Parallels launches Release Candidate 2 for Desktop for Mac OS X and includes Compressor

Quoting from the Parallels official announcement:

Parallels today announced the immediate availability of the release candidate 2 (RC2) of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the first virtualization software that gives Apple users the ability to simultaneously run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their applications in a stable, secure high-performing, virtual machine alongside Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Apple computer.

As part of Parallels’ commitment to simplicity, and in response to many user requests, the company has integrated Parallels Compressor Server – a powerful management tool that can reduce the size of Windows 2000, XP or 2003 virtual hard disks by 50% or more – directly into Parallels Desktop.

The enhanced product will be available for sale at $79.99, $150 less than the cost of buying stand-alone copies of Parallels Desktop for $49.99 and Parallels Compressor Server for $179.99. As an extended promotion, Parallels plans to offer the enhanced product at $49.99 for 30-days following its release…

Read full Release Notes and download it here.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.