Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 235 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.15055
  • Total Downloads:
    138,862
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 06, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try; $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    282.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    285
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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It's nothing new that Intel-powered Macs have been running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for some time using Apple's Boot Camp. But one of the best utilities on the market for switching between operating systems lets you switch without a reboot.

Parallels Desktop allows you to switch seamlessly between operating systems without the need to reboot your Mac. Even better, regardless of which system you're running at the time, when you open a file type that's for another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes the file type and makes the switch for you. Added support for 3D graphics allows Mac users the ability to play Windows games using the full power of your Mac's video card.

Parallels Desktop helps keep your virtual environments safe through the use of Snapshots. The feature lets you to take a snapshot of your Windows system (for example) when its in a healthy state so if you encounter any viruses or spyware while surfing, you can essentially rewind to your previously saved snapshot. This is extremely helpful for testing beta software and makes sure you have an option when dangerous trojans or spyware infect your virtual system.

Recent versions of Parallels Desktop have included several new enhancements that are all useful for those who work in multiple virtual environments. Spotlight integration now lets you search for Windows programs faster; 3D graphics enhancements make your favorite PC games run better on your Mac with DirectX support; and you can even manage Windows apps through Mac OS features like Spaces and Expose.

Overall, Parallels Desktop offers a seamless experience for switching between virtual OS machines and a number of extras that let you take full advantage of Windows apps you need or are used to working with in your particular work environment. Though there are more inexpensive options, Parallels has a tool set that puts it above other offerings.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 235 votes

    • 5 star 89
    • 4 star 57
    • 3 star 34
    • 2 star 16
    • 1 star 39
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5 stars

"Parallels Desktop Tech. Support"

August 02, 2012  |  By MikeTredway

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055

Pros

I am extremely impressed with the Tech.Support I have received from them. I have not expereienced the like for years.

Cons

When I find some I'll let you know

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1 stars

"Charging you to watch adds!"

July 30, 2012  |  By jeffreymadson

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055

Pros

Fast and does virtualization very well.

Cons

I am responsible for 100's of copies of Parallels worldwide. The company has decided to display ads for itself and others into the interface of this application even after you purchase at full price. They say that you can select them and turn them off one at a time but that only stops that particular add from coming again. They also say that there is no way to turn them off permanently but a solution has been provide on the internet if you look.

I am shocked that Parallels has turned their flagship Application into a billboard. I will not be subsidizing Parallels advertising within my Application in future purchasing, goodbye Parallels.

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5 stars

"Parallels Desktop for Mac saves using two machines"

April 11, 2012  |  By RecordOrders

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055

Pros

When needing to run Visual Studio or programs only made for Windows they can run in coherence mode without starting the Windows OS. Excellent program for the cost, even better with the student discount.

Cons

Requires a separate license of Windows. Takes up space on the drive for the whole OS when only one or two programs are needed under Windows. Requires a second IP address to run without any issues when using a browser within the Win OS.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.15055
  • Support for OS X Mountain Lion (experimental).
  • Support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview (experimental).
  • Download and install Windows 8 Consumer Preview right from the Parallels Wizard.
General
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site http://www.parallels.com
Release Date March 06, 2012
Date Added March 06, 2012
Version 7.0.15055
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 282.58MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-10.1.1-28614.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 138,862
Downloads Last Week 285
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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