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    Apr. 07, 2017
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Editors' Review


Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac lets you easily run Windows on your Mac, giving you quick access to both operating systems with having to restart to use one or the other.


Multiple OSes, multiple ways to set up a VM: Parallels 12 offers a handful of methods to set up a virtual machine (VM). You can start by using a Windows 10 disc image, by migrating Windows from a PC, or by using a version of Windows that you've installed with Apple's Boot Camp. In addition to Windows 10, Parallels can run the 64-bit versions of Windows dating back to Windows XP, a second copy of OS X going back to Lion, popular flavors of Linux and Unix, and even the 32-bit versions of Chrome OS and Android. Parallels' maker says the app will work seamlessly with the forthcoming MacOS Sierra.

Integrate or separate Windows: Work as you wish with your multiple OSes. With Coherence view, Parallels merges Windows and OS X, adding Windows controls to the OS X menu bar and dock. If that seems like too much togetherness, you can choose to show the traditional Windows desktop and apps gathered in a separate window. In the VM, you have access to the Windows 10 Store, Edge browser, and Cortana, and you can cut and paste between environments.

Helpful Mac utilities: Parallels 12 comes with a collection of Mac utilities that help you perform common Mac tasks, including taking screenshots, unarchiving files, and downloading videos. The 20 Parallels Toolbox for Mac utilities are also available as an individual collection with a $9.99 per year subscription.


Integration can be cluttered: If you like to keep your workspace neat and tidy, Parallels Coherence might be a bit much. The way it merges Mac and Windows environments can feel cramped, and the Parallels interface elements add a third piece of navigation to the Mac and Windows UI elements.

Bottom Line

Parallels Desktop for Mac does a nice job of running Windows on your Mac, allowing you to use multiple OSes side by side, without having to reboot into one or the other to use it.

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Publisher Parallels
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Release Date April 07, 2017
Date Added April 07, 2017
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 256.07MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-12.2.0-41591.dmg
Total Downloads 162,605
Downloads Last Week 204
License Model Free to try
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Price $79.99

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