Parallels Inc.

Parallels Desktop®
vs.
VMware Fusion

  • #1 choice of Mac users for over 10 years running
  • 3x faster VM suspend and resume operations
  • Save precious disk space with real-time virtual disk optimization
  • Seamless folder sharing between OS X and Windows
  • Free 1-year of online backup service
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox
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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac vs. VMware Fusion 8.5

Easy to Get Started
Parallels Desktop

VMware Fusion
Double-click or drag & drop to create a virtual machine
One-click download of Chromium OS, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS and Debian
Purchase and install Windows 10
Complimentary Parallels Access (a $19.99/year value) New customers signing up for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac receive 3 free months to Parallels Access
Seamless Integration
Parallels Desktop

VMware Fusion
Full Microsoft Cortana Integration, your intelligent, digital assistant made available on Mac
Disk savings for iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive
Windows applications automatically added to Launchpad
Mac native "Share" and "Save to" in Windows
Call with iPhone in IE
"Open in IE" button in Safari
Incremental backup of VMs with Acronis
Performance
Parallels Desktop

VMware Fusion
DirectX 10.1 Support
Breeze through graphic and resource intensive apps like AutoCAD with lightning speed Up to 2GB Up to 2GB
Real-time virtual disk optimization
Pause Virtual Machine when no apps are running
Ideal for Developers, Testers, and other Power Users
Parallels Desktop

VMware Fusion
Microsoft Visual Studio Plug-in (Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Support for popular development, design and test tools including Docker, Jenkins and Chef (Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Vagrant Provider support
Free

Extra Fee
Advanced networking tools
Available in Parallels Desktop
for Business & Pro Editions
Rollback Mode
Available in Parallels Desktop
for Business & Pro Editions
Subscription ensures you have the latest software
Available in Parallels Desktop
for Business & Pro Editions

Loved By Over 5 Million People & Praised By Experts

With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you will join

5+ million users

who have chosen the easiest and most powerful
way to run Windows on their Mac.

At Parallels, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for price. Over the last ten years, we have worked hard to improve our award- winning product and invite you to experience what sets us apart from our competitors.

Ready to give
Parallels Desktop a try?

Click here to download
a full-featured, free trial today.

From seamless folder sharing between OS X and Windows to integrations with popular productivity tools such as Jenkins and Chef, Parallels has you covered.

It doesn’t stop there: Parallels Desktop for Mac now comes with Parallels Toolbox, enabling you to take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook, easily record a screencast or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

“I have used VMWare Fusion and Parallels side-by-side for over 2 years now. Nothing can beat the Parallels level of integration for Windows / RHEL / Ubuntu. Fusion lacks the seamless level of integration for copy/paste and pass-over that Parallels provides. If you are serious about having a seamless desktop experience - go with Parallels”


– Rick L

One-touch Tools

Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks.

Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

Now, with Parallels Desktop 12 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!

Innovation

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is fully optimized for macOS Sierra—as a host or guest OS. With new retina display support, enjoy smart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.

Seamless Office 365 Integration now allows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.

Distraction free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows, including Keep Mac Awake, Hide Desktop Files, Do Not Disturb, and Start in Full Screen quick modes.

Now with 500 GB of free online storage for one year, powered by Acronis.

Buy Parallels Desktop Now

Home Edition

For Home & Student Use

Full License

  • Current version only
  • Not eligible for free upgrades

Pro Edition

For Developers, Testers, & Power Users

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Remote access to your Mac from any iOS/Android device or a browser
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime
     
     

Business Edition

For Use in Business Environments

Yearly Subscription

  • FREE upgrades to newer versions
  • Centralized administration and management
  • Single Key across all installations
  • Cancel your subscription at anytime

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123891.
  2. To install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac visit KB4729.
  3. To upgrade Parallels Desktop to Pro Edition see KB123159.
  4. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123867.
  5. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac see KB123864 .
  6. To activate your Parallels Desktop 12 copy with an upgrade license see KB123866.
  1. How do I install Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    The instructions can be found at KB4729.
  2. How do I launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac?
    See KB115170.
  3. Can I migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine? 
  4. 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. What are the Parallels Desktop sharing tools?
    See KB122567.
  7. What is Coherence Mode?
    See KB4670.
  1. The previous version product key is not accepted.
    See KB123361.
  2. I lost my Parallels Desktop for Mac key. How do I retrieve it?
    See KB115424.
  3. How can I improve virtual machine performance on my Mac?
    See KB112091 .
  4. A program for Windows does not work: troubleshooting third-party software issues.
    See KB112983.
  5. I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues.
    See KB113964.
  6. Network problems in the virtual machine.
    See KB8978.
  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or retail stores. 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 one Mac per license. For more information, please reference http://www.parallels.com/about/eula/.
  4. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses? Yes. For more information on Education licenses, please visit KB113630.
  5. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing? Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial at http://trial.parallels.com/
  6. What bonus software comes with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Visit KB123869
  1. Learn more about benefits of Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition in KB123296.
  2. If you would like to upgrade your current Parallels Desktop copy to Pro Edition, visit KB123159 for more information.
  3. To register Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123867.
  4. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition see KB123864.
  5. For instructions on upgrade to Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Pro Edition from previous versions see KB123866.
  1. What is Parallels Toolbox?
  2. Visit KB123903 to learn about the product.
  3. How can I get Parallels Toolbox?
    See KB123902.
  4. How do I install Parallels Toolbox?
    Visit KB123904.
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