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Parallels Desktop For Mac Business

Note: Get Windows 11 from Microsoft option is not available in Parallels Desktop for Business. It is advised to deploy a custom virtual machine pre-configured for your business environment (see KB 120093).

Parallels Desktop For Mac Business


Parallels Desktop for Mac is desktop virtualization software that allows Microsoft Windows, Linux and Google Chrome OSes and applications to run on an Apple Mac computer. The software integrates the guest OS into macOS, allowing it to mimic native OS performance.

Users can choose to run Mac and guest apps side by side on the Mac OS or as a full-fledged guest virtual desktop. For example, users can open a Windows app such as Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player from the Mac Finder utility. Similarly, users can drag and drop documents, folders and other data from Windows File Explorer to Finder and vice versa. Users can also swap between macOS and Windows without rebooting their computers and select which OS they want specific applications to open in.

Parallels Desktop for Mac comes with three modes. Coherence mode runs guest and Mac applications side by side in one window. Full Screen mode creates a full guest desktop, and Modality lets users resize and customize virtual machine windows running on top of the macOS.

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.[5] 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.

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.[26] 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.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac ( running on Mac OS X El Capitan, while using Microsoft's Cortana in OS X with both Mac and Windows apps, while simultaneously running Windows 10 and Windows 7. Additional guest operating systems shown on this Mac include Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu Linux and El Capitan. (Photo: Business Wire)

RENTON, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Parallels (, a global leader in cross-platform solutions and creator of industry-leading software for running Windows applications on a Mac, today announced that both Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac ( and Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) ( fully support OS X El Capitan. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (build 11.0.2) supports El Capitan as both a host and guest, as well as Windows 10 and dozens of other operating systems as a guest, and now offers the best of both worlds, enabling users to leverage the latest features and functionality from the newest operating system of their choice.

Whether an IT administrator, business user, software developer, power user, or someone that likes to use Windows software on a Mac, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac has special editions that are optimal for a variety of users. The Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition ( is a new version of the software specifically designed for developers, designers and power users, giving them the powerful tools they need for maximum productivity. Building on the Pro Edition features, Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition ( offers IT admins the most efficient means to enable their employees with Macs to run Windows applications.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available now to both current and new Parallels Desktop for Mac users at and at local retail stores worldwide.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is $79.99. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are $49.99, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for $49.99 per year. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available to new customers for $99.99 per year. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes a complimentary subscription to Parallels Access ( to remotely access the Mac and PC computers from any iOS or Android device as well as from other computers.

ParallelsJohn Uppendahl, 425-282-1734juppendahl@parallels.comVice President of CommunicationsorCohn & Wolfe for ParallelsRyan Donough,

Parallels, like VMware Fusion and VirtualBox, lets you run Windows in three ways: with the Windows desktop running in a window on your macOS desktop, in a full-screen mode, or via what Parallels calls Coherence mode. In Coherence mode, Parallels shows only a single Windows app on your Mac desktop in its own window and hides the rest of the Windows desktop. As I discuss in a later section, Parallels Desktop switches in and out of these modes quickly and seamlessly.

On an older Intel-based MacBook Pro, Windows 11 booted to the desktop in 34 seconds, and needed 4 seconds to resume. On the same Intel machine, VMware Fusion took 43 seconds to boot Windows 11 to the desktop and 15 seconds to resume from a suspended state. VirtualBox started Windows 11 in 38 seconds, but I found its performance unusably slow once I reached the desktop.

One of the rare issues with Mac ownership in a multi-platform working environment is that you may run into a situation better suited for a Windows desktop. Sometimes you simply can't run certain apps you may need, as macOS-compatible equivalents aren't available. Though other apps may perform the same functions, they may not be the right ones for the job.

The Windows desktop will show files stored on the Mac desktop, so you can easily open and change them within each operating system and directly impact the counterpart in the other. There's also disk space optimization, so you're not going to burn up a lot of capacity with the tool.

There is also the option to use what is referred to as Coherence, a mode where you see just the Windows app, not the entire Windows desktop. That means you could have Windows apps appearing as if they're running in macOS, which can be initially confusing but very helpful if you just want to see one app.

Parallels may not be free, but the straightforward process to get started with Windows on Apple Silicon is a world away from the more challenging VMWare experience. The Coherence mode to get Windows apps on the macOS desktop is just a cherry on top.

The Arm-based M1 and M2 chips used in the latest Mac models can no longer 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 PC manufacturers, which meant that Parallels' core business -- running Windows on Mac -- was starting to look like something of a dead end.

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, announces the launch of Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac (, the latest version of its powerful solution to run native Windows applications on Mac computers with Apple M11 and Intel chip. Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac, now a universal binary application, is optimized for the highly anticipated Windows 11 and macOS Monterey operating systems. Bringing exceptional speed and graphic improvements, it includes an enhanced Windows gaming experience, together with better resource management and visibility. Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac empowers users to run Windows applications on a Mac, more smoothly and faster than ever.

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Standard, Pro and Business Editions are all designed to offer an optimal experience on both M1- and Intel-based Mac computers, and can be purchased at or from authorized resellers worldwide. Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Access 6.5 and Parallels Toolbox 5 for Mac and Windows.

Ever since Apple moved to Intel chips last year, virtualization has gained popularity as an easy way to run Windows apps on newer Macs, with Parallels most likely the best choice. Each update has improved on its predecessor and the latest version offers better reliability, functionality and ease of use. Parallels 3.0 runs most desktop business applications flawlessly and now adds the ability to play a number of games.


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