Windows and Mac side-by-side with Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
You just switched to a Mac, so why would you want to go back to Windows? Here is a list of several common scenarios when you need to run Windows on your Mac:
Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is the virtualization solution that is the most powerful and flexible for users who need regular access to many apps on both Windows and Mac platforms from a single machine without rebooting. Run Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Access, OneNote or other applications not available on the Mac.
Enjoy the latest Mountain Lion and Lion features in Windows apps. Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac delivers an even more immersive environment for gaming, music, movies, with support for Retina display, Surround Sound 7.1 and superior 3D graphics rendering speeds.
In addition to Windows 8, other OSes can also be run in Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Linux, and Google Chrome OS.
With full support of Windows 7 with its AERO graphics, Windows 8 as well as older versions of Windows, Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is optimized for Mac OS X Mountain Lion and will be optimized for Mac OS X Mavericks. Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Lion features like Launchpad, Mission Control and gestures work in Windows applications, making them feel like they were made for Mac.
Parallels Desktop includes a feature called Coherence Mode, which hides the Windows desktop while displaying Windows applications. Windows still runs in the background, but is hidden from view. Windows applications appear in the Mac Dock, letting you switch between them without using the Windows interface. Isn’t that cool?
Parallels Desktop works flawlessly inside Mountain Lion. My Windows 7 Ultimate VM in full screen mode in its own mission control desktop just works and that's exactly what I need it to do. No hassles, no fuss...just works.
— Keith W., Powell, OH
I have been using Parallels for a while now and the most important thing I can say is that it hasn't missed a beat. All of the features that caused me to switch from the "other" product are still there and there are some new things that I really like
— Rick H.
New! SkyDrive, iCloud, Photo Stream, Dropbox, Google Drive optimizations make sure you don’t inadvertently duplicate files locals, so you get the most of our storage space
New! Get stuff done in Windows at with a “real” Start menu and the ability to run Modern (Metro) apps in a separate window rather than in full screen
New! The new Security Center makes is a breeze to make sure that all of your stuff, both on your Mac and in your Windows virtual machine, is protected
New! Integration between Mac and Windows deepens, and now you can use the Mac Dictionary gesture to access the dictionary in Windows
New! Power Nap on a Retina™ Display Mac or MacBook Air now also updates Windows and your Windows applications so that you’re always up to date
Enhanced! Virtual Machine wizard makes it even easier to create new virtual machines, especially if your Mac doesn’t have an optical drive.
Enhanced! If you use Windows in Full Screen mode and want to connect to an external monitor, Parallels Desktop will remember your settings and put your Windows VM back into full screen mode on your remote monitor
Enhanced! Linux Guest integration gets better with shared applications, shared profiles, and automatic Parallels Tools updates
Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations
Security Center makes it easy for you to be sure all your stuff is secure, both on your Mac and in your Windows virtual machine
Integration between Mac and Windows deepens, and now you can use the Mac Dictionary gesture to access the dictionary in Windows
Thunderbolt and Firewire drives connect just like USB devices
The Full screen on demand feature makes presentations interruption-free by disabling screen savers on Mac and Windows, optimizing the full screen display and automatically adjusting resolution
Easily monitor your Mac’s resources with the new graphical view of how much of your Mac’s processor and memory is being used by your virtual machine.
Parallels Desktop 9 gives your Mac a more enhanced Windows 3D graphics experience and offers up the fastest way to run the most graphical intensive Windows programs and cross-platform Windows development tools. And you can use a wide-variety of design programs and games with DirectX 9.0c/9Ex and Shader Model 3 support.
Linux Guest integration gets better with shared applications, shared profiles, and automatic Parallels Tools updates
Immerse yourself in games, movies, and music with Surround Sound 7.1 support for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista: use any external Surround Sound 7.1 USB or FireWire device simultaneously in your Mac and the virtual machine.
Get improved data security through fast virtual machine encryption with Intel AES-NI. All your Windows programs are securely encrypted.
It's easy to see how much hard drive space your virtual machine is using with a visual indicator and improved Snapshots.
With improved battery life, up to 1GB of video memory, enhanced security, and more Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac features the best overall performance and stability in the market.
Parallels Desktop for Mac — WOW!
What others are saying:
We think Parallels Desktop 9 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.
“I like how Parallels makes it seem like I'm not even using Windows now, it's even more like it's part of my Mac.”
“A must software for a Mac beginner! Thanks!!!”
“It really works fast and supports many operating systems, which is important for me as a cross-platform developer.”
“I think this product is brilliant! One of the best Mac apps ever ~ Now I can use Windows in Mac like a charm.”
“My virtual machines are fast and have the power to do all my tasks without bogging down or impacting my Mac's performance. I Recommend.”
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 9: performance improvements, enhanced Windows support, more
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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available from Microsoft. This will leave your XP VM unprotected from viruses and malware when it is connected to the internet. Upgrade options are available from Microsoft here.
Information on how to upgrade your VM once you have a new Windows license can be found at KB120737.
Parallels Desktop will continue to work with Windows XP but it is highly recommended that you upgrade your Windows OS system prior to April 8, 2014.
Parallels Customer Support will not be able to assist with XP security issues or vulnerabilities.
Please visit/contact Microsoft Support with any questions.
Check solutions to the most frequent Virtual Machine installation issues at KB112940
I am receiving an error message in my Windows VM that says I am not connected to the Internet. For troubleshooting steps, see KB8978
To learn about migrating your Virtual Machines from one Mac to another please refer to KB114118
To learn about how to migrate your existing Windows 8 install to a VM please visit KB115007
With millions of users worldwide, Parallels Desktop for Mac is the #1 choice of Mac customers. Get the latest and the greatest to make your Windows, Linux or any other OS truly at home on your Mac.
“Parallels Desktop brings OS X and Windows even closer together than before, and it adds several features that have become necessities in the virtualization world.„
The award-winning Parallels Desktop is the most tested, trusted and talked about way to run Windows on the Mac with more than a dozen awards for its excellence.
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* Reviews and awards cited may be for previous versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac.