Parallels Desktop for Mac 14 has been unveiled. The popular cross-platform solution that lets you run Windows 10 on your Mac features support for Apple’s upcoming macOS Mojave update and includes storage and performance enhancements, and more.
The primary focus of this year’s Parallels Desktop for Mac release is on enhanced storage optimization. This year’s version is between 20 percent and 30 percent smaller than earlier releases. This will allow you to save as much as 20GB of disk space.
Performance improvements, meanwhile, include:
- Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modeling, cryptography and other complex math calculations workloads)
- Up to 80 percent faster application launch
- Up to 10 percent faster boot time
- Up to 30 percent faster suspend operation on APFS partition
- Up to 130 percent more frames per second in Shared Camera
- Up to 17 percent more frames per second in Coherence view mode
Also, for the first time, Apple TouchBar support has arrived for the following popular Windows apps: Microsoft Visio and OneNote, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Revit, Quicken, QuickBooks and Visual Studio. They join other apps that picked up TouchBar support in previous years including Office 2016 (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), Windows Start Menu and desktop (Cortana, Task View and Task Bar pinned elements), File Explorer (File Open and Save As settings), and web browsers (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Vivaldi).
In announcing Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac, Jack Zubarev, Parallels president explains:
Millions of Parallels Desktop customers highly value performance and efficiency. With Parallels Desktop 14, we’ve taken those to the next level by focusing on graphics and storage, allowing customers to save as much as 20 GB of disk space while enjoying the best-ever performance. Personal productivity enhancements include more Windows features available on Mac devices. Touch Bar support for Windows applications—such as OneNote or Quicken—enables customers to add their favorite applications to the Mac Touch Bar so their shortcuts are at their fingertips.
You can download a copy of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac online. Current version 12 and 13 users can upgrade to the latest version for $49.99. New users can buy the software for $99.99 or sign up for a $79.99 per-year subscription. Parallels Desktop 14 Pro Edition and Business Edition are both priced at $99.99 per year.
For testing purposes, you can download free trials of both Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac and Windows 10.