Everything You Need to Know About Parallels Desktop 11


By now, you’ve probably digested the news that Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (including the Business Edition and the all-new Pro Edition) has arrived. Now, it’s time to get down to brass tacks—here’s everything you need to know about Parallels Desktop 11, including why you should upgrade from a previous version.

What is Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac?

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is the latest (and greatest) version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the #1 choice of customers worldwide for running Windows applications on Mac. To date, over 5 million users trust Parallels Desktop to run Windows apps on their Mac.

In Parallels Desktop 11, we’re releasing a bevy of awesome new features—just check out the full list:

Improved performance and optimization:

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Performance

Features that deliver the best user experience:

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Features

What is Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition?

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition is an all-new, subscription-based version of Parallels Desktop created specifically by our developers for developers, testers, and power users. The Pro Edition includes all of the features of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, as well as all of the following:

Designed by developers, for developers:

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition

What is Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition?

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition is the simplest, easiest way to bring Windows applications to employees with Macs—the Business Edition builds upon Parallels Desktop’s award-winning solution by adding centralized administration and management capabilities to keep IT in control of virtual machines. This release includes all of the features of Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, plus the following features:

The easiest way to merge Mac and Windows at the office:

Which version of Parallels Desktop 11 should I buy?

It depends on your needs. Are you new to Mac and just looking for a way to run your favorite Windows programs? Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is probably a good fit. Interested in something with more power for development purposes? Pick the Pro Edition.

Here’s another quick snapshot of what you get in each version to help you decide which one is perfect for you:

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Compare Versions

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Compare Versions

Why should I upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11?

Upgrade isn’t required, but if you’re a current Parallels Desktop customer, the answer to this is easy—so that you can get the most out of your copy of Parallels Desktop. Parallels Desktop 9 and 10 users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for $49.99 here.

In addition, we also have a one-time opportunity for Parallels Desktop 9 and 10 customers to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition for $49.99 per year for as long as they continue to renew their subscription. Same price, more features, and the security of a subscription makes this one of our best offers yet—and you can get it right now, here.

Will Parallels Desktop 11 support OS X El Capitan? What about Windows 10?

All versions of Parallels Desktop 11 have experimental support for the OS X El Capitan Developer Preview and El Capitan Public Beta. However, we do not provide technical support for it at this time.

When OS X El Capitan is commercially available, it will be fully supported in Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (in Full Screen and Window mode, but not in Coherence or with Windows-integration), and with Windows integration in Full Screen, Window, and Coherence modes in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop Business Edition.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Supports Windows 10 and is Ready for OS X El Capitan

Windows 10 is fully supported in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. In fact, one of the coolest features of Parallels Desktop 11 is Always on Cortana (detailed in the list of features above).

I just bought Parallels Desktop 10—do I really have to upgrade already?

Upgrade isn’t required, but if you recently purchased or upgraded to Parallels Desktop 10, you may be eligible for our 2015 Tech Guarantee:

Customers who purchased and activated a copy of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac from the Parallels Online Store or an authorized reseller on or after July 29, 2015 through October 15, 2015, are eligible for an upgrade to the next version of Parallels Desktop for Mac at no charge, subject to certain conditions. Upgrade keys will automatically be sent to the email address used when registering Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac. Complete details on the 2015 Tech Guarantee are here.

What if I’m a student? Is there any student pricing for Parallels Desktop 11?

We do offer student pricing for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. In fact, our partner On the Hub is currently bundling Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Access and Windows 10 in an awesome deal—get it here.

What are the system requirements for Parallels Desktop 11?

You can get the full list of system requirements here.

When can I get my version of Parallels Desktop 11? Where can I get it?

Perhaps best of all…you can get your version right here, right now.

Bonus: you can even try Parallels Desktop 11 before you buy in our 14-day free trial:

 

Parallels Desktop for Mac Free Trial

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