Parallels Desktop 4.0
came out today, and although 3.0 was working fine for me, I decided to
upgrade right away after reading some initial reactions. At $40, it
didn't strike me as a horrible expense.
The first thing that sold
me was that it finally supported multiple CPU's. My Mac Pro has four,
so naturally I thought it'd be nice to give my Windows XP VM a little
more processing power. There's actually a setting now to let the app
manage resources for you, but I'm not sure I entirely trust that.
Regardless, the usual combination of Visual Studio, SQL Server and such
is visibly a little more snappy. I notice ReSharper Intellisense acting
faster in particular.
With the initial reports of some speed
differences, I admit that I had a silly desire and hope... that
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, in all of its 2002, sprite based assembler
glory, would run more smoothly. Before, it was very choppy, almost to
the point of not being fun. But what do you know, it runs better than
it ever did on my PC's of that era. I'm pleased.
upgrade can potentially hose shared Boot Camp/Parallels partitions, but
I don't have that setup. So I'm pleased with the little tweaks. The UI
is prettier too. The whole product feels more polished.