Parallels has released a free feature update for Parallels Desktop 3.0, scant days since releasing a preview version of the same.
Parallels Desktop 3.0 is a popular virtualisation product which allows owners of Intel Macs to run Windows XP or Vista on their machines.
Real-world workload performance has been substantially improved, especially when starting up and shutting down. This release includes improvements in resource usage, particularly processor utilisation. Users can now also allocate up to 2GB of RAM to an individual virtual machine. Windows Vista performs faster and more smoothly than in previous builds.
The new release also improves Parallels Desktop's Coherence mode – these windows containing Windows software now work exactly like a Mac window, including Expose support.
Another useful improvement, "Mirrored Desktops, Documents and Media" means users can save data to the same folder from either OS, with changes in one folder automatically affecting the equivalent on the other OS.