Parallels Desktop 7 does away with all this by treating guest operating systems – or virtual machines – as apps. The key benefits are that you don’t have to keep rebooting your Mac into Windows to use it.
It’s far easier to share files, folders and disks between different operating systems. And you have the flexibility to install multiple flavours of Windows, Linux and even another copy of OS X Lion inside a separate virtual machine, which developers will find useful.
Also new to Parallels 7 is explicit support for key Lion features such as Mission Control, Launchpad and full-screen applications for Windows apps. You can even apply some of Lion’s multi-touch gestures to Windows.