Parallels Opens Beta Sign-Up for Virtualization-Based Windows 7 Migration and Integration Solution

May 1, 2009

Consumers and Businesses Invited to Run Windows XP Applications on Windows 7

Renton, WA — May 1st, 2009 — Parallels today invited consumers and businesses to sign-up to beta test a solution that enables users to easily migrate to Windows 7 and run legacy Windows programs side-by-side with Windows 7 applications. This product simplifies migration to Microsoft’s next client operating system (OS), rumoured to be released in late 2009. Interest in Windows 7 is already significant, with Microsoft committing to support at least 2.5 million users in the beta tests of the new OS. However, experts predict that many users who upgrade will encounter compatibility issues preventing them from running popular existing applications like Roxio 2009, AOL Instant Messenger and many custom business applications.

Parallels addresses this compatibility challenge with a product that leverages its experience of serving more than 2 million users worldwide with desktop virtualization solutions that offer the greatest stability and performance available. This new solution leverages Parallels’ high performance adaptive hypervisor, as well as award-winning, patent-pending technologies such as Coherence and SmartSelect: innovations that enable users to seamlessly run differing OSs and their applications side-by-side. Customers will benefit from our recognized industry-leading capabilities in 3D graphic support, USB compatibility and unmatched performance. The solution also integrates Parallels’ easy-to-use migration tools, such as Parallels Transporter, allowing users to quickly transfer applications and data from older Windows operating systems such as Windows 2000, XP or Vista to a new Windows 7 machine.

"There is a great deal of anticipation for Windows 7. However, users who upgrade typically find that critical applications are not yet available for the new operating system," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "With market-leading products such as Parallels Desktop for Mac, we have extensive experience of enabling users to run multiple operating environments side by side. This offering for Windows 7 is a natural extension to our established product line. By combining proven technology and feedback from our beta testing community, we will offer users a simple yet high performing way to migrate to Windows 7 and still run critical Windows XP applications."

For more information on the beta program, or to sign up, please visit

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