parallels 10

Parallels this morning announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the highly anticipated update for its popular virtual environment software. The new version is available now as an upgrade for existing users, and will launch on August 26th for new customers.

For those unfamiliar with it, Parallels Desktop makes it extremely easy to install and run alternate operating systems on your Mac such as Windows or Linux. And today’s update adds in [experimental] support for OS X Yosemite, better battery life, and other improvements…

Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable changes:

  • Mac OS X Yosemite integration, iPhone calling integration, iCloud Drive and iPhoto Library support
  • Users can now open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster
  • Battery life is extended by up to 30 percent giving people additional work time when they need it most
  • Virtual machines use up to 10 percent less Mac memory
  • New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50 percent faster
  • Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development
  • The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place
  • Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.
  • When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X Launchpad

And here’s a promotional clip showing the update in action:

If you’re interested, Desktop Parallels 8 and 9 users can find today’s upgrade here for $49.99 (again, new users will have to wait until the 26th). You’ll also get a free 3-month subscription to Parallels Access, which allows you connect to your computer using your iOS device.

  • ZacheryL

    Guys for trial version as new customer simply go to parallels(dot)com/directdownload/pd10

    I happen to know the link as it was in the package if you bought a physical copy.

    • Miqdad

      Awesome! Thanks. 😀

  • Quang

    Just upgraded

  • Warmachine69

    I’m so jealous ^_^

  • omrishtam

    is there a windows version of parallels desktop besides vmware?

  • Tom

    What’s better; bootcamp or Parallells?

    • Xee

      I like Parallels, as I can four finger swipe between Windows and OSX when maximized.
      Maybe for more intensive tasks like gaming Bootcamp would be better?

    • pdrake007

      Bootcamp runs better as the computer is only calculating one operating system at a time (so a lot better for windows gaming) but if theres just a single Windows program you want to run or want to run Windows and Mac programs at the same time then Parallels will be best.

    • Both! You can use BootCamp for when you want to just run Windows and you can use Parallells to run your BootCamp partition within OS X…

  • Justin Rowe

    Doh I bought Parallels 9 about 2 weeks ago!!! Should of researched better

  • Jack Wong

    I no longer getting Parallel Desktop since 7, a new version every year for the new features like better performance, battery life…

    I am using Virtual Box and it also does the job.

  • Marcus

    I wish my computer was powerful so that I could run Parallel’s without my entire computer lagging lol

    • If it’s lagging you might want to adjust the settings of the virtual machine to give it access to more RAM and CPU. If it’s just your computer being slow then you have a sad conundrum on your hands.

      • Marcus

        Thanks for trying to help Aidin. I wish that was the reason for the lag on my computer. Sadly, I have a Fall 2011 MacBook pro with only 4 GB of RAM 🙁

      • MC

        I have a Fall 2008 MBPro with 4GB Ram and runs parallels with no problem – no lag – in Coherence mode. Am just running Quicken on it and a couple of other programs tho – not gaming. Really check you settings

  • James Gunaca

    No improved retina support or does this rely on Windows?

  • Eikast

    I wonder if the performance also affects Linux distro like Xubuntu.
    I need to use linux for classes (computer science). $50 for an upgrade…with student discount I’m better of just buying a new license of Parallels 10 lol

    • Louie

      Exactly so stupid I think I just might do the same although version 9 is working perfecly on yosemite.

    • By the way you can install some Linux distros onto a MacBook. I have Ubuntu Gnome installed and it works no problem at all except for the fact that sleeping doesn’t work properly and neither does the iSight camera (both of which are problems that can probably be solved with a bit of research).