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Interview with Ben Rudolph, Parallels Communications Director: “Apple is unlikely to enter the virtualization arena”

Q: Parallels has been a “before and after” in the world of compatibility for Mac, and although you already had a great reputation with your virtualization technology in the PC world, your entry into the Mac world has been a significant boost popularity. How do you see these statements?

A: Absolutely. Parallels Desktop for Mac is a fantastic example of cutting-edge technology that solves the important problem of “How can I get my Mac to work with Windows?” Allowing to work with Windows applications such as Outlook, Explorer and Visio at the same time as with Mac OS X, without the need to restart. This means that users have a new and important level of choice. With Parallels Desktop you don’t have to be a PC user or a Mac fan, you can be both.

Q: Apple currently maintains only its Boot Camp software to start Intel Mac Windows with Windows, which it has already announced will be included in Leopard, are you not afraid that it will be unchecked with its own virtualization technology?

A: It is unlikely. Virtualization is a complex technology that will take years to develop. For example the core core of our development team has been working for more than 5 years. In the case of Apple, the question seems to lie in how they want to support Windows. What we know is that right now we have an unbeatable relationship with Apple (they even promote us on their website and in their television ads) and on the other hand we are the preferred option for those who run Windows on Macs out of hundreds of thousands of users in a dozen countries around the world. Certainly, with the continued support of the Apple community and with our innovations, we will try to maintain this position.

Q: Little by little, small improvements are being introduced in Parallels such as greater peripheral support or possibilities to share documents between both environments. How are we going to see Parallels Desktop evolve in the future?

A: We have just released the new version of the product loaded with new features, including support for USB 2.0, full support for Windows Vista, built-in iSight cameras, and drag and drop. We also introduce two new features that completely change the way users work with virtualization. The first one is Coherence, a unique mode that allows users to run Windows applications directly on the Mac desktop. Basically, Windows applications look and function like native Mac applications. You can even load Windows applications. Windows directly from the Mac application.

On the other hand, in this new version we also include a migration tool called Transporter that allows users to move their entire PC (including the operating system, applications and files) to the Parallels virtual machine running on Mac. It is a useful tool that helps users switch to Mac as it allows them to have the “security blanket” of their PC.

In the future we hope to introduce more innovations of this type. We have plans to bring important new features like multi-core machines, full 64-bit support, and support for 3-D graphics. We constantly release and build new features, so be sure to check out our website often.

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