Parallels has introduced Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition, comprising the virtualisation software along with leading Windows maintenance utilities.

Parallels Desktop 3.0 Premium Edition supports the latest Leopard-compatible build of Parallels Desktop 3.0 – which is available as a free update for all Parallels Desktop 3.0 users as of today - with three award-winning utilities that help users secure, back up and customize their Windows virtual machines: Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0, Acronis True Image 11 Home and Acronis Disk Director Suite.

Current Parallels Desktop 3.0 customers will receive the Leopard-compatible build as a free automatic update starting today.

Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 protects a Mac user's Windows virtual machine against the viruses, spyware, spam and malware that can harm any Windows system.

Acronis True Image 11 Home is the latest version of the' award-winning backup and disaster recovery software that lets users back up individual files on their Windows virtual machine or take an entire image of their Windows virtual computer. Backups can be scheduled to run automatically at any interval and can be stored on external drives, DVDs and off-site computers via FTP.

Acronis Disk Director Suite provides the ability to resize, move, copy, split and merge virtual disk partitions without losing data. It includes a boot manager that allows users to boot other operating systems, such as Linux, inside their Windows virtual machine.

“Maintaining and securing a Windows virtual computer is every bit as important as it is for a physical computer,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO, SWsoft, owners of Parallels. "We're pleased to work with Acronis and Kaspersky to make it easy and affordable for our Mac customers to protect, backup and customize their Windows virtual machines.”

Now available at the Parallels online store, as well as in Apple Stores and select retailers, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition costs £59.99.

A free, fully-functional 15-day trial copy is available.