Parallels issues Beta 5 for their OS X VM software

Parallels issued their 5th beta for their VM software. In addition to a number of enhancements and bug fixes, I updated to take advantage of two killer additions.

  1. Shared folders — this will allow me to create folder on my Mac that can be accessed by Windows XP running on the Parallels VM.
  2. USB support — this will allow me to add external devices…should I really need them.

In addition, I noticed that whenever I switch to full-screen mode, the product now “rotates” the desktop. Very cool effect. I was showing this to Kevin Seppi, a professor at BYU in the computer science department last night. It brought a smile to his face.

NOTE: I have set Windows to use 1440 x 900 resolution and then launch Parallels in full-screen mode. Windows looks like an exact match to my video resolution — like it was made to be run on my Mac. But unlike Boot Camp, I can quickly Apple Key+Tab over to the OS X … running two OSs side by side.


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