use iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to watch and listen to Flash videos in Windows on the Mac; access and even run various operating systems like Windows, Chrome OS, Ubuntu etc anytime, anywhere.

The Parallels Mobile app is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices and allows users to have complete remote access of their Mac anytime, anywhere. The Parallels Mobile also works with Parallels Desktop 7, which means you can run Flash videos and audio from Windows on your Mac, via your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

The Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available today as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop users (and at the Nubox booth at the COMEX Show 2011). The packaged retail software as well as downloadable version will be available on 7 September, next week. You can purchase the packaged software at all Nubox retail outlets, Apple retailers including epiCentre, Mutlmedia Integrated, iStudio, Juzz1, Infinite, Challenger, Mac Shop and Sapura, as well as from Apple Online Store. The Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will retail at S$129; the student edition at S$69; Paralles Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition at S$159 and upgrades available for customers at S$69. A special pricing of US$49.99 is available online for users who are currently using WMware Fusion who want to have a solution that is fully compatible with Lion. If you have purchased Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac from an authorized reseller on or after 1 August, you will be eligible for free upgrade to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.

The Parallels Mobile app is available in the Apple iTunes App Store with an introductory price of US$4.99; the standard retail price is US$19.99. Current users of free Parallels Mobile app will get a free upgrade to the new functionality via an update on their devices.

John Eng, vice president, marketing and alliances for Parallels, said that the company has 75% market share in desktop virtualization – running Windows and Mac operating system side-by-side without the need of rebooting. Eng said that 50% of the customers who go to Nubox, who is also a partner of the company, are new to Mac, and want to get a Mac but still want to run the Windows applications.

 "You may ask what kind of applications do people run on the Mac? We did a poll of about half a million of our users and found that there are more than 10,000 discrete (Windows) applications that they use," says the vice president.

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