Parallels announced through its UK distribution partner, Avanquest UK, that it is bringing virtualization to Windows Vista through Parallels Workstation 2.2 for Windows and Linux, the easy-to-use desktop virtualization software that enables users to simultaneously run multiple operating systems on any PC running Linux or Windows – including Windows Vista!
Parallels Workstation will be available through Avanquest at the end of January 2007, retailing at around £29.99. Parallels Workstation supports the entire Windows family (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP and Vista), Linux distributions (Red Hat, SuSE, Mandriva, Debian and Fedora Core), FreeBSD, OS/2, eComStation and MS-DOS. Each virtual machine can be expanded to full-screen or run in a smaller window as desired.
Multiple operating systems can be run in full on a single machine at near native speeds, ultimately reducing the number of physical machines required. Old operating systems, legacy applications, BETA releases and even in-house software testing can all be performed on one machine. This greatly increases productivity for the user while lowering costs for businesses. The Shared Folders utility allows files, folders and documents to easily be navigated and shared between operating systems and applications.
Parallels Workstation is ideal for anyone migrating or wanting to try a new operating system such as Windows Vista. Simply install Vista as a virtual machine! This allows users to explore Vista in a safe, stable, secure virtual environment, experiment with different configurations and to ensure that all their applications and hardware are compatible without compromising the stability of their computer. This is especially ideal for corporations evaluating Vista for large-scale deployment.
Users who have converted to Vista can also use Parallels Workstation to run Windows XP alongside Vista, ensuring a quick solution if any incompatibility issues do surface, or to help smooth the transition to a new operating system.
The virtual machines can also be zipped, and loaded on any machine with Parallels Workstation, allowing remote users to take a fully functioning copy of their machine with them. Ideal for consultants or salespeople who are on the move, and who may also need access to a variety of platforms for work or demonstration purposes.
Parallels Workstation is the only virtualization solution that has a lightweight Hypervisor, a technology originally developed to maximize the power of large mainframes that now brings increased performance and stability to virtual machines. Next-generation CPU’s including Intel Dual-Core 2 and AMD Pacifica are also fully supported.