Parallels Desktop® for Mac


VMware Fusion™

Comparing Technologies:
Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac vs VMware Fusion 7

  • Parallels Desktop boots Windows faster
  • Parallels Desktop scores better on 3D graphics
  • Parallels Desktop has 1-click optimization so your virtual machine performance soars
  • Parallels Desktop optimizes Windows 8.1 to make it usable
  • Parallels Desktop extends Mac OS X parental controls to Windows, Fusion doesn’t

Parallels Desktop® VS VMware Fusion™

Easy to Get Started
Double-click or drag & drop OS to create virtual machine
Optimize your virtual machine with 1 click 4 Options 2 Options
Mac time/language automatically set in Windows
Windows applications automatically added to Launchpad
1-click download of Chrome, Ubuntu and Android appliances
Move a PC to a virtual machine on the Mac

Seamless Integration
Mac native “Share” and “Save to” in Windows
Support for 3+ button mouse
Windows 8 Start screen functions like Launchpad
Outlook for Windows shows unread emails like
Drag & drop a file to Outlook icon to attach it to email

Free Disk Space Wizard helps reclaim unused space
Real-time virtual disk optimization
DirectX 10 support
Maximum virtual machine vCPUs and RAM 16/64 16/64

“From an investment point of view, I see that Parallels has always been in the forefront in getting new features out into the market much faster than VMware. Also, Parallels Desktop for Mac is perhaps one of the key products of Parallels, so I'm sure a lot of investment dollars goes into the R&D of the product as well.”

Reviews & Awards

We think Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is great. But don't just take our word for it. Millions of people use Parallels Desktop, and these are some of their stories. Parents. Pilots. Police Officers. Pharmacists. Project Managers. Whoever you and are whatever you do, Parallels Desktop unites Mac and Windows. The rest is up to you.

The List of Enhancement is Impressive
AUG 20, 2014

The list of enhancements in this Yosemite compatible version 10 is impressive. New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems — including OS X Yosemite — greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand.”

The Mac Observer
Windows on a Mac Less Annoying
AUG 20, 2014

Parallels Desktop 10 makes running Windows on a Mac less annoying. Seamlessly blend OS X and Windows on Mac machines, not just through visual aesthetics alone, but also integrating Apple services, Mac usability and data syncing into Windows, all without needing to reboot into a partition.”

New Real-time Optimization
AUG 20, 2014

Previous versions of Parallels have an option to “reclaim” disk space the virtual machine no longer needs, a process that can free up several gigabytes, but it requires shutting down the VM. New “real-time optimization” feature will automatically reclaim disk space without the VM needing to be shut down.”

Ars Technica
Really Solid Upgrade
AUG 08, 2014

Parallels Desktop 10 look nicer than ever before, is faster and integrates more deeply with both your Mac and the VMs you’re running. What more could you want!?”

Chris J.
AUG 07, 2014

Parallels Desktop is by far the best apps for running windows apps under OS X. Especially for beginners, Parallels is easier to use and install and sets itself up by default for the tightest possible integration.

Jacky K.
Just Keeps Getting Better Every Time
AUG 07, 2014

Parallels has been my go-to VM software for years. With each new version comes improvements in performance and suppport for new features of the host and guest operating systems. This version is no different in that regard. Version 10 takes compatibiltiy to new heights with improved support for Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite!

Jonathan S.

Volume License Program

Parallels Volume Licensing Program offers a simple and flexible approach to acquire the latest Parallels technologies and ensure your IT investment is protected. Licensing plans are available in the following options:

  • Corporate Volume Licensing Program
  • Academic Volume Licensing Program

Based on the size of your organization, a customized volume licensing program can address network computing requirements and purchasing preference while delivering a cost-effective and scalable solution. In addition, volume licensing allows organizations to acquire product licenses and maintenance plans, for a cost-effective and simple approach to acquiring the latest Parallels software.

Or do you need more licenses?

Contact us for more information.

Parallels offers a simple and flexible volume licensing program that rewards businesses, academic, non-profit and government organizations for volume purchasing. Realize deeper IT savings and get the best value from your software investment with a Parallels Volume Licensing Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. To learn what versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac are compatible with OS X Yosemite, please visit KB121895
  2. Why upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10? Check the OS X Yosemite features that are only supported by Parallels Desktop 10: KB122752
  3. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122647
  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or many retail stores. For Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use either the Full Product purchased at retail, or you can purchase the Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder version (lower price) which has some limitations. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  2. Will Parallels run on my current Mac hardware?  A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here.
  3. Can I use my license on multiple Macs?  Parallels licenses are valid only on 1 Mac per license.  For more information, please reference
  4. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses?  Yes. For information on how to purchase Education licenses, please visit here
  5. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing?  Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial here.
  6. I currently use VMware Fusion and am interested in switching to Parallels.  Information about switching to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac can be found here.
  7. What bonus software comes with Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac? See KB122654.

  1. Getting started is quick and easy. Instructions and video tutorials are available at KB122673.
  2. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122647.
  3. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122649.
  4. To register your copy of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122646.
  5. To activate your upgrade license Parallels Desktop 10 see KB122648.
  6. Does Windows come with my purchase of Parallels? Windows is sold separately from your Parallels Software. For Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use either the Full Product purchased at retail, or you can purchase the Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder version (lower price) which has some limitations. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  1. Easy guided steps for installing Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac can be found at KB4729
  2. How do I launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac ? See KB115170
  3. What are Virtual Machine profiles in Parallels Desktop 10? To learn how to set your profile and which is best for you, see KB122658.
  4. Can I migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine?  Yes, for instructions on how to migrate your Windows PC, visit KB115007.
  5. How to install Quicken, MS Office or other software in Windows Virtual Machine. See KB119310.
  6. Which networking mode (Bridged, Shared or Host-Only) should I prefer for the VM? See KB4948.
  7. How to install Parallels Tools? See KB115835.
  8. Parallels Desktop Sharing Tools. See KB122567.
  9. What is Coherence Mode? I cannot find my Windows Desktop/applications or see my open files. See KB4670
  1. Unable to activate Parallels Desktop for Mac. See KB116880.
  2. I lost my Parallels Desktop for Mac key. See KB115424.
  3. Unable to start Parallels Desktop: Troubleshooting Parallels Desktop start issues. See KB113990.
  4. A program for Windows does not work: troubleshooting third-party software issues. See KB112983.
  5. Network problems on virtual machine. See KB8978.
  6. Cannot install Parallels Tools. See KB8969.
  7. "There was a problem connecting to the server" error. See KB122806.
  8. Troubleshooting issues related to migrating a PC to Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine. See KB113269.
  9. Keyboard issues troubleshooting. See KB113932.
  10. Troubleshooting Sound Issues. See KB 112477.
  11. Troubleshooting USB Devices in Parallels Desktop for Mac. See KB111725.
  12. I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues. See KB113964.
  13. How to terminate a frozen virtual machine. See KB6338.
  14. Windows Login Password required after Windows update installation in the Virtual Machine. See KB114193.
  1. How do I set-up and install Parallels Access?  Instructions can be found at KB116770
  2. How do I access my Parallels Desktop Virtual Machine from Parallels Access? Please see KB116675
  3. I cannot find my Virtual Machine inside of Parallels Access? See KB116714 for more details.
  4. I installed Parallels Access inside of my Virtual Machine, but it is not working? See KB116745 for more details on troubleshooting.
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