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Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac launched

iOS app also revamped; more than 90 new features

Parallels has announced the launch of version 7 of Parallels Desktop for Mac, which lets you run Mac and Windows apps on your Mac without having to reboot.

The upgrade version is available today from the Parallels website and you will be able to buy the full version as a download or boxed from 6 September.

There are more than 90 new features in version 7, according to Parallels, including support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Other new features include Lion-like functions for Windows programs including Full Screen, Launch Pad and Mission Control; as well as the ability to run multiple copies of OS X Lion or Windows and their applications on your Mac.

"As Macs have become more popular than ever, a growing number of Mac users, including enterprises, find they need to run critical Windows programs on their Macs. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac lets you run popular apps like Windows Internet Explorer, Access, OneNote, Quicken and more, even the most demanding graphical programs, without rebooting and without compromise on speed and usability. Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac," said Parallels CEO Birger Steen.

Upgrades are available now for existing Parallels Desktop for Mac customers for £35.74. The full version will be available in both a downloadable version and packaged software for delivery, from the Parallels website starting on 6 September.

There is also a new version of the Parallels App for iOS devices, with an introductory price of £2.99 (normal price £11.99). Current users of the free Parallels Mobile app will receive a free upgrade to the new Parallels Mobile app when it becomes available by simply updating the Parallels Mobile app on their mobile devices, the company said.

The mobile app will let you perform tasks uch as printing, viewing Flash-based websites and full use of productivity applications like Outlook and Quicken via your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The Parallels Mobile app requires iOS 4.3 or later and works with Macs running Mac OS X Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard.


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