What’s in Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1?


What’s in Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1?

Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1 was released on 11 November 2016 and Update 1 Hotfix 1 was released on 17 November.  Taken together, these releases include the following:

Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1

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The new Storage features in Sierra give users several tools to manage their disk space. In the era of multi-terabyte disks, this has been a significant need for many users.

By providing a plug-in for the Optimized Storage feature in Parallels Desktop 12 Update 1, users have a way to easily determine how much space on their disk is consumed by VMs.  In the Pro Edition, they can choose to Archive a rarely used VM. In addition, users can optimize disk space taken by virtual machines with a few clicks using the Free Up Disk Space wizard in macOS Sierra.

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Here is a short GIF showing this feature in action:

Parallels Desktop 12 Update I

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Update 1 and Update 1 Hotfix 1 are both free updates to Parallels Desktop 12, and are recommended for all users.

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