Parallels Desktop is #5 in Top 10 Desktop Virtualization software

Last updated: November 04, 2019
With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag and drop files between Windows and Mac applications and launch Windows applications from your Mac dock. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphics intensive ones, with ease.

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#5 in Top 10 Desktop Virtualization software


The best alternatives to Parallels Desktop are: VMware Fusion, Boot Camp, VirtualBox, CrossOver

Latest news about Parallels Desktop

2015. Parallels Desktop 11 brings Cortana to Mac

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac brings Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant to the OS X desktop. You can run the virtual Windows10 in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac and Cortana can pop up from the OS X dock when you say “Hey, Cortana.” You can use it in all the ways you normally use Cortana (news, weather, Web search) and to launch Mac apps. It also adds the new Windows Notification center to the Mac desktop — it sweeps in from the side of the screen, just like on Windows 10. Parallels Desktop 11 also brings Mac features to the virtualized Windows system, like Quick Look, which you access via the space bar. And if your MacBook has a Force Touch-supporting touchpad, you can use that to quickly access word definitions in Microsoft Word for Windows.

2014. Parallels Desktop 10 allows to run Windows on Yosemite Mac

The new version of OS X is almost here, and the new version of Parallels Desktop — the software that lets you run Windows on a Mac — is almost here, too. With Parallels Desktop 10 installed on your Mac, you won't just be able to run Windows on a "virtual machine" within your Mac, you'll be able to do it significantly faster then previous generations. Developers say that in the new version Windows documents open 48% faster, and Office 2013 apps launch 50% faster. At the same time, battery life is extended up to 30%, and the Windows "machine" uses 10% less memory. The new version also automatically add Windows apps to the Mac's Launchpad, and you can even use the Windows 8.1 Start screen as the Launchpad. Parallels enables sharing from Windows apps to any of the user's Internet accounts on the Mac side.