Parallels continues to address the needs of their users before there’s even a need, this time with the release of Parallels Desktop 10.
OS X Yosemite may not even be available yet, but Parallels is ready, rolling Yosemite’s announced features into Windows and Windows applications. This includes iCloud Drive support, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook. In addition, new ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that will guide users through the set up process, allowing them to easily optimize for gaming, mobile use, productivity, etc.
Parallels Desktop 10 gets out of the way so customers can think less about the tools being used and more about what’s important. It also offers the choice and freedom to use whatever operating system fits your needs – including OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, Android and a number of Linux operating systems – all on one computer.
New features and improvements include:
- Performance and Optimisation – Windows documents open up to 48% faster, battery life is extended by up to 30%, virtual machines use up to 10% less Mac memory, and more.
- Easier to get started via one-click usage optimization, the new Parallels Control Centre for managing Parallels Desktop, streamlined Windows installation and regional setting defaults.
- Seamless integration for sharing files, launching Windows apps from the OS X Launchpad, drag and drop file opening, default setting restoration, and more.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition is also being updated.
IT managers can now support Windows applications for Mac users with a configurable, policy-compliant solution that easily fits into existing IT business processes. New features allow administrators to select and enforce a USB device policy, install OS X guests using a NetBoot image from a server on the corporate network, 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 seats directly. Built upon the world’s best-selling Mac desktop virtualisation solution, it adds centralised administration and management capabilities as well as enhanced security to keep IT in control of virtual machines.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available now as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers at www.parallels.com and retail on Aug. 26th for $79.99, $39.99 for the Student Edition. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 users are $49.99. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac customers will receive a free three-month subscription to Parallels Access for iOS and Android mobile devices.