Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

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    March 06, 2012
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    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7

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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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5 stars

"Very Happy with this, excellent product"

October 22, 2014  |  By rogermanawatu

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop for Mac


Quick to start on my Macbook Pro, Mavericks
Runs all my familiar windows programs, while I am learning all the Mac systems
Runs the two systems without conflict and allows access to the files within windows
Stable in running


Well windows 8 can still get virus infections and needs protections as usual, one of my big reasons for walking away from MS
Costs a bit, and upgrades cost. but overall it saves a lot of trouble, retains the use of some treasured MS software and data.


I have evaluated this for 6 months now, and am very impressed and happy with this system on my MAC. It gives me the best of both worlds. I recently had a problem where windows was in the middle of some updates, but I shut it down prematurely. Windows 7 wouldn't start up again. After a small search of the knowledge base, I learned how to start up windows in safe mode, overcame the startup problem, and away it went again. So this reminded me to backup any data I valued within the windows application, in case of a windows failure. It is a little less accessible if a problems occurs and windows has to be re-installed or something. But the main thing I like is the fact that this gives me two machines in one. I have been using windows for 20 years or more and there are some things I cannot change over to Mac. It is good to be able to keep using them, without having to have a second computer. I changed over because of Windows 8 and because of Microsofts apparent unconcern with users dislike of it. I am now grateful to them for helping me into Mac, which is different, but better in many ways. Roger Levy

Updated on Oct 22, 2014

6 months later, using Parallels and still happy with its stability. Not likely to update until I have to. Recently I had an issue with windows 7 not wanting to startup-something to do with a bad shutdown. But I leaned how to start it up in Safemode and the problem went away.

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Full Specifications

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.
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site
Release Date March 06, 2012
Date Added March 06, 2012
Version 7.0.15055
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 282.6MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-10.1.0-28600.dmg
Total Downloads 138,551
Downloads Last Week 235
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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