3D and Open GL Coming to Parallels 3.0

Parallels3D gaming and ‘SmartSelect’ are the new features of Parallels Desktop 3.0, the latest version of virtualisation software by Parallels, released on Thursday.

Parallels allows intel-based mac users to run Windows in a separate window, as opposed to rebooting the computer and using the dual-boot software bootcamp. The software costs $79.99, and the 3.0 version will be available for a $49.99 upgrade fee. Parallels is also offering a reduced price for the upgrade for $39.99 now through June 6, 2007.

The SmartSelect feature allows a user to open any file from Mac OSX or Windows and use its application even if it’s from the other operating system.

3D support for OpenGL and DirectX graphics software is new to this release, which up until now they have not supported. This allows Uses who want to run demanding 3D applicaiotns such as games, in Windows.

Parallels is also including a six-month trial of virus and spyware protection.

Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is currently a “final candidate” development and is being tested in closed groups. The final release of Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is expected within the next several weeks.

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