Parallel desktop

Parallel desktop

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Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant helps you to get up and running in a few minutes. Powerful performance lets you run many Windows apps on your Mac. Parallels Desktop for Mac is software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors, and since version 16.5 also for Apple. Parallels Desktop is a virtual user session solution built to run Windows on Macintosh computers without rebooting. It is designed for OS X Yosemite with.

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as of July 12, 2021, the info on this page is seriously out of date and incomplete. Here's what you need to know. The latest release is 16.5. It runs on both Intel and M1 Macs. It is ONE product, shipped as an Universal app; you don't have to worry about ordering the Intel or M1 version of Parallels separately. On Intel Macs it runs basically unchanged as it has for the past few years. you can install Intel versions of Windows, macOS and Linux. On M1 Macs, you can ONLY install ARM-based operating systems. This includes Windows ARM (which you have to get from Microsoft by signing up with the Windows Insider program. ) There are various ARM based flavors of Linux. At this time, Parallels does NOT support installing a guest version of Big Sur on M1 Macs. So if you have an M1 Mac and wanted to run macOS guest virtual machines, not possible at this time; stick with an Intel Mac. As for Windows on M1, it is not the Windows Intel version everyone is familiar with, it is Windows ARM. It will run ARM based versions of Windows software fine; it can also run Intel Windows apps, but does so in emulation mode. In other words, if you are trying to run an old Windows Intel app, you would be running this in emulation, on Windows ARM, which is running virtualized under Big Sur, on a M1 Mac. The reviews I have read all say that amazingly, because the M1 is so fast and efficient, running Windows Intel apps under Windows ARM emulation, then virtualized, is not that bad, no worse than say running it on a ARM based Surface Pro. My personal opinion (I've been using Parallels, VMWare Fusion since the early 2000's.). If running a Windows app is mission critical for your business, go buy a used, refurbished Intel PC for under $500. And in many cases, if you're a business, you already have old Windows boxes lying around. I have Windows 10 running on 10 year old laptop with 4 GB of RAM just fine, just be sure to replace the old hard drive with an SSD. Then log into the PC remotely from your Mac using any of a dozen Mac based Remote Desktop apps. Microsoft can provide arm based versions of their Windows apps if they want, but IMO, running Microsoft apps is not the main reason Mac users want/need to run Windows ...it's that 10 year old accounting program, or custom built app that your company runs on that needs to be supported. Most current, popular business software (like Office, Adobe, Quickbooks) already comes in Mac and Windows versions which are basically feature identical. No, that's not the problem, it's the old software that's discontinued, no longer supported or upgraded, running on Windows 7 or XP that so many businesses still use. Until Microsoft makes clear what the road map for Windows ARM is, AND until Qualcomm can actually make an ARM chip that can compete with Apple Silicon, I would avoid investing any more $$ into Parallels. The licensing is an all together separate issue; for now you can get Windows ARM for free by signing up as an Insider. If Microsoft and Qualcomm get serious about ARM, you can bet eventually Windows ARM will no longer be free, so when you start adding up Total Cost of Ownership, using an old PC box and spare Windows license you have already lying around, looks very attractive. The fact that Parallels has even come this far supporting Windows ARM is impressive technical, no doubt, but the company had no choice; once Apple discontinues Intel versions of macOS (probably the os that comes after Monterey will be the last Intel release), Parallels would be out of business unless they came up with an answer to Apple Silicon. the question is whether the demand to run Windows and Linux ARM based, on Apple Silicon is strong enough to maintain the business once Intel Macs disappear? VMWare, the company, is in a different position, its business model isn't dependent on selling Fusion, in fact Fusion at best breaks even or makes a modest profit. Parallels is desperate and should be; if there is no sustainable business model for ARM based virtualization of Windows and Linux, the company is done once Apple macOS stops supporting Intel Macs.

Parallels Desktop 18 simplifies installing Windows 11 on Apple Silicon, adds new SSO licensing, and improves Xbox and PS4 controller support

Today, Parallels announces the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. Parallels Desktop 18 includes substantial enhancements to the core, changes to enable IT managers to deploy Parallels and Windows across their environments, and support for the latest macOS operating systems. For Mac users who need to run Windows applications, Parallels 18 aims to simplify the process and speed up workflows. Users can run over 200,000 Windows apps and classic games on macOS using Parallels 18. This new version comes in three different flavors depending on your business (or gaming) needs. Let’s dive into what’s new.

Parallels 18 Standard Edition

The standard edition of Parallels 18 is optimized for the macOS Ventura release to support new features and functionality and deliver exceptional performance. It includes full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance, allowing users to assign more resources and get up to 96% faster in Windows 11. For those running Windows games on macOS through Parallels, version 18 adds automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux. It also improves the compatibility of Intel applications when running the ARM version of Windows 11. Finally, you’ll find enhanced USB 3.0 support for live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more. Once macOS Ventura is released, you’ll have the option to run Windows app inside of Stage Manager.

Pro Editon

Parallels 18

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition includes all the power of the standard edition, plus some other enhancements. It consists of a network conditioner on Apple M1 Macs, enabling users to set up various network conditions for the virtual machine (bandwidth, packet loss, delay). It isolates the virtual machine network from Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for better security and starts a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as a virtualization provider. It includes using network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines now available on Macs with Apple Silicon. Using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio, you can quickly analyze an application performance in a separate VM.

Business Edition

Adding all of the features of Standard and Pro, the Business edition adds SSO/SAML support for licensing. For IT managers looking to deploy Windows support across their fleet of Macs, these features will dramatically simplify the process of provisioning licenses. Included SSO providers are Azure AD, Okta, Ping, and more. IT administrators can also deploy, provision, or transfer a Windows 11 virtual machine across employee computers. Finally, it allows teams to centrally manage their Parallels customer experience program participation in a single portal.

Parallels 18

“We are proud of our engineering team that continues to be at the forefront of innovation to offer a remarkably more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience to our users, that is integrated with the latest macOS Ventura, optimized for the latest Apple hardware, and offers valuable features to deliver even better productivity and performance,” said Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Corel. “This is as simple and easy to use as it gets, and our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the job at hand.”

Compatibility

On Intel, Parallels 18 supports everything from Windows 2000 to Windows 11 on the Microsoft side. On the Mac side, it supports every OS going back to Lion. For Linux, it supports Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian GNU, Mint, Red Hat, Suse Linux, and Kali.

On Apple Silicon, it supports Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS Ventura and Monterey, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian GBU, RHEL, CentOS, and Kali.

Parallels reported that 99.99% of Intel-based PC applications work great on macOS, including some of the heaviest CAD software thanks to Windows 11’s built-in emulation.

Parallels 18 Pricing

Parallels Desktop 18 is sold either as a subscription for $99.99 per year or as a perpetual license for $129.99. The Pro Edition is $129.99 per year, while the Business Edition is $149.99 per year (per license). If you have an existing license for the Standard edition, a perpetual license upgrade is $69.99, while a Pro Edition subscription upgrade is $69.99 per year.

9to5Mac’s Take

I’ll have a full review in the coming weeks, but it looks like another strong release from the team at Parallels. I am particularly interested in the new SSO/SAML support for licensing. I believe this enhancement, while not product-focused, will make deploying the product and managing licenses much easier. Parallels have streamlined the installation process for Apple Silicon and removed the need to join the Microsoft Insider program to download an ARM-compatible version. During the installation process, Parallels will automatically download the correct version. Through SaaS apps, Catalyst apps, and web apps – the need for Windows apps on macOS might have diminished for some users. For those that want to play Windows games, use the PC version of Microsoft Office, or have specific PC use cases, Parallels 18 looks to be a solid upgrade that builds on the previous version. Download a free trial.

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Parallels Desktop® App Store Edition is a fast, easy and powerful application for running Windows both on a Mac with the Apple M1 chip and a Mac with an Intel processor - all without rebooting.

NOTE: It is not recommended that existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition.

Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant helps you to get up and running in a few minutes. Powerful performance lets you run many Windows apps on your Mac, including games and CAD programs.

FEATURES:
- Download and install Windows in two clicks.
- Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads.
- NEW: Drag and drop text or graphics between macOS and Windows apps.
- NEW: Enhanced desktop, video, and gaming experience with a higher refresh rate.
- NEW: Use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device in Windows.
- 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1.
- Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Drag and drop files and images between macOS, Windows, and Linux.
- Resize the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution.
- Use Mac printers in Windows and Linux.
- Connect USB devices to Windows and Linux.
- And many more...

PRICING: 
- Creating and editing virtual machine configurations is available for free. 
- Running virtual machines requires an in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year). You can cancel at any time. 
- There is a fully functional 14-day trial to test Parallels Desktop before the subscription starts.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS
- On a Mac with an Intel processor, you can run most Windows, Linux, and macOS versions.
- On a Mac with the Apple M1 chip, you can run Windows 10 (and Windows 11) on ARM Insider Preview, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, and Kali Linux (all ARM-based versions).

NOTE: See the full list of supported operating systems and system requirements at https://kb.parallels.com/123800 

FEEDBACK 
We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop. If you have any feedback, problems, or concerns, please contact us at https://www.parallels.com/products/pdas/support/

Version 1.7.3

This update for Parallels Desktop for Mac 1.7.3 (23546) addresses overall stability and performance issues.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

8.4K Ratings

Great App

After using the Mac Store version of Parallels Desktop, it is now obvious that the Mac Store version is much more power efficient than the downloadable version. My Mac is a desktop, so battery life is not an issue. Still, I feel that the less heat my system generates, the longer the parts will last. The Mac Store version is missing a few features found in the downloadable version, but I personally don't miss those features. All in all, this app is a great way to get the Windows features that I need for my Mac. Performance is outstanding. Windows and its apps launch very quickly, and they run smoothly and efficiently.

is that a dud?

What is that for?
It says I can run Windows and hense its apps.
The instrallation was easy, but the apps that I installed did not work. They show that they do but there is no actual result.
For instance, I used GoPro Fusion Studio app, and it opened the applicaiton but the videos (thumnails) are all black. So al the stitches videos are just black color. I also tried other apps related to linguistic corpora (that are identical to what I have on my authentic Windows PC). And, again, the Parallels shows you that the app is running but when you output the result, everything is empty. The files occupy space but there is nothting inside. I also intalled Steam and wanted to "TRY" if the games would work. NO, THEY DID NOT. Like before, the installation of Steam/Games was succesfull but there when launching the games/apps, there was always something preventing it. It does not matter who is causing these issue, but as a user, I am not going to troubleshoot any of these. So, it's a 1 star from me.

Coming from VM or Wine its amazingq

I just need to run a couple software programs that are windows only and have been stuck between a virtual box or cloud services. Both seem to have enough lag to put me off of using them on a regular basis. Running windows on this is very smooth. I had a remote connection to my work computer, parallel running windows and downloading/installing software, and my chrome up in macOS all with little to no lag. Compared to the other options I have tried this one is the first that feels like an 'apple' solution. Clean, great UI, and just runs smoothly. thank you. I plan on purchasing after my trial.

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Seller
Parallels International GmbH

Size
307.3 MB

Category
Business

Compatibility
Mac
Requires macOS 10.15 or later.
Languages

English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
4+

Copyright
© 2022 Parallels International GmbH. All rights reserved. Parallels, and the Parallels logo are trademarks of Parallels International GmbH. parallels.com/legal

Price
Free

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Parallels Desktop Review

Parallels Desktop

Adrian Try

Effectiveness: Responsive integrated Windows experience
Price: One-time payment starting at $79.99
Ease of Use: Runs like a Mac app (absolutely intuitive)
Support: Multiple ways to contact support

Summary

Parallels Desktop runs Windows and other operating systems in a virtual machine alongside your Mac apps. It’s a good option for those who still rely on certain Windows apps for their business, or gamers who can’t live without a favorite Windows game. It’s also a great solution for developers who need to test their apps or websites on other platforms.

If you’ve found native Mac apps that meet all of your needs, you don’t need Parallels Desktop. If you need to run just a handful of non-critical Windows apps, one of the free virtualization alternatives may be all you need. But if you’re looking for the best performance, Parallels Desktop is your best option. I highly recommend it.

What I Like: Windows is very responsive. Pauses when not in use to save resources. Coherence mode lets you run Windows apps like Mac apps. Also run Linux, Android and more.

What I Don’t Like: My mouse became unresponsive once. macOS and Linux are less responsive than Windows.

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What does Parallels Desktop do?

It’s an app that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac. It does this by allowing you to install Windows on a virtual machine — a computer emulated in software. Your virtual computer is assigned a portion of the RAM, processor and disk space of your real computer, so it will be slower and have fewer resources.

Other operating systems will also run on Parallels Desktop, including Linux, Android, and macOS — even older versions of macOS and OS X (El Capitan or earlier).

Is Parallels Desktop Safe?

Yes, it is. I ran and installed the app on my iMac and scanned it for viruses. Parallels Desktop doesn’t contain any viruses or malicious processes.

Be aware that when you install Windows in Parallels, you become vulnerable to Windows viruses (on the virtual machine and the files it can access), so make sure you protect yourself. A trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security is included, or install your security software of choice.

During my use of the app, my mouse froze once when switching between Windows and Mac. This required a reboot to fix. Your mileage may vary.

Is Parallels Desktop Free?

No, it isn’t freeware though a full-featured 14-day trial is available. There are three versions of the app to consider. You’ll also have to pay for Microsoft Windows and your Windows applications if you don’t already own them.

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac ($79.99 for students): Designed for home or student use.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition ($99.99/year): Designed for developers and power users who need the best performance.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition ($99.99/year): Designed for IT departments, it includes centralized administration and volume licensing.

What’s New in Parallels Desktop 17?

Parallels has added a number of new features to version 17. According to the release notes from Parallels, those include optimized performance for macOS Monterey, Intel, and Apple M1 chip, better graphics, and faster Windows resume time.

How to Install Parallels Desktop for Mac?

Here is an overview of the full process of getting the app up and running:

  1. Download and install Parallels Desktop for Mac.
  2. You’ll be asked to choose an operating system for your new virtual machine. To install Windows, you have three choices: purchase it online, install it from a US stick, or transfer it from a PC. Enter the Windows product key when prompted.
  3. Windows will be installed along with some Parallels tools. This will take some time.
  4. Your new Windows desktop will be displayed. Install any Windows application software you need.

Table of Contents

Why Trust Me for This Parallels Desktop Review?

My name is Adrian Try. After using Microsoft Windows for over a decade, I made a deliberate move away from the operating system in 2003. I enjoyed the change, but still needed certain Windows apps on a regular basis. So I found myself using a combination of dual boot, virtualization (using VMware and VirtualBox) and Wine. See the Alternatives section of this Parallels Desktop review.

I hadn’t tried Parallels before. I was provided a review license and installed an earlier version on my iMac. For the last week, I’ve been putting it through its paces, installing Windows 10 (purchased just for this review) and several other operating systems, and trying just about every feature in the program.

The new version was released, so I immediately upgraded. This review reflects my use of both versions. In this Parallels Desktop review, I’ll share what I like and dislike about Parallels Desktop. The content in the quick summary box above serves as a short version of my findings and conclusions.

Read on for the details!

Parallels Desktop Review: What’s In It for You?

Since Parallels Desktop is all about running Windows apps (and more) on your Mac, I’m going to list all its features by putting them into the following five sections. In each subsection, I’ll first explore what the app offers and then share my personal take.

1. Turn Your Mac Into Several Computers with Virtualization

Parallels Desktop is virtualization software — it emulates a new computer in software. On that virtual computer, you can run any operating system you like, including Windows, and any software that runs on that operating system. That’s very convenient if you need non-Mac software.

A virtual machine will run slower than your real computer, but Parallels has worked hard to optimize performance. But why run a slower virtual machine when you can install Windows on your actual computer using Bootcamp? Because having to restart your machine to change operating systems is slow, inconvenient, and incredibly frustrating. Virtualization is an excellent alternative.

My personal take: Virtualization technology provides a convenient way of accessing non-Mac software while using macOS. If you need regular access to Windows apps, Parallel’s implementation is superb.

2. Run Windows on Your Mac Without Rebooting

You may need to run Windows on your Mac for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples:

  • Developers can test their software on Windows and other operating systems
  • Web developers can test their websites on a variety of Windows browsers
  • Writers can create documentation and reviews about Windows software.

Parallels provides the virtual machine, you need to supply Microsoft Windows. There are three options:

  1. Purchase it directly from Microsoft and download it.
  2. Purchase it from a store and install from a USB stick.
  3. Transfer Windows from your PC or Bootcamp.

Transferring a previously-installed version of Windows is the least-recommended option, as it can lead to licensing issues or driver problems. In my case, I purchased a shrink-wrapped version of Windows 10 Home from a store. The price was the same as downloading from Microsoft: $179 Aussie dollars.

I started up Parallels Desktop, inserted my USB stick, and Windows was installed without fuss.

Once installed, Windows feels snappy and responsive. Moving from Windows to Mac and back again is fast and seamless. I’ll explain how that’s done in the next section.

My personal take: For those needing access to Windows while using macOS, Parallels Desktop is a godsend. They have obviously worked hard to optimize their software for Windows, as it is incredibly responsive.

3. Switch Conveniently between Mac and Windows

How easy is switching between Mac and Windows using Parallels Desktop? You don’t even notice it. By default, it runs inside a window like this.

When my mouse is outside of that window, it is the black Mac mouse cursor. Once it moves inside the window, it becomes the white Windows mouse cursor automatically and instantly.

For some uses that can feel a little cramped. Pressing the green Maximize button will make Windows run full screen. The screen resolution adjusts automatically. You can switch to and from Windows using a four-finger swipe.

Very fast, very easy, very intuitive. Switching between Mac and Windows couldn’t be easier. Here’s another bonus. For convenience, I found myself leaving Windows open even when I wasn’t using it. When not in use, Parallels pauses the virtual machine to reduce the load on your computer.

Once your mouse enters the Windows environment again, Windows is up and running again within about three seconds.

My personal take: Whether running Windows full-screen or in a window, switching to it is simple and seamless. It’s no harder than switching to a native Mac app.

When I first moved away from Windows, I found myself still relying on a few key apps. You might be the same:

  • You switched to Mac, but still have a number of Windows apps you rely on — perhaps the Windows versions of Word and Excel, the Xbox Streaming app, or a Windows-only game.
  • You may still absolutely depend on a legacy app that no longer works on modern operating systems.

It’s surprising how reliant businesses can become on out-of-date software that is no longer updated or supported. Parallels Desktop provides a Coherence Mode which lets you work with Windows apps without dealing with the Windows interface. David Ludlow sums it up: “Coherence turns your Windows apps into Mac ones.”

Coherence Mode hides the Windows interface altogether. You launch the Start Menu by clicking the Windows 10 icon on your dock.

You can search for and run the Windows Paint program from Spotlight.

Paint runs right on your Mac desktop, no Windows in sight.

And the Mac’s right-click Open With menu even lists Windows apps.

My personal take: Parallels Desktop allows you to use Windows apps almost as if they were Mac apps. You can start the apps from your Mac’s Dock, Spotlight, or a context menu.

5. Run Other Operating Systems on Your Mac

The convenience of Parallels Desktop doesn’t stop with Windows. You can run a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Android, and macOS. Why would someone want to do that? Here are some examples:

  • A developer working on an app that runs on multiple platforms can use virtual computers to run Windows, Linux, and Android to test the software on.
  • Mac developers can run older versions of macOS and OS X to test compatibility.
  • A Linux enthusiast can run and compare multiple distros at once.

You can install macOS from your recovery partition or a disk image. You can also install older versions of OS X if you still have the installation DVDs or disk images. I chose to install macOS from my recovery partition.

I found macOS significantly less responsive than Windows — I assume Parallel’s main priority is Windows performance. It was definitely usable, though.

Installing Linux is similar. You can either choose to have Parallels Desktop download a number of Linux distros (including Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian and Linux Mint), or install from a disk image.

Like macOS, Linux seems less responsive than Windows. Once you have a few operating systems installed, the Parallels Desktop Control Panel is a handy way to start and stop them.

My personal take: Parallels Desktop can run macOS or Linux on a virtual machine, though not with the same speed as Windows, or with as many integration features. But the software is stable and usable all the same.

Reasons Behind My Ratings

Effectiveness: 5/5

Parallels Desktop does exactly what it promises: it runs Windows apps alongside my Mac apps. Running Windows in a virtual machine was convenient and responsive and allowed me to access Windows apps that I rely on. Windows paused when not in use, so unnecessary resources were not being wasted.

Price: 4.5/5

Although there are free virtualization options, $79.99 is a reasonable price to pay for the amount of work Parallels has put into optimizing performance and integration.

Ease of Use: 5/5

I found launching Windows and switching between Mac and Windows absolutely intuitive. The integrated approach of displaying Windows software in Spotlight searches, context menus and the Dock is brilliant.

Support: 4.5/5

Free support is available via Twitter, chat, Skype, phone (Click-to-Call) and email for the first 30 days after registering. Email support is available for up to two years from the product release date, though you can purchase phone support when required for $19.95. A comprehensive knowledge base, FAQ, Getting Started guide and User’s Guide are available.

Alternatives to Parallels Desktop

  • VMware Fusion: VMware Fusion is Parallel Desktop’s closest competitor, and is a little slower and more technical. A major upgrade is about to be released.
  • Veertu Desktop: Veertu (free, $39.95 for premium) is a lightweight alternative. It’s almost as quick as Parallels, but has fewer features.
  • VirtualBox: VirtualBox is Oracle’s free and open-source alternative. Not as polished or responsive as Parallels Desktop, it’s a good alternative when performance is not at a premium.
  • Boot Camp: Boot Camp comes installed with macOS, and allows you to run Windows alongside macOS in a dual-boot setup — to switch you need to restart your computer. That’s less convenient but has performance benefits.
  • Wine: Wine is a way of running Windows apps on your Mac without needing Windows at all. It can’t run all Windows apps, and many require significant configuration. It’s a free (open source) solution that just might work for you.
  • CrossOver Mac: CodeWeavers CrossOver ($59.95) is a commercial version of Wine that is easier to use and configure.

Conclusion

Parallels Desktop lets you run Windows apps on your Mac. That can be very handy if you rely on certain Windows apps for your business, or have switched to Mac and can’t find alternatives for everything you need.

Is it worth it? If you have Mac apps for everything you need you won’t need Parallels, and if you need just a few non-critical Windows apps a free alternative may meet your needs. But if you rely on Windows apps to get your work done, you’ll need the premium Windows performance that Parallels Desktop provides.

So, how do you like this Parallels Desktop review? Leave a comment below.

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The Virtual Machine That Works

No matter how much you love your Mac, you must admit that Windows is the tool used by most of the world, and there are many tools that run exclusively on Windows. Developers may also love Macs for everything they have to offer, but they'd still need to test the code on Windows too. Therefore, a good virtual machine will save time and money since there won't be a need for another computer.

Parallels Desktop 18 will allow you to run Windows on your Mac without having to reboot the computer. It can run more than 200,000 Windows apps, including the most famous Microsoft products, like Office.

Not only that, but you'll be able to copy and paste or drag and drop files from Mac to Windows without any hiccups, which is an awesome feat.

The virtual machine will allow developers to test out their code across Windows and Mac, making sure to iron out all potential issues.

The best part of it all is that running Windows applications won't slow down your Mac. This is quite important since anyone who's ever run a virtual machine can tell you they've hated it due to how slow the system gets.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac

Virtual machine

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Developer(s)Parallels
Initial releaseJune 15, 2006; 16 years ago (2006-06-15)
Stable release

18.0.2 / September 19, 2022; 16 days ago (2022-09-19)[1]

Operating systemmacOS
Platform
Available inEnglish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Polish, Czech
TypeHypervisor
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.parallels.com/products/desktop/Edit this at Wikidata

Parallels Desktop for Mac is software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors, and since version 16.5 also for Apple silicon-based Macintosh computers. It is developed by Parallels, since 2018 a subsidiary of Corel.

Overview[edit]

Parallels, Inc. is a developer of desktop and server virtualization software.

History[edit]

Released on June 15, 2006, it was the first software product to bring mainstream virtualization to Macintosh computers utilizing the Apple–Intel architecture (earlier software products ran PC software in an emulated environment).

Its name initially was 'Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X', which was consistent with the company's corresponding Linux and Windows products. This name was not well received within the Mac community, where some felt that the name, particularly the term “workstation,” evoked the aesthetics of a Windows product. Parallels agreed: “Since we've got a great Mac product, we should make it look and sound like a Mac product...”, it was therefore renamed ‘Parallels Desktop for Mac’.[2]

On January 10, 2007, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac was awarded “Best in Show” at MacWorld 2007.[3]

Technical[edit]

Parallels Desktop for Mac is a hardware emulation virtualization software, using hypervisor technology that works by mapping the host computer's hardware resources directly to the virtual machine's resources. Each virtual machine thus operates identically to a standalone computer, with virtually all the resources of a physical computer.[4] Because all guest virtual machines use the same hardware drivers irrespective of the actual hardware on the host computer, virtual machine instances are highly portable between computers. For example, a running virtual machine can be stopped, copied to another physical computer, and restarted.

Parallels Desktop for Mac is able to virtualize a full set of standard PC hardware, including[5]

  • A virtualized CPU of the same type as the host's physical processor,
  • ACPI compliance system,
  • A generic motherboard compatible with the Intel i965 chipset,
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM for guest virtual machines,
  • Up to 2 GB of video RAM (VRAM),
  • VGA and SVGAvideo adapter with VESA 3.0 support and OpenGL and DirectX 10.1 acceleration,
  • A 1.44 MB floppy drive, which can be mapped to a physical drive or to an image file,
  • Up to four IDE devices. This includes virtual hard drives ranging in size from 20 MB to 2 TB each and CD/DVD-ROM drives. Virtual CD/DVD-ROM drives can be mapped to either physical drives or ISO image files.
  • DVD/CD-ROM “pass-through” access,
  • Up to four serial ports that can be mapped to a pipe or to an output file,
  • Up to three bi-directional parallel ports, each of which can be mapped to a real port, to a real printer, or to an output file,
  • An Ethernet virtual network card compatible with Realtek RTL8029(AS), capable of up to 16 network interface connections,
  • Up to eight USB 2.0 devices and two USB 1.1 devices,
  • An AC'97-compatible sound card.
  • A 104-key Windows enhanced keyboard and a PS/2 wheel mouse.

Version history[edit]

Version 2.5[edit]

The first official release of version 2.5 was on February 27, 2007, as build 3186.

Version 2.5 brought support for USB 2.0 devices, which expanded the number of USB devices supported at native speed, including support for built-in iSight USB webcams. The amount of video RAM allocated to the guest OS was made adjustable, up to 32MB. Full featured CD/DVD drives arrived in this version, which allowed the user to burn disks directly in the virtual environment, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD as one would in Mac OS X. In addition, a shared clipboard and drag-drop support between Mac OS X and the guest OS was implemented. This version brought the ability for users with a Windows XP installation to upgrade to Windows Vista from within the VM environment.[6] A new feature known as Coherence was added, which removed the Windows chrome, desktop, and the virtualization frames to create a more seamless desktop environment between Windows and Mac OS X applications. This version also allowed users to boot their existing Boot Camp Windows XP partitions, which eliminated the need to have multiple Windows installations on their Mac. A tool called Parallels Transporter was included to allow users to migrate their Windows PC, or existing VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Netsys lawsuit[edit]

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In 2007, the German company Netsys GmbH sued Parallels' German distributor Avanquest for copyright violation, claiming that Parallels Desktop and Parallels Workstation are directly based on a line of products called “twoOStwo” that Parallels developed on paid commission for Netsys, of which it says, Netsys has been assigned all copyrights. Additionally, the lawsuit claimed that Parallels Desktop 2.5's compatibility with “twoOStwo” showed that the two software products are run by essentially the same functional core.[7] When Netsys lost its initial urgency proceeding, it filed a new suit, in which it requested a temporary injunction from the Landgericht district court of Berlin.[8]

Version 3.0[edit]

On June 7, 2007 build 4124 was released as the first publicly available version of Desktop 3.0.

Version 3.0 retained all of the functionality from previous versions and added new features and tools. Support for DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL[9] was added, allowing Mac users to play some Windows games without the need to boot into Windows with Boot Camp.[10] A new feature called SmartSelect offers cross OS file and application integration by allowing the user to open Windows files with Mac OS X programs and vice versa. Parallels Explorer was introduced, which allows the user to browse their Windows system files in Mac OS X without actually launching Windows. A new snapshot feature was included, allowing one to restore their virtual machine environment to a previous state in case of issues. Further, Parallels added a security manager to limit the amount of interaction between the Windows and Mac OS X installations. This version included a long-awaited complete “Parallels tools'” driver suite for Linux guest operating systems. Therefore, integration between Mac OS X and Linux guest-OS's was greatly improved.[11]

Despite the addition of numerous new features, tools and added functionality, the first iteration of Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 was missing some of the features that Parallels had planned for it. A Parallels, Inc. representative stated at MacWorld in January 2007 that version 3.0 would bring accelerated graphics, “multi-core virtual machines/virtual SMP, some SCSI support, a more Mac-like feel, as well as a more sophisticated coherence mode, dubbed Coherence 2.0”.[12] While accelerated graphics have materialised, Coherence, as well as the overall look and feel of Parallels Desktop for Mac has only changed slightly. Also, SCSI support has not been implemented.[13]

It is currently unknown if these features have been abandoned altogether, or if they will show up in a later build of version 3.0.

Build 4560, released on July 17, 2007,[14] added an imaging tool which allowed users to add capacity to their virtual disks.

Feature update[edit]

Parallels Coherence in Exposé

Build 5160, released on September 11, 2007,[15] added some new features and updated some current features.

The release focused on updates to Coherence, with support for Exposé, window shadows, transparent windows, and the ability to overlap several Windows and Mac windows. Further, Parallels' Image Tool was updated to allow one to change their virtual hard disk format between plain and expanding. Parallels Explorer was updated to allow for one to automatically mount an offline VM hard drive to the Mac desktop. Some new features added are iPhone support in Windows, allowing iTunes in Windows to sync with it.[16] Users can now mirror desktops or other folders. Further, Mac drives can now be mapped by Windows and sound devices can now be changed ‘on the fly’. Up to 2 GB of RAM can be allocated to a virtual machine, with a total of 4 GB of RAM available.[17]

Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 5608 added support for guest Parallels Tools for Linux in the latest Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 8). It also added support for running 3D graphics in Windows virtual machines on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.3.

Use of code from the Wine project[edit]

According to Parallels' Licensing page, Desktop for Mac version 3.0 contains Direct3D code that was originally developed by the Wineopen-source project.[18] Wine software is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which required Parallels to release the source code. Parallels released the modified source code on July 2, 2007, about 2 weeks after the promised release date.[19] A Parallels spokesman explained the reasons for the delay in a message on the official company blog.[20]

Version 4.0[edit]

Version 4.0, released November 11, 2008,[21] updates its GUI, adds some new features, enhances its performance by up to 50%[22] and consumes 15–30% less power than previous versions.[23] Version 4.0 is the first version that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems. Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac's 3D support includes DirectX 9.0, DirectX Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2.0[24] as well as 256 MB video memory. It also adds support for 8 GB RAM in a virtual machine and 8-way SMP. Parallels Desktop 4.0 introduces an adaptive hypervisor, which allows users to focus the host computer's resources towards either host or the guest operating system.[25]

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac adds some new features such as:

  • A fourth viewing mode called Modality,[21] which allows users to scale the size of an active guest operating system on the Mac's desktop
  • A new screenshot utility called Clips, which lets users take and share screenshots between the host and the guest operating systems.
  • Start Menu integration and Automatic Windows Notifications on the Apple Menu Bar.
  • The ability to use select voice commands[26] to remotely control the virtual machine.
  • The ability to start and stop a virtual machine via the iPhone. (Requires installing an iPhone application from Apple's AppStore.)

Starting with the Version 4.0 release, Parallels Desktop for Mac has a new logo, which resembles an aluminum iMac, with what appears to be Windows XP on the screen and 2 parallel red lines overlaid on the right side.

Feature update[edit]

Build 3810, released January 9, 2009,[27] includes performance enhancements and features, such as DirectX 9.0 Shaders Model 2 and Vertex Shader support for additional 3D support Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE4) for better media applications performance. Build 3810 also adds support for running Windows 7 in a VM and for running Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server as either a host or as a guest OS.[28]

Also included are usability features such as the ability to share Windows files by dragging them directly to a Mac application in the Mac Dock. Windows can now also automatically start in the background when a user opens a Windows application on the Mac desktop. Version 4.0 drew criticism for problems upgrading from Version 3.0 shortly after its initial release.[29] Build 3810 also addresses installation and upgrade issues previously experienced with Version 4.0 and introduces the option to enroll in the company's new Customer Experience Program, which lets customers provide information about their preferences and user priorities.

Version 5[edit]

Officially released on November 4, 2009, Parallels Desktop 5 adds several new features, mainly to improve integration with the host OS.

New features include:

  • 3D graphics and speed improvements
  • Optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Support for Windows 7
  • Theming of Windows applications to make them look like native applications
  • Support for Multi-Touch gestures (from a trackpad or Magic Mouse) and the Apple Remote
  • The ability to drag and drop formatted text and images between Windows, Linux, and Mac applications,
  • The ability for a system administrator to lock down a virtual machine so that users can't change the state of the virtual machine,
  • Support for OpenGL 2.1 for Linux guest virtual machines.
  • Support for DirectX 9c with Shader Model 3.

Feature update[edit]

Build 9308, released on December 21, 2009, added some new features.[30]

Linux guest operating systems[edit]
  • Parallels Tools support Xorg 1.7 in Fedora 12 virtual machines (experimental)
  • Parallels Tools support Mandriva 2010 (experimental)
  • OpenSUSE 11.1 installation media auto detection
Virtualization[edit]
  • Improved performance for USB mass storage.
Windows guest operating systems[edit]
  • Improved resume from suspend in virtual machines with multiple monitors assigned.
  • Improved performance for file access via Shared Folders.
3D and video[edit]
  • Improved performance for video playback in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • Windows Aero is not available by default for machines with Intel GMA X3100 and GMA 950 graphic adapters (some MacBook and Mac Mini models). It is available on MacBooks with NVIDIA 9400M graphics cards.[31]
  • Vertical synchronization is now configurable. You can configure these settings using the corresponding option in the virtual machine video configuration page.
  • Improved 3D performance for the video game Mirror's Edge.
macOS Server guest operating system[edit]
  • The ability to pass kernel options to the macOS Server guest OS has been added. To do so, enable the "Select boot device on startup" option in the virtual machine configuration, which will enable you to specify the necessary kernel options in the 5-second timeout before booting the kernel.

Version 6[edit]

Officially announced on September 9, 2010 and launched on September 14, 2010, Parallel 6 has full 64-bit support for the first time. Parallels claims that Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac "[has] over 80 new and improved features, including speed 40% above the previous version." Specific new features include:

  • An all-new 64-bit engine
  • 5.1 Surround Sound support
  • Better import implementation of VMware, Virtual PC virtual machines and Boot Camp partitions
  • Improved network, hard drive and Transporter performance
  • Windows program Spotlight integration
  • Faster Windows launch time
  • Enhanced 3D graphics that are 40% better than previous versions
  • Ability to extend Mac OS X Parental Controls to Windows applications
  • Ability to use Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows applications
  • Enhanced Spaces and Exposé support

Version 7[edit]

Officially announced on September 1, 2011 and released on September 6, 2011, Parallels Desktop 7 adds many new features. These include:

  • Integration with OS X 10.7.4 "Lion":
    • Full-screen support
    • Use of Launchpad for Windows apps
    • Mission Control support
    • Lion as a guest OS
    • Lion animations support
  • Improved user interface
  • New standard help and documentation
  • Shared devices with Mac OS X
  • Longer battery life
  • Mac OS X parental controls support
  • Support for Intel AES-NI encryption
  • Enhanced performance and 3D graphics
  • Support for up to 1GB video memory in virtual machine
  • Enhanced audio support - up to 192 kHz
  • Surround sound 7.1
  • Added support for Windows 7

Version 8[edit]

Officially announced August 22, 2012 and released September 4, 2012, Parallels Desktop 8 adds many new features:

  • OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as a guest OS
  • Retina resolution can be passed to virtual machines
  • Windows 7 and Windows 8 automatically optimised for best experience on Retina
  • Parallels Desktop notifications
  • Notification Center support for Windows 8 toast notifications
  • Mountain Lion Dictation in Windows apps
  • Full screen on demand for Windows applications in Coherence
  • Presentation Wizard
  • Open in Internet Explorer button for Safari
  • Drag & drop file to Outlook in the Dock opens new email with attachment
  • Multi-language Keyboard Sync in Mac and Windows
  • Full support for new Modern UI Windows 8 applications (Dock, Mission Control, Launchpad)
  • Reworked Keyboard shortcuts preferences
  • Use the standard OS X system preferences to set Parallels Desktop application shortcuts.
  • Resources (CPU/RAM) monitoring
  • Indication for VM hard drive space usage
  • Shared Bluetooth
  • Improved Virtual Machine boot time/Windows boots time are up to 25% faster than previous version
  • Pause & resume Windows up to 25% faster than previous version
  • Input/output (I/O) operations are up to 35% faster than previous version
  • Games run up to 30% faster than previous version
  • DirectX 10 support
  • Full USB 3.0 support for faster connections to peripheral devices for Virtual Machines starting from Parallels Desktop 8.0.18305[32]

Version 9[edit]

Officially announced on August 29, 2013 and released on September 5, 2013, Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac includes these new features and enhancements:

  • Brings back the "real" Start menu for Windows 8 and enables Modern apps in separate windows instead of full screen
  • Power Nap support, so applications stay up-to-date on Retina Display Mac and MacBook Air computers
  • Thunderbolt and Firewire storage devices are designated to connect to Windows virtual machine
  • Sticky Multi-monitor setup remembers settings and puts Windows virtual machines back into Full Screen mode on the remote monitor
  • Sync iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox and more without unnecessary duplication of files
  • Windows apps can launch the OS X Mountain Lion Dictionary with Dictionary gesture
  • Enhanced integration with MacOS for Linux users
  • Enhanced New Virtual Machine Wizard makes it easier to set up a new virtual machine, especially on computers without hard drives
  • PDF printer for Windows to print from any Windows application to a PDF on the Mac desktop, even if the application doesn't have that functionality
  • Compatibility with OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"
  • Easily install and access complimentary security software subscriptions from one location
  • Up to 40% better disk performance than previous versions
  • Virtual machines shut down up to 25% faster and suspend up to 20% faster than with Parallels Desktop 8
  • 3D graphics and web browsing are 15% faster than in Parallels Desktop 8

Enterprise version:

  • Set an expiration date for the virtual machine.
  • Run virtual machines in headless mode.
  • Start virtual machines on Mac boot.

Version 9 is the last version to support Snow Leopard.

Version 10[edit]

Released August 20, 2014, Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac includes support for OS X 10.10 "Yosemite", and ends support for Snow Leopard.[33]

Less than a year after release of its release, Parallels spokesperson John Uppendahl confirmed version 10 will not be fully compatible with Windows 10. The coherence mode, which integrates the Windows user interface with OS X, will not be updated and users will need to purchase and upgrade to version 11 to continue using this feature.[34]

Version 11[edit]

Released August 19, 2015, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac includes support for Windows 10 and is ready for OS X 10.11 "El Capitan".[35]

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is available as a one-time purchase of $79.99 for the Desktop edition, and as an annual subscription of $99.99 for Pro edition.[36] Version 11 has multiple issues with macOS 10.13, High Sierra. The website currently offers a full price upgrade to Version 13 as a correction, effectively making this version obsolete with the macOS upgrades.[37]

Version 12[edit]

Released August 18, 2016.[38]

Version 13[edit]

Released August 22, 2017,[39] Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac provides macOS High Sierra readiness and support for upcoming Windows 10 features. According to Parallels, the new version makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and to use the Touch Bar within Windows applications. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac, including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight. The new version also features up to 100 percent performance improvements for completing certain tasks. The update also brings in a slightly refreshed UI to better match macOS and visual improvements for Windows users on Retina displays.[40]

Version 14[edit]

Released August 21, 2018, Parallels Desktop 14 supports macOS 10.14 "Mojave".[41]

Version 15[edit]

Released August 13, 2019.

Version 16[edit]

Released August 11, 2020.,[42] Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac comes with the following highlights:

  • Is ready for the new macOS Big Sur architecture
  • In Windows and Linux VMs, DirectX 11 is 20 percent faster and there are improvements for the OpenGL 3 graphics
  • The battery life when users activate “Travel Mode” in Windows is up to 10 percent longer
  • In Windows apps users can now use zoom and rotate with Trackpad in Windows apps
  • More printing options: Print on both sides and paper sizes from A0 to envelope.

New features are added to Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition:

  • Easier export a virtual machine in a compressed format and prepare it for transfer to another Mac or an SSD
  • Give custom networks an individual name

[43]

On April 14, 2021, Parallels updated the software to version 16.5, notably adding support for Apple silicon-based Macs. On such Macs, only ARM-compatible OSes can be run in VMs; Parallels does not emulate the x86 architecture.[44] Supported guest OSes include Windows Insider builds of Windows 10 (as no retail ARM versions of Windows 10 nor installation disk images for such versions are publicly available), as well as ARM builds of various Linux distributions.

Version 17[edit]

Released August 10, 2021, Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac comes with the following highlights:

  • Optimized for Apple M1 chip.
  • Added support for USB 3.1 devices.
  • Added multi-monitor support for Linux.
  • Added drag-and-drop support for text or graphics between Mac and Windows applications.
  • Version 17.1, released October 14, 2021, is fully compatible with macOS Monterey and adds support for Windows 11 as a guest OS.[45]

Version 18[edit]

Released August 9, 2022, Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac comes with the following highlights:

  • Brings full support for the ProMotion displays in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
  • Easier Windows 11 setup.
  • Enhanced Windows game-play experience on a Mac.

Supported operating systems[edit]

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business, Home and Pro Editions requires these versions of MacOS:[46]

Parallels Desktop 11 and 12 only partially support macOS High Sierra:

A Coherence Mode windows may appear under MacOS windows, and some graphics artifacts may occur.

B Neither Parallels Desktop 11 nor 12 fully support Apple File System (APFS) disks, including virtual disks and Boot Camp partitions. Therefore, a High Sierra guest machine must be installed 'manually' by passing the "--converttoapfs NO" command line switch, and cannot use the automated Parallels virtual machine creation process.

C Versions are partially compatible with the corresponding macOS versions and may not work correctly.

Guest[edit]

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac includes support for a variety of different guest operating systems:[47]

  • Several versions of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 (SP0-SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2), Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2), Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2), Windows XP (SP0-SP3), Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Linux distributions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8, 7 and 6, CentOS Linux 8, 7 and 6, Fedora Linux 32, 31, 30 and 29, Ubuntu 20.04, 19.10, 19.04, 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS, Debian GNU/Linux 10, 9 and 8, Suse Linux Enterprise 15, OpenSUSE Linux 15.2, 15.1 and 15, Linux Mint 20, 19 and 18, Kali 2020.2, 2019 and 2018, elementary OS 5.0, Manjaro 18, Mageia 7 and 6 and more
  • Android (only when users download the version with the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop)
  • It is also possible to install macOS versions in a VM: macOS Big Sur 11, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X El Capitan 10.11, OS X Yosemite 10.10, OS X Mavericks 10.9, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, OS X Lion 10.7, OS X Lion Server 10.7, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6, Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5

In Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, support for guest operating systems includes a variety of 32-bit and 64-bit x86 operating systems, including:[46]

See also[edit]

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Parallels tools

Overview

To improve interoperability between the host and the guest operating systems, Parallels provides a package called "Parallels tools" which contains kernel modules and userspace utilities. See Parallels Tools Overview for a list of its features.

This article assumes users want to make full use of the tools, including Xorg configuration. If you are running a headless server, you can skip over the sections relating to X.

When referring to the version of parallel tools the form is <Parallels.Version>.<Tools Version>. For example: 9.0.24237.1028877 corresponds to Parallels version 9.0.24237 with tools version 1028877

Configuring Xorg

The Parallels tools installer will take care of configuring Xorg, so just follow the instructions at Xorg to install the relevant packages on your system. Install the xf86-video-vesa package to use the vesa driver.

Preparing dependencies

You need to install standard build utilities gcc, dkms and linux-headers.

Installing Parallels tools

Choose "install Parallels Tools" from the "Virtual Machine" menu. Parallels Tools are located on a cd-image, which will be connected to your virtual machine. You have to mount it first:

$ mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

Now you can proceed to install Parallels tools using the installation script as follows:

$ cd /mnt/cdrom $ ./install

Parallels tools work fine out of the box in most cases, but sometimes you need to patch it:

If you have Parallels Desktop 17.1.4 but installed a VM with kernel version 5.18 (check with ), follow the troubleshooting section below:

Troubleshooting: Patch Parallels 17 to support Kernel 5.18

Choose "install Parallels Tools" from the "Virtual Machine" menu. Parallels Tools are located on a cd-image, which will be connected to your virtual machine.

You need root permission in this process. Become root user, then mount the Tools virtual CD in your Linux VM:

$ su $ mount /dev/cdrom /mnt

Copy the full CD directory to home directory and rename it to :

$ cp -R /mnt ~ $ cd ~ $ mv mnt prl-tools-build

Download the community patch, then prepare to be patched::

$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wegank/nixos-config/7b89b4c6d1a87c83f10aa5d0f96fe0229795056e/hardware/parallels-unfree/prl-tools.patch $ cd ~/prl-tools-build/kmods $ tar zxf prl_mod.tar.gz $ rm prl_mod.tar.gz

Apply the patch, then install:

$ cd ~/prl-tools-build $ patch -p1 < prl-tools.patch $ cd kmods $ tar zcf prl_mod.tar.gz * $ cd ~/prl-tools-build $ ./install

(See this thread for a community-provided patch from Parallels forum.) (See this thread for a step-by-step instruction on how to apply any Parallels Tools patch provided in the forum.)

Using the tools

Sharing folders

  • You can specify which folders on your hosts system you would like to share with your guests under "virtual machine > configuration > sharing".
  • The folder will appear at .

Dynamic Display Resolution

A very helpful tool is . It changes the resolution of the display (in the guest - not the host) automatically when your resize your window. If this tool is not running, the contents of the window gets stretched or shrunken. prlcc is usually started automatically and runs in the background. If not, run the following (or place it in a configuration file like ):

$ prlcc &

Synchronize clipboard

The tool can be run to synchronize the clipboard between guest and host. Like the previous tool, if it is not executed automatically, it is recommended to start it in a configuration file like :

$ prlcp &

Future work

In general, updating system packages like the linux kernel or Xorg can break Parallels tools and you will need to re-install them. In some cases, new packages will be incompatible with the tools and they will stop working - in that case you will need to roll back the newly installed packages and wait until Parallels releases a new product build before updating your guest (in the hope they have resolved any previous incompatibilities).

See also

Pros

  • Now lets you download and install Windows on Arm
  • Improved performance on Apple Silicon
  • Backwards-compatible with Intel Parallel desktop and Business Editions require subscription
  • Some Intel apps may not be compatible with Windows on Arm

Parallels Desktop has long been the leading virtualisation tool for Apple customers who need to run Windows or Linux as a virtual machine (VM) EximiousSoft Banner Maker Key Genrator their Macs. However, it faced something of a challenge in 2020 when Apple announced its plan to transition the entire Mac platform to its home-grown Apple Silicon.

The Arm-based M1 and M2 chips used in the latest Mac models can no aimersoft video converter ultimate crack keygen run the Intel x86 version of Windows, so those Macs had to rely on the Arm version of Windows -- which itself has had something of a bumpy ride over the last few years. Also, along with various performance and compatibility issues faced when attempting to run existing Intel-based apps and software, Windows on Arm (WoA) is primarily licensed to OEM Winzip crack mac manufacturers, which meant that Parallels' core business -- running Windows on Mac -- was starting to look like something of a dead end.

However, Apple Silicon and Windows On Arm have both made strong progress in the last couple of years, and the new Parallels Desktop 18 is now looking at a much brighter future. In fact, Parallels has worked with Microsoft to allow owners of M1 or M2 Macs to download and buy the Arm version of Windows 11 directly from within Parallels Desktop 18 -- "Microsoft doesn't have any issues with that", a Parallels spokesperson told us. 

The company also offers "kudos to Microsoft" for achieving compatibility for what it says is '99.99%' of existing Intel software when running on Windows on Arm. Of course, compatibility alone isn't enough if your key Intel apps run too slowly to be of any practical use. However, Parallels has now had two years to fine-tune the performance of virtual machines running on Apple Silicon and, with high-end processors such as the M1 Ultra, Parallels Desktop 18 now allows you to assign up to 62GB of RAM and 18 CPU cores to your virtual machines. Parallels claims that this provides up to 96% performance increase over the previous version of Parallels Desktop. And, as always, Parallels Desktop also allows you to create virtual machines running Arm versions of Linux, such as Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian, as well as maintaining its longstanding compatibility with older Mac systems -- such as my aging office iMac -- that still run on Intel processors. 

Other new features include support for the forthcoming MacOS Ventura -- both as host OS and 'guest' virtual machine -- as well as support for Apple's 120Hz ProMotion displays, and improved USB support for Windows-based audio and video capture and streaming devices. 

For developers, the Pro Edition of Parallels Desktop 18 provides improved networking controls -- known as the 'network conditioner' -- that were previously only available for Intel-based Macs. You can isolate VMs for improved security by preventing them from sharing applications or folders with the host Mac, and there's a new command-line interface for developers who need to automate parallel desktop on their virtual machines. The Business Edition for enterprise users now provides SSO/SAML authentication to sign in using a corporate account, and improved features for deploying VMs to multiple users across the organisation. 

Pricing for Parallels Desktop 18 is slightly higher than previous versions, starting at $99.99/£89.99 per year for the standard, single-user edition. It's also possible to buy the standard edition as a one-time 'perpetual license' for $129.99/£104.99, parallel desktop, parallel desktop this version requires you to pay for future upgrades separately. There are also discounts for educational users also available. The Pro version costs $119.99/£99.99 per year, while the Business edition for enterprise users is $149.99/£119.99.  

There's also a free 14-day trial version of Parallels Desktop available, so Mac users with both Arm and Intel Macs can get an idea of how well it performs with their key apps and software.

Alternatives to consider

The main alternative to Parallels Desktop has long been Vmware Fusion, which has recently gained support for Windows 11 virtual machines on Apple Silicon as well as Intel Macs. However, this is currently only available as a (free) technical preview.

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as of July 12, 2021, the info on this page is seriously out of date and incomplete. Here's what you need to know. The latest release is 16.5. It runs on both Intel and M1 Macs. It is ONE product, shipped as an Universal app; you don't have to worry parallel desktop ordering the Intel parallel desktop M1 version of Parallels separately. On Intel Macs it runs basically unchanged as it has for the past few years. you can install Intel versions of Windows, macOS and Linux. On M1 Macs, you can ONLY install ARM-based operating systems. This includes Windows ARM (which you have to get from Microsoft by signing up with the Windows Insider program. ) There are various ARM based flavors of Linux. At this time, Parallels does NOT support installing a guest version of Big Sur on M1 Macs. So if you have an M1 Mac and wanted to run macOS guest virtual machines, not possible at this time; stick with an Intel Mac. As for Windows on M1, parallel desktop, it is not the Windows Intel version everyone is familiar with, it is Windows ARM, parallel desktop. It will run ARM based versions of Windows software fine; it can also run Intel Windows apps, but does so in emulation mode. In other words, if you are trying to run an old Windows Intel app, you would be running this in emulation, on Windows ARM, which is running virtualized under Big Sur, on a M1 Mac. The reviews I have read all say that amazingly, because the M1 is so fast and efficient, running Windows Intel apps under Windows ARM emulation, then virtualized, is not that bad, parallel desktop, no worse than say running it on a ARM based Surface Pro. My personal opinion (I've been using Parallels, VMWare Fusion since the early 2000's.). If running parallel desktop Windows app is mission critical for your business, go buy a used, refurbished Intel PC for under $500. And in many cases, parallel desktop, if you're a business, you already have old Windows boxes lying around, parallel desktop. parallel desktop I have Windows 10 running on 10 year old laptop with 4 GB of RAM just fine, just be sure to parallel desktop the old hard drive with an SSD. Then log into the PC remotely from your Mac using any of a dozen Mac based Remote Desktop apps. Microsoft can provide arm based versions of their Windows apps if they want, but IMO, running Microsoft apps is not the main reason Mac users want/need to run Windows .it's that 10 year parallel desktop accounting program, or custom built app that your company runs on that needs to be supported. Most current, popular parallel desktop software (like Office, Adobe, Quickbooks) already comes in Mac and Windows versions which are basically feature identical. No, microsoft projects tutorial not the problem, parallel desktop, it's the old software that's discontinued, no longer supported or upgraded, running on Windows 7 or XP that so many businesses still use. Until Microsoft makes clear what the road map for Windows ARM is, parallel desktop, AND until Qualcomm can actually make an ARM chip that can compete with Apple Silicon, I would avoid investing any more $$ into Parallels. The licensing is an all together separate issue; for now you can get Windows ARM for free by signing up as an Insider, parallel desktop. If Microsoft and Qualcomm get serious about ARM, parallel desktop, you can bet eventually Windows ARM will no longer be free, so when you start adding up Total Cost of Ownership, using an old PC box and spare Windows license you have already lying around, looks very attractive. The fact that Parallels has even come this far PowerDVD 19.0.1515.62 Keygen Windows ARM is impressive technical, no doubt, but the company had no choice; once Apple discontinues Intel versions of macOS (probably the os that comes after Monterey will be the last Intel release), Parallels would be out of business unless they came up with an answer to Apple Silicon. the question is whether the demand to run Windows and Linux ARM based, on Apple Silicon is strong enough to maintain the business once Intel Macs disappear? VMWare, the company, parallel desktop, is in a different position, its business model isn't dependent on selling Fusion, in fact Fusion at best breaks even or makes a modest profit. Parallels is desperate and should be; if there is no sustainable business model for ARM based virtualization of Windows and Linux, the company is done once Apple macOS stops supporting Intel Macs.

Parallels Review

What Does Parallels Software Do?

If you’re wondering “What is Parallels for Mac?” you are not alone. This utility serves a distinctive purpose. It lets you run Windows programs on your Mac. Since there is plenty of Mac software for just about any purpose, most people don’t need Parallels.

But let’s say your company uses Microsoft’s configuration management tool, SCCM, to ensure that all your PCs are running the latest version of the operating system and applications. With Parallels Desktop, you can integrate the marketing department’s Mac laptops into the company’s overall aimersoft video converter ultimate price management system. That’s a big win.

Our Parallels for Mac review covers this contingency. Parallels Desktop can also be important for Mac users who must run internally developed applications that were written for Windows. You can use Mac applications for writing reports and editing memos, then switch to your in-house Windows accounting software in a Parallels window.

Of course, you can already run Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp, an Apple utility that ships with every Macintosh computer. Boot Camp lets you boot up your Macintosh computer into Windows or macOS. It’s free and reliable, and if all you need to do is run a Windows app now and then, it may be perfect for you.

Many Parallels Desktop reviews fail to note that Parallels and Boot Camp are quite different. With Parallels Desktop, you launch a Windows virtual machine that runs on your Mac while you are still running macOS and Macintosh apps. You run both kinds of software simultaneously on the same laptop or PC.

The Parallels team has worked hard to support better integration between Windows and macOS. For example, you can use drag-and-drop to transfer images from popular Mac applications into Windows apps or email files from the Mac Finder interface using your Windows email client.

Our Parallels virtual machine review will show you that in addition to running a Windows 10 session under macOS, you can also run earlier versions of Windows – or Unix or Linux if you prefer. You can even set up Parallels to run the copy of Windows you installed to work with Boot Camp.

The virtual machine approach is what makes it possible for Parallels to run Windows and macOS at the same time. With Boot Camp, you have to restart your Mac to run Windows. With Parallels, the second operating system runs in a window while macOS and Macintosh apps continue to run.

If that sounds useful to you, read on. We’ll explain the Parallels free trial and throw in a Parallels Toolbox review to tell you all about this innovative family of products.

Parallels Pricing

Before you sign up for a Parallels Desktop subscription you’ll naturally want to know: How much is Parallels?

The price of a license depends on which package you choose. The company offers three: Standard, Pro, and Business. The different editions have different licensing models.

The Standard edition, which is for home and WonderFox DVD Video Converter 25.8 With Crack Latest use, parallel desktop, sells for a one-time price of $79.99. Telephone tech support is provided for 30 days, and you get another two years of support via email. The Standard edition does not include updates or upgrades according to our review of Parallels pricing policies.

The Pro and Business editions of Parallels Desktop are sold on an annual subscription basis. The Pro and Business editions cost $99.99 per year. Subscriptions renew automatically unless you take specific steps to cancel them.

Apple’s WWDC 2020 Announcement

Before you decide between a purchase and an ongoing subscription, you should have an idea of Parallels Desktop’s future. And in our judgment, that future became murky at the June 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, which was held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Apple broke news at the conference that is relevant to all Parallels reviews.

Apple confirmed widespread rumors by announcing at the conference that future Macintosh PCs and laptops would use Apple’s own ARM-based CPUs instead of Intel processors. The first ARM-based Macs will be released during 2020, Apple said, with a full transition happening over a couple of years.

This is big news for Parallels because the current version of Parallels Desktop certainly will not work on ARM-based Macs, parallel desktop. Developing Parallels was feasible in large part because both macOS and Windows run on the same Intel CPUs. Creating a version of Parallels Desktop that will run on ARM-based Macs is a much, much harder problem.

That’s big news for a review of Parallels for Mac.

In a June 22, 2020, blog post on the Parallels website, Parallels VP John Uppendahl said the company was working closely with Apple to continue supplying cross-platform solutions to Mac users. “We look forward to sharing more information about Parallels Desktop’s support for Mac with Apple silicon in the future,” he wrote. The blog post paints an optimistic picture of future “cross-platform solutions” to Macintosh users, parallel desktop, but does not promise a version of Parallels Desktop for Apple’s new Macs.

It is important to take this information into account when deciding whether to commit your company to a cross-platform architecture that relies upon running Windows apps on Mac PCs. Our Parallels 15 review will soon be obsolete.

One other data point: Apple said that the new architecture would mean the end of its Boot Camp utility. That could open up opportunities for current and future Parallels products.

Parallels Pricing Plans

Parallels Desktop Standard sells for $79.99. During our review period, it was marked down to $69.99. The standard package gives you 8 GB of virtual RAM to work with as well as four virtual CPUs. According to our review, Parallels 15 Standard is an excellent, cost-effective solution for home users, parallel desktop, students, and small businesses, parallel desktop. It even lets you download and install Windows 10 with parallel desktop single click – a nice touch.

Parallels Desktop Pro ($99.99 per year) provides greater processing capacity plus features for business. It allocates as much as 128 GB of RAM for each virtual machine, and assigns each as many as 32 virtual CPUs. The Pro version also integrates with Chef, Ohai, and Docker. It has a network conditioner tool to speed data transfers and a Visual Studio plug-in for Windows apps that rely on it. Our Mac Parallels review confirms that the Pro version includes 24/7 premium customer support via telephone and email.

Priced at $99.99 per year, Parallels Desktop Business Edition adds centralized administration and asset management to the mix, plus a reiboot crack reddit volume license key for mass deployment.

Those are the formal pricing plans for Parallel Desktop. However, the company understands that spec sheets and price lists are sometimes insufficient when a business is deciding whether to commit to a cross-platform technology. That’s why the company created a 14-day free Parallels trial that lets you review Parallels for yourself.

You don’t even need to enter any banking details, and there is no need to remember to cancel before the 14 days are up. Once you’ve installed your Parallels free trial and tested it under real-world loads, you’ll be able to judge for yourself whether it is the best software to meet your needs.

Installation Process

The next step in conducting a real-world evaluation of this innovative utility is actually setting up Parallels, so we’ll give you a quick how-to-install Parallels 15 review.

To get started on Parallels, select the “try out” option on the home page. The web site will invite you to install Windows 10 on your Mac. Windows 10 is 5.25 GB of software, which took us about 15 minutes to download. That could be a faster or slower process for you depending on the speed of your internet connections.

You can also transfer Windows from a USB or use an existing Windows installation you have used with Boot Camp.

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Parallels gives you ample instructions on how to install Parallels on Mac and review it quickly. Even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person in the world, you shouldn’t have any trouble loading it parallel desktop your Mac device. Once it has been installed, you’ll notice that there is now quick access to Parallels from your Mac’s toolbar, signified by two red lines. Click on the icon on your toolbar to open Parallels Desktop.

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At this point you’ll need to sign in to your Microsoft account. Once you do, you’ll have access to all of your documents and files through your OneDrive account. 

That’s parallel desktop easy it is to get a Parallels Desktop trial version up and running. You’ll have access to Windows, Windows programs, and your Windows data within minutes.

Parallels Features

Our Parallels Desktop 15 review covers the latest version of the product and its features. Our goal is to help you decide whether this is PDFMate PDF Converter Professional program that is worth your money. 

Performance is always a concern when software runs in a virtual machine. Many of the newest features of Parallels Desktop 15 are intended to make non-native operating systems run faster in virtual machines on the Mac.

In our tests, we tested performance by attempting to run computer games. Nothing tests interrupts, video, and overall responsiveness like a fast-paced video game. The Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro edition we review here not only did a great job with Windows games but allowed us to play Xbox Play Anywhere games too.

We also tested a Sidecar feature that allows you to use an iPad as a second screen for a Mac system running Parallels Desktop. We found it handy to run macOS and Mac software on one screen while the other was reserved for Windows and Windows apps. This allows you to optimize your work time and fully take advantage of the Parallels system. 

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We’ll also share a quick review of the Parallels Toolbox. This is one of the best features parallel desktop Parallels. Parallel desktop is included at no extra cost with Parallels Pro and Business. Users of Parallels Standard can buy it for $19.99.

Parallels Toolbox appears at the bottom right of Windows 7 Ultimate Key Finder Windows screen. When you click on it, you’ll be given quick and easy access to various functions on your Mac, such as parallel desktop camera, screen recording, and hide-the-desktop features. This streamlines your ability to move data quickly back and forth between the Mac and the Passper for RAR 3.6.1.1 Registration Code Crack Free virtual PC, parallel desktop. We find it a handy utility, so our Parallels Toolbox for Mac review gives it a stamp of approval.

How Does Parallels Compare to Other Products? 

This section of our review describes how Parallels compare to other similar products. We choose two software products, VMware and VirtualBox, install them on our computer and check their functionalities. They are similar to Parallels yer there are some important differences that we need parallel desktop highlight.

Parallels vs VMware

Like Parallels, VMWare Fusion allows you to create and use a virtual machine that runs on your Mac computer, meaning that you can install and use Windows apps and programs and use them through your Mac computer.

Although the basic functionality is the same for both software products, Parallels is the less complicated software to use. Designed for IT professionals and developers, parallel desktop, VMware is commonly used in large companies and businesses that rely on robust software systems.

Parallels Desktop for Mac is easy to install and set up. For less tech-savvy users, this is the main reason for choosing Parallels over VMware.

However, if you feel ready to use more complicated systems that require IT skills, parallel desktop, you should try VMware. There’s a free plan for both personal and business users. Although limited to basic features, it is still a good option, especially if you want to test the software before purchasing.

For the purpose of our review, we tried both products, checking their compatibility, features, and parallel desktop. Overall, our impression is that Parallels is a faster and more intuitive software than VMware, but not as powerful. It is also cheaper compared to the paid versions of VMware, which start at $149 for the VMware Fusion 12 Player and $199 for the VMware Fusion 12 Pro.

VirtualBox vs Parallels

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open-source visualization software that allows you to run Windows or Linux on your Mac computer. While both VirtualBox and Parallels are used for the same purpose, parallel desktop, each product has its own specialty, parallel desktop, making it more or less suitable for a specific user.

First off, we checked each product’s user-friendliness. Our opinion is that VirtualBox is designed for more experienced users, developers, or anyone willing to spend some time on setting up the software. Parallels for Mac is less complicated to install and use. Daum PotPlayer 2020 also a setup wizard that will walk you through the setup process, so you practically don’t need any experience with similar software to get started.

Secondly, there’s is a difference in software usage. While Parallels is mainly installed on Mac devices for running Windows OS, VirtualBox runs on several operating systems, including Windows and Linux.

Parallels Recent Upgrades

The company has recently released a new version for macOS Monterey. Regardless of the pricing option you choose, parallel desktop, Parallels Standard vs Pro, the new Parallels Desktop 17 will be available to you. In addition to an even smoother Windows interface, parallel desktop, you will enjoy much better performance when you use apps or play games.

During our test logic pro x free download Free Activators the new version, we spotted that Windows resume time is now faster. According to the Parallels website, the time needed to start using your Windows apps is now 38% faster, and it definitely shows in everyday usage.

Parallels Customer Service

Parallels offers 2.47 customer support with live chat, email, and phone support ashampoo driver updater 1.2.1.53382 activation key you can access as soon as you start using one of the software’s pricing plans. Depending on how much you decide to pay, you will get either a lifetime or limited-time support.

With Pro and Business versions of Parallels Desktop, you will get unlimited customer support. For these plans, parallel desktop, you pay an annual subscription, and they are pricier than the Standard Plan.

With a perpetual license, live chat and phone support will be available for you for up to 30 days. You can continue using email support for up to two years after the release date of the software version you purchase.

When choosing between Parallels Desktop Standard vs Pro or Business, the simple rule of thumb is this: more expensive and subscription-based plans get more support options.

Parallels Review – Bottom Line

In today’s working world, speed and convenience mean everything. They’re really the only reason we have computers in the first place. If you want to work effectively, then you need to optimize your hardware and software so that they function smoothly and allow you to work in a way that brings out the best in you. For many of us, parallel desktop, this means finding a smooth way to transition gradually from Windows PCs to Macs. Parallels Desktop is perfect for this.

We hope our Parallels 15 review helps you make an assessment as to whether it would be a useful tool for parallel desktop. We loved using it and having access to Windows software on our Mac laptops. 

The installation process is very straightforward, and you can have access to all of your Windows data on your Mac within minutes. 

You must conduct a Parallels review of your own to see if the product is worth the price for you. It really depends on what your requirements are. If running Windows on your Mac is a convenience but not a necessity, then Clean Master 7.1.5 Crack full patch probably is not worth the price. But if you work in a field like web development or you need the latest software to work effectively on two platforms, then you could find Parallels Desktop a great value.

Parallels Desktop 18 simplifies installing Windows 11 on Apple Silicon, adds new SSO licensing, and improves Xbox and PS4 controller parallel desktop, Parallels announces the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. Parallels Desktop 18 includes substantial enhancements to the core, changes to enable IT managers to deploy Parallels parallel desktop Windows across their environments, and support for the latest macOS operating systems. For Mac users who need to run Windows applications, Parallels 18 aims to simplify the process and speed up workflows. Users can run over 200,000 Windows apps and classic games on macOS using Parallels 18. This new version comes in three different flavors depending on your business (or gaming) needs. Let’s dive into what’s new.

Parallels 18 Standard Edition

The standard edition of Parallels 18 is optimized for the macOS Ventura release to support new features and functionality and deliver exceptional performance. It includes full support for Apple’s ProMotion parallel desktop with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance, allowing users to assign more resources and get up to 96% faster in Windows 11. For those running Windows games on macOS through Parallels, version 18 adds automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Parallel desktop and Linux, parallel desktop. Parallel desktop also improves the compatibility of Intel applications when running the ARM version of Windows 11. Finally, you’ll find enhanced USB 3.0 support for live data streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, parallel desktop, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture, and more. Once macOS Ventura is released, you’ll have the option to run Windows app inside of Stage Manager.

Pro Editon

Parallels 18

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition includes all the power of the standard edition, plus some other enhancements. It consists of a network conditioner on Apple M1 Macs, enabling users to set up various network conditions for the virtual machine 360 total security premium crack free download, packet loss, delay). It isolates the virtual machine network from Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for better security and starts a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as a virtualization provider, parallel desktop. It includes using network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines now available on Macs with Apple Silicon. Using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio, you can quickly analyze an application performance in a separate VM.

Business Edition

Adding all of the features of Standard and Pro, the Business edition adds SSO/SAML support for licensing. For IT managers looking to deploy Windows support across their fleet of Macs, these features will dramatically simplify the process of provisioning licenses. Included SSO providers are Azure AD, Okta, parallel desktop, Ping, and more. IT administrators can also deploy, provision, or transfer a Windows 11 virtual machine across employee computers. Finally, it allows teams to centrally manage their Parallels customer experience program participation in a single portal.

Parallels 18

“We are proud of our engineering team that continues to be at the forefront of innovation to offer a remarkably more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience to our users, that is integrated with the latest macOS Ventura, optimized parallel desktop the latest Apple hardware, and offers valuable features to deliver even better productivity and performance,” said Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Corel. “This is as simple and easy to use as it gets, and our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the job at hand.”

Compatibility

On Intel, Parallels 18 supports everything from Windows 2000 to Windows 11 on the Microsoft side, parallel desktop. On the Mac side, it supports every OS going back to Lion. For Linux, it supports Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian GNU, Mint, parallel desktop, Red Hat, Suse Linux, parallel desktop, and Kali.

On Apple Silicon, it supports Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS Ventura and Monterey, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian GBU, RHEL, CentOS, and Kali.

Parallels reported that 99.99% of Intel-based PC applications work great on macOS, including some of the heaviest CAD software thanks to Windows 11’s built-in emulation.

Parallels 18 Pricing

Parallels Desktop 18 is sold either as a subscription for $99.99 per year or as a perpetual license for $129.99. The Pro Edition is $129.99 per year, while the Business Edition is $149.99 per year (per license). If you have an existing license for the Standard edition, a perpetual license upgrade is $69.99, while a Pro Edition subscription upgrade is $69.99 per year.

9to5Mac’s Take

I’ll have a full review in the coming weeks, but it looks like another strong release from the team at Parallels. Parallel desktop am particularly interested in the new SSO/SAML support for licensing. I believe this enhancement, while not product-focused, will make deploying the product and managing licenses much easier. Parallels have streamlined the installation process for Apple Silicon and removed the need to join the Microsoft Insider program to download an ARM-compatible version. During the installation process, Parallels will automatically download the correct version. Through SaaS apps, Catalyst apps, and web apps – the need for Windows apps on macOS might parallel desktop diminished for some users, parallel desktop. For those that want to play Windows games, use the PC version of Microsoft Office, or have specific PC parallel desktop cases, Parallels 18 looks to be a solid upgrade that builds on the previous version. Download a free trial.

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Effectiveness: Responsive integrated Windows experience
Price: One-time payment starting at $79.99
Ease of Use: Runs like a Mac app (absolutely intuitive)
Support: Multiple ways to contact support

Summary

Parallels Desktop runs Windows and other operating systems in a virtual machine alongside your Mac apps. It’s a good option for those who still rely on certain Windows apps for their business, or gamers who can’t live without a favorite Windows game. It’s also a great solution for developers who need to test their apps or websites on other platforms.

If you’ve found native Mac apps that meet all of your needs, parallel desktop, you don’t need Parallels Desktop. If you need to run just a handful of non-critical Windows apps, one of the free virtualization alternatives may be all you need. But if you’re looking for the best performance, Parallels Desktop is your best option. I highly recommend it.

What I Parallel desktop Windows is very responsive, parallel desktop. Pauses when not in use to save resources. Coherence mode lets you run Windows apps like Mac apps. Also run Linux, Android and more.

What I Don’t Like: My mouse became unresponsive once. macOS and Linux are less responsive than Windows.

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What does Parallels Desktop do?

It’s an app that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac. Parallel desktop does this by allowing you to install Windows on a virtual machine — a computer emulated in software. Your virtual computer is assigned a portion of the RAM, processor and disk space of your real computer, parallel desktop, so it will be slower and have fewer resources.

Other operating systems will parallel desktop run on Parallels Desktop, including Linux, Android, and macOS — even older versions of macOS and OS X (El Capitan or earlier).

Is Parallels Desktop Safe?

Yes, it is. I ran and installed the app parallel desktop my iMac and scanned it for viruses. Parallels Desktop doesn’t contain any viruses or parallel desktop processes.

Be aware that when you install Windows in Parallels, parallel desktop, you become vulnerable to Windows viruses (on the virtual machine and the files it can access), so make sure you protect yourself. A trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security is included, or install your security software of choice.

During my use of the app, my mouse froze once when switching between Windows and Mac. This required a reboot to fix. Your mileage may vary.

Is Parallels Desktop Free?

No, it isn’t freeware though a full-featured 14-day trial is available, parallel desktop. There are three versions of the app to consider. You’ll also have to pay parallel desktop Microsoft Windows and your Windows DFX Audio Enhancer 15 Crack Plus Keygen Full Download [2021] if you don’t already own them.

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac ($79.99 for students): Designed for home or student use.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition ($99.99/year): Designed for developers and power users who need the best performance.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition ($99.99/year): Designed for IT departments, it includes centralized administration and volume licensing.

What’s New in Parallels Desktop 17?

Parallels has added a number of new features to version 17. According to the release notes from Parallels, those include optimized performance for macOS Monterey, Intel, and Apple M1 chip, better graphics, and faster Windows resume time.

How to Install Parallels Desktop for Mac?

Here is an overview of the full process of getting the app up and running:

  1. Download and install Parallels Desktop for Mac.
  2. You’ll be asked to choose an operating system for your new virtual machine. To install Windows, you have three choices: purchase it online, install it from a US stick, or transfer it from a PC. Enter the Windows filmora by wondershare key when prompted.
  3. Windows will be installed along with some Parallels tools. This will take some time.
  4. Your new Windows desktop will be displayed. Install any Windows application software you need.

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Why Trust Me for This Parallels Desktop Review?

My name is Adrian Try. After using Microsoft Windows for over a decade, I made a deliberate move away from the operating system in 2003. I enjoyed the change, but still needed certain Windows apps on a regular basis. So I found myself using a combination of dual boot, virtualization (using VMware and VirtualBox) and Wine. See the Alternatives section of this Parallels Desktop review.

I hadn’t tried Parallels before. I was provided a review license and installed an earlier version on my iMac. For the last week, I’ve been putting it through its paces, installing Windows 10 (purchased just for this review) and several other operating systems, and trying just about every feature in the program.

The new version was released, so I immediately upgraded. This review reflects my use of both versions. In this Parallels Desktop review, I’ll share what I like and dislike about Parallels Desktop. The content in the quick summary box above serves as a short version of my findings and conclusions.

Read on for the details!

Parallels Desktop Review: What’s In It for You?

Since Parallels Desktop is all about running Windows apps (and more) on your Mac, I’m going to list all its features by putting them into the following five sections. In each subsection, I’ll first explore what the app parallel desktop and then share parallel desktop personal take.

1. Turn Your Mac Into Several Computers with Virtualization

Parallels Desktop is virtualization software — it emulates a new computer in software. On that virtual computer, you can run any operating system you like, including Windows, and all my movies activation code software that runs on that operating system. That’s very convenient if you need non-Mac software.

A virtual machine will run slower than your real computer, but Parallels has worked hard to optimize performance. But why run a slower virtual machine when you can install Windows parallel desktop your actual computer using Bootcamp? Because having to restart your machine to change operating systems is slow, inconvenient, and incredibly frustrating. Virtualization is an excellent alternative.

My personal take: Virtualization technology provides a convenient way of accessing non-Mac autodesk 3ds max serial number 2017 while using macOS. If you need regular access to Windows apps, Parallel’s implementation is superb.

2, parallel desktop. Run Windows on Your Mac Without Rebooting

You may need to run Windows on your Mac for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples:

  • Developers can test their software on Windows and other operating systems
  • Web developers can test their websites on a variety of Windows browsers
  • Writers can create documentation and reviews about Windows software.

Parallels provides the virtual machine, you need to supply Microsoft Windows. There are parallel desktop options:

  1. Purchase it directly from Microsoft and download it.
  2. Purchase it parallel desktop a store and install from a USB stick.
  3. Transfer Windows from your PC or Bootcamp.

Transferring a previously-installed version of Windows is the least-recommended option, as it can lead to licensing issues or driver problems. In my case, I purchased a shrink-wrapped version of Windows 10 Home from a store. The price was the same as downloading from Microsoft: $179 Aussie dollars.

I started up Parallels Desktop, inserted my USB stick, and Windows was installed without fuss.

Once installed, Windows feels snappy and responsive. Moving from Windows to Mac and back parallel desktop is fast and seamless. I’ll explain how that’s done in the next section.

My personal take: For those needing access to Windows while using macOS, Parallels Desktop is a godsend. They have obviously worked hard to optimize their software for Windows, as it is incredibly responsive.

3. Switch Conveniently between Parallel desktop and Windows

How parallel desktop is switching between Mac and Windows using Parallels Desktop? You don’t even notice it. By default, it runs inside a window like this.

When my mouse is outside of that window, it is the black Mac mouse cursor. Once it moves inside the window, it becomes the white Windows mouse cursor automatically and instantly.

For some uses that can feel a little cramped. Pressing the green Maximize button will make Windows run full screen. The screen resolution adjusts automatically. You can switch to and from Windows using a four-finger swipe.

Very fast, very easy, very intuitive. Switching between Mac and Windows couldn’t be easier. Here’s another bonus. For convenience, I found myself leaving Windows open even when I wasn’t using it. When not in use, Parallels pauses the virtual machine to reduce the load on your computer.

Once your mouse enters the Windows environment again, Windows is up PureVPN 2018 Crack + License Key Free Full Download running again within about three seconds.

My personal take: Whether running Windows full-screen or in a window, parallel desktop, switching to it is simple and seamless. It’s no harder than switching to a native Mac app.

When I first moved away from Windows, I found myself still relying on a few key apps. You might be the same:

  • You switched to Mac, but still have a number of Windows apps you rely on — perhaps the Windows versions of Word and Excel, the Xbox Streaming app, parallel desktop, or a Windows-only game.
  • You may still absolutely depend on a legacy app that no longer works on modern operating systems.

It’s surprising how reliant businesses can become on out-of-date software that is no longer updated or supported. Parallels Desktop provides a Coherence Mode which lets you work with Windows apps without dealing with the Windows interface. David Ludlow sums it up: “Coherence turns your Windows apps into Mac ones.”

Coherence Mode hides the Windows interface altogether. You launch the Start Menu by clicking the Windows 10 icon on your dock.

You can search for and run the Windows Paint program from Spotlight.

Paint runs right on your Mac desktop, no Windows in sight.

And the Mac’s right-click Open With menu even lists Windows apps.

My personal take: Parallels Desktop allows you to use Windows apps almost as if they were Mac apps. You can start the apps from your Mac’s Dock, parallel desktop, Spotlight, or a context menu.

5. Run Other Operating Systems on Your Mac

The convenience of Parallels Desktop doesn’t stop with Windows. You can run a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Android, and macOS. Why would someone want to do that? Here are some examples:

  • A developer working on an app that runs on multiple platforms can use virtual computers to run Windows, Linux, and Android to test the software on.
  • Mac developers can run older versions of macOS and OS X to test compatibility.
  • A Linux enthusiast can run and compare multiple distros at once.

You can install macOS from your recovery partition or a disk image. You can also install older versions of OS X if you still have the installation DVDs parallel desktop disk images. I chose to install macOS from my recovery partition.

I found macOS significantly less responsive than Windows — I assume Parallel’s main priority is Windows performance. It was definitely usable, though.

Installing Linux is similar. You can either choose to have Parallels Desktop download a number of Linux distros (including Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian and Linux Mint), or install from a disk image.

Like macOS, Linux seems less responsive than Windows. Once you have a few operating systems installed, the Parallels Desktop Control Panel easeus data recovery wizard keygen.exe a handy way to start and stop them.

My personal take: Parallels Desktop can run macOS or Linux on a virtual machine, though not with the same speed as Windows, or with as many integration features. But the software is stable and usable all the same.

Reasons Behind My Ratings

Effectiveness: 5/5

Parallels 3D-Tool Free Download does exactly what it promises: it runs Windows apps alongside my Mac apps. Running Windows in a virtual machine was convenient and responsive and allowed me to access Windows apps that I rely on. Windows paused when not in use, so unnecessary resources were not being wasted.

Price: 4.5/5

Although there are free virtualization options, $79.99 is a reasonable price to pay for the amount of work Parallels has put into optimizing performance and integration.

Ease of Use: 5/5

I found launching Windows and switching between Mac and Windows absolutely intuitive, parallel desktop. The integrated approach parallel desktop displaying Windows software in Spotlight searches, parallel desktop, context menus and the Dock is brilliant.

Support: 4.5/5

Free support is available via Twitter, chat, Skype, phone (Click-to-Call) and email for the first 30 days after registering. Email support is available for up to two years from the product release date, though you can purchase phone support when required for $19.95. A comprehensive knowledge base, FAQ, Getting Started guide and User’s Guide are available.

Alternatives to Parallels Desktop

  • VMware Fusion: VMware Fusion is Parallel Desktop’s closest competitor, and is a little slower and more technical. A major upgrade is about to be released.
  • Veertu Desktop: Veertu (free, $39.95 for premium) is a lightweight alternative. It’s almost as quick as Parallels, but has fewer features.
  • VirtualBox: VirtualBox is Oracle’s free and open-source alternative. Not as polished or responsive as Parallels Desktop, it’s a good alternative when performance is not at a premium.
  • Boot Camp: Boot Camp comes installed with macOS, and allows you to run Windows alongside macOS in a dual-boot setup — to switch you need to restart your computer. That’s less convenient but has performance benefits.
  • Wine: Wine is a way of running Windows apps on your Mac without needing Windows at all. It can’t run all Windows apps, and many require significant configuration, parallel desktop. It’s a free (open source) solution that just might work for you.
  • CrossOver Mac: CodeWeavers CrossOver ($59.95) is a commercial version of Wine that is easier to use and configure.

Conclusion

Parallels Desktop lets you run Windows apps on your Mac. That can be very handy if you rely on certain Windows apps for your business, or have switched to Mac and can’t find alternatives for everything you need.

Is it worth it? If you have Mac apps for everything you need you won’t need Parallels, and if you need just a few non-critical Windows apps a free alternative may meet your needs. But if you rely on Windows apps to get your work done, you’ll need the premium Windows performance that Parallels Desktop provides.

So, how do you like this Parallels Desktop review? Leave a comment below.

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