Dear Users, Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Build 11822 is available for download: http://www.parallels.com/download/desktop/ You can learn more about Parallels Desktop 6 features here: http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/ Parallels Desktop (build 6.0.11822) includes the following new features and enhancements: STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENTS Performance - Improved overall performance. - Reduced CPU usage and improved battery life. - 64-bit virtual machine process for improved performance of virtual machines, especially of those with more than 1 GB of memory. - Improved 3D performance - up to 80% faster than in Parallels Desktop 5. - Improved disk I/O performance - up to 35% faster Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP virtual machines than in Parallels Desktop 5. - Shared Folders perform two times faster. - Faster Windows startup and shutdown. - Reduced time for resuming paused and suspended virtual machines on Macs with powerful configurations. - Extended support for new Macs with Intel i5 and i7 CPUs. - Better performance of Linux in virtual machines. - Faster Parallels Tools installation. Virtual Devices - Support for IPv6, the next-generation version of the Internet Protocol, in shared, bridged and host-only networking. - Support for the Intel Pro/1000 (e1000) network interface for faster network performance and compatibility. - Intel AES-NI support for virtual machines running on Macs with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. - Virtual SATA interface support for hard disk drives of newly created virtual machines. - Virtual SATA interface support for CD/DVD drives of virtual machines. - Using SATA emulation for hard drive connectivity in Boot Camp virtual machines instead of changing a SATA drive to an IDE drive. - Virtual USB mouse for smooth transition between Mac and the virtual machine even when Parallels Tools are not installed. - Better handling of keyboard indicator lights when working in Mac OS and the virtual machine. - Improved handling of keyboard modifiers and system shortcuts when working in Mac OS and the virtual machine. Security - Dual antivirus protection included: complimentary antivirus software subscription is now available for both Windows and Mac. - Virtual machine encryption using the AES algorithm for better security of your data (empowered by Intel AES-NI hardware support on i5 and i7 CPUs). - Virtual CPU now supports NX bit (No eXecute), which allows enabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in Windows. - Mac OS Parental Controls are automatically applied to the virtual machine for managing childrenâ€™s computer usage. Any restrictions set for Mac OS will be also enforced in the virtual machine as well. New Guest Operating Systems - Ubuntu 10.04 - Fedora 13 - Open SUSE 11.3 - Windows Server 2008 R2 Core - Windows Server 2008 Core IMMERSIVE GAMING AND GRAPHICS Video - 80% faster 3D graphics in the Coherence, Full Screen, and Window modes. - Enhanced DirectX 9 support for better gaming experience. - Support for OpenGL extensions available in Mac OS X v10.6.4 Snow Leopard. - Support for Xorg 1.8 in Linux virtual machines, including Fedora 13 and Open SUSE 11.3. - Fixed OpenGL support in Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machines. Sound - Immerse yourself in games, movies, and music with surround sound 5.1 support for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista: use any external surround sound 5.1 USB or FireWire devices simultaneously in your Mac and the virtual machine. SIMPLE, SMART, AND SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE Enhanced Appearance - Improved user interface and new look and feel. - Preferences dialog has been simplified and now fully conforms to the Mac OS style: no OK or Cancel buttons - all changes are applied on the fly. - Virtual machine configuration dialog has been simplified and redesigned according to the Mac OS Preferences style. - New Virtual Machine assistant is now easier to use. - Redesigned USB connection dialog makes connecting USB devices simpler than ever. - Improved animation when switching between the Coherence, Full Screen, and Window modes. - Refined user interface with Quartz animation disabled. - Enhanced Activation and Registration dialogs. Enhanced Logic - Boot Camp virtual machines can now be suspended and then resumed. - SmartGuard now has a backup mode that optimizes the virtual machine for Time Machine backups. - Import of third-party virtual machines has been integrated into the main application: now itâ€™s available through the File > Open menu. - Parallels Image Tool has been integrated into the main application: now all its functions are available in the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog. - Parallels Transporter is now accessible through the "Import Virtual Machines" option on the Welcome Screen or the File > Import menu. - Choose the level of integration between Windows and Mac by choosing the "Like a Mac" or "Like a PC" option when creating a new Windows virtual machine. - Open your Windows applications without seeing Parallels Desktop interface elements even when your virtual machine is powered off. - Shut down Windows and its applications in Coherence without seeing Parallels Desktop interface elements. - Automatic generation of support code for easier access to Parallels Support. - Keyboard shortcut (F6 or Fn + F6) for hiding/showing Parallels Desktop and all its windows. - Improved support for Boot Camp partitions using multiple disks. - Automatic SmartGuard snapshots taken after a timeout if the user does not respond to the prompts. - Improved active screen corners behavior in Full Screen mode. - Scaling of the virtual machine screen when its window is resized, if Parallels Tools are not installed or inactive. - Windows applications can be set as the default applications for handling CDs and DVDs inserted into the Mac. - The Num Lock key was added to the Send Keys menu. Enhanced Windows Applications Handling - Access to Windows applications from anywhere in the world with the help of Parallels Mobile for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. - Windows Applications folders in the Dock now contain â€œMy computerâ€, â€œControl Panelâ€ and other useful shortcuts that are usually present in the Windows Start menu. - Applications icons in the Windows Applications folders are no longer marked with black arrows. - Windows Applications folders don't reappear in the Dock after you remove them manually. - Spotlight search support for Windows applications. - Progress for downloads and other operations is now displayed on the Windows 7 applications icons in the Dock. - Windows 7 Jump Lists are supported for Windows applications in the Dock: view your recent documents by right-clicking the application icon in the Dock. - Grouping of all windows of a single Windows application under the same application icon in the Dock. - Windows applications icons can be configured not to appear in the Dock using the "Show icons in Dock" option in the virtual machine configuration. Enhanced Coherence - Improved graphics performance in Coherence and enhanced compatibility with 3D applications. - Improved logic of Crystal and Coherence view modes. Now Crystal mode is an extension for Coherence. - Arrow icon in the Mac menu bar for customizing Windows tray icons in Coherence. - Mac OS shortcuts (Cmd+W, Cmd+Q, Cmd+~, Cmd+M, Cmd+H, Cmd +Alt+H) can be used to manage Windows applications when using Coherence with enabled Crystal mode. - "Formatted text" and "Shared Clipboard" options can now be disabled via the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog. SWITCHER FOCUSED FEATURES - Simplified and improved Parallels Transporter user interface. - â€œLike a Macâ€ migration option that allows you to transfer your documents, photos, and music from PC to the corresponding folders on your Mac. - Migration of the Internet bookmarks and settings from Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome on PC to the default browser on the Mac. - Supports import of Boot Camp partition into a Parallels virtual machine. - Windows automatic login support for enhanced switcher experience. - Automatic firewall detection during the migration from PC to Mac. - Supports import of Virtual Box 3.1.2 and 3.1.4 virtual machines. - Faster and smoother import of VMware, Virtual PC, and VirtualBox virtual machines.