In an effort to extend support to the newly introduced Windows 7, Parallels Inc has rolled out a new software update for its virtualization solution Parallels Desktop for Mac, which allows it to run Windows 7 on any Apple computer through a virtual machine.
In the race to extend support for Windows 7, Parallels has even beaten Apple which is adding support for Windows 7 in its Boot Camp for Snow Leopard only.
The sophisticated Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac is designed to alleviate issues related to backup and security and it comes with Parallels Internet Security which offers protection from viruses and other malware while sporting Acronis Disk Director Suite for backup solutions.
While the software for Mac is available for $79.99, the company does offer a number of schemes for discounts and free upgrades depending on the subscription status of a user.
Some analysts believe that the relatively high price tag for Parallels Desktop 4.0 may push some Mac customers away from the software and they are likely to look at free solutions or wait for support from Apple.
Also the fact that the software does not offer 3D support besides offering an UI that has little to write home about may restrict its popularity.
Better have a working solution rather than noting. It will be interesting to see whether you can run Windows 7 on Apple through Parallels and then run Windows XP as a virtualised machine in Windows 7. A virtualised computer in another virtualised instance! That's something that needs to be seen.