OS X Yosemite inspires Parallels to upgrade Desktop

OS X Yosemite inspires Parallels to upgrade Desktop

Summary: Additional features and the new look of the OS X Yosemite has played a key part in how Parallels has designed Desktop 10.


Cross platform solutions provider Parallels has announced the launch of Desktop 10 for Mac and for Mac Enterprise Edition.

The software, which enables Windows to run on Macs, has been upgraded to include a range of features including enabling users to launch Office applications up to 50 percent faster and help extend the battery life of their Macs by 30 percent.

Parallels Desktop 10 also brings many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, such as included support for iCloud Drive and Photo Library; the ability to right-click on a number to call with iPhone, iMessages, and SMS text sharing from Windows; and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.

Users will also be able drag and drop files to the virtual machine — that will use up to 10 percent less memory — in the Dock to open in Windows, as well as share files, text, or web pages from Windows via configured social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, or email.

For professionals and enterprises, Parallels has also updated Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, which means IT managers can now support Windows applications for Mac users with a configurable solutions that will fit into existing IT business processes. New features include allowing administrators to select and enforce a USB device policy, encrypt OS X virtual machines with the help of the FileVault encryption feature built into OS X, and check the status of licenses and reclaim them directly.

According to Eugenio Ferrante, Parallels Asia Pacific cross platform solutions general manager, Parallels has developed the new features around five key focus areas: Improving the user experience by creating a seamless transition between the Mac and Windows world; performance; features for developers and IT professionals; taking advantage of OS X Yosemite 'coolness'; and management and security.

"The overarching idea behind this is we're going back to making it easy for somebody to buy Windows on their Macs," he said.

From August 20, current users of Desktop 8 and 9 will be able to upgrade to Desktop 10, and for new users the full version will be available from August 26.

Topic: Enterprise Software


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  • Will Parallels Desktop 9 be patched to work with OS X Yosemite....

    Upon the release of OS X Mavericks Parallels Desktop 8 all but stopped working so Parallels Desktop 9 was a forced upgrade.

    There are two major pieces of virtualisation software for Mac. One being Parallels Desktop the other VMware Fusion. I assume VMware Fusion 7 is planned for OS X Yosemite but unlike Parallels the previous VMware Fusion 5 works just fine with OS X Mavericks.

    If Parallels Desktop 9 is not patched to work with OS X Yosemite it looks as though I will be keeping OS X Mavericks as my primary production partition.

    OS X Mavericks (now 10.9.4) has developed in to a solid release and with OS X Yosemite shortly it will no doubt appeal to a new generation of Mac users.

    OS X Yosemite is a brilliant but controversial release. Brilliant as a Media Centre and the forward thinking Mac user. Controversial to many existing Mac users. I sit on the fence hence I shall be dual booting with OS X Mavericks. Currently I have the recently released OS X Developer Preview 6 installed on a separate partition and its certainly a departure from what has gone before.

    Exciting times indeed.
  • Sharing security?

    How secure will it be to share to the virtual machine or to another person via iMessenger? That's been one of my huge concerns and I can't seem to find that answer anywhere. I'm a virtual paralegal so security is a must for me. Several of my clients use Macs. We use mikogo.com to share documents and conference because of its security and light install. It works for me because it's inexpensive. I've seen a lot of complaints about the price of the Parallel license. Do you feel that's a justified complaint?
  • paralells upgrade

    Seems every year or so I have to pay for an upgrade, worse than MS. At least OS is usually free as it should be. I don't think I will pay again for parallels. If the company is not smart enough to make a program that works for most updates the I decline. We are not all millionaires. If some one comes up with a free virtual machine program count me in.
    Printer driver updates are free as are mobs of other related products. NOT SO parallels.