Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 comming soon

Written on June 1, 2021 by admin

About 3 hours ago we let the world know that for the last few months, we’ve been quietly building and testing an entirely new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Named Desktop for Mac 3.0, this forthcoming major update - due in a few weeks - has over 50 great new features. Since we’re still in beta testing I won’t go into all of them, but I did want to highlight two of them:

SmartSelect: A wicked cool new feature that lets you assign any OS X or Windows application as the default for any Mac or Windows file type. This means that when you right-click on any file in either OS and selects “open with”, SmartSelect automatically populates the recommended application list with compatible applications from both operating systems.

With SmartSelect, I set Word for Windows to be my default application to work with .doc, .rtf and .txt files, so when I double click a file with that extension in either OS – even if it is an email attachment in Apple Mail – the file instantly opens the file in Word. I’ve also configure SmartSelect to open all hyperlinks clicked in either OS to open in Firefox for Mac, and for all email to route through Apple Mail. This is total OS integration on a file and application level…put it together with Coherence, and you have the most seamless user experience possible.

3D Graphics: You asked for it, and we delivered. Kick around your favorite Windows-only OpenGL and DirectX games and apps in a virtual machine on your Mac, without shutting down OS X!

Here’s Quake 4 running full-speed in my virtual machine on my test Mac. Yes, as shocking as it may be, I took one for the team and played Windows games in my VM for a whole day to make sure that they run well. Aren’t I noble?

Stay tuned for news about the final release of 3.0 in the next few weeks. Oh, and I’ll see you all at WWDC, where we’ll have more big news for you.

[Via parallelsvirtualization]

And here is an interesting rumor about what might be announced at WWDC: http://crunchgear.com/

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