LABS GALLERY: Parallels Desktop 5 Maintains Lead for Best Windows Support on the Mac

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LABS GALLERY: Parallels Desktop 5 Maintains Lead for Best Windows Support on the Mac

by Cameron Sturdevant

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Windows 7 on Mac

Here you see Windows 7 Ultimate running in the older Coherence mode on Parallels Desktop 5. In Crystal mode, Windows 7 looks like Windows running on a PC.

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Crystal Mode

Running in Crystal mode, Windows applications are stored in a stack in the Dock. A Parallels icon in the Apple menu bar provides access to Windows functions.

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Windows Aero Flip 3D

New graphics support and a focus on running the new Windows 7 interface can best be seen here, where I'm using the Windows Aero flip to thumb through my running Windows applications.

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Windows Stack

Clicking on the new Windows Stack icon reveals basically what would be seen from the Windows Start menu.

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Parallels Desktop 4 Removal

On my Mac mini test system, Parallels Desktop 5 removed my previous Parallels Switch to Mac edition while leaving the virtual machines.

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Minimal Windows Exposure

Here you see a good example of using Windows with minimal exposure of the Microsoft operating system on the Mac mini test system.

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