New beta to ease Windows 7 migration

Parallels logo

Virtualisation vendor Parallels has announced a new beta that reportedly it easier to migrate to Windows 7.

The solution makes use of Parallels' hypervisor to allow more than one operating system to run alongside another during the transfer process. It also includes programmes such as Paralells' Transporter that moves both applications and data onto the upgraded operating system from Windows 2000, XP or Vista.

"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, Parallels' chief executive.

"We have extensive experience of enabling users to run multiple operating environments side by side [so] this offering for Windows 7 is a natural extension to our established product line."

The beta is available now from Parallels' website.

Just last month, Microsoft told IT PRO that Windows 7 would be released at the start of 2010 at the latest but last week Acer's European vice president let slip that the release date could be as soon as 23 October this year.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.