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:
    7.0.15104.778994
  • Total Downloads:
    138,862
  • Date Added:
    August 03, 2012
  • File Size:
    282.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    285
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7

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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"Not an honest company"

August 16, 2012  |  By robjaco

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.15104.778994

Pros

Works in current year

Cons

You have to pay for upgrade for every update in the Mac OS. If you then upgrade to use the new MAC OS, they will come out with an update to that version a month later. So, if you want the most up to date version and be an early adopter, plan on spending $100 per year to use this software. They suck you in and then they got you.

Summary

If you are okay with spending $70 to $120 per year to have the latest Mac OS, go for it. ($20 for Mac OS + $50 to $100 for Parallels depending on how quick you upgrade to the annual Mac OS update.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.15104.778994
  • 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 August 03, 2012
Date Added August 03, 2012
Version 7.0.15104.778994
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
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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