Learn About Parallels Desktop 13

Are you curious regarding what’s new in  our latest version of Parallels Desktop 13? Parallels Desktop® for Mac enables users to run Windows, Linux, and other popular OSes without rebooting your Mac®. Parallels stands tall as the #1 solution for desktop virtualization for millions of users—for over 11 years.

Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac has arrived and is power-packed with improved stability, compatibility, and performance! We’re very proud of our engineering team for achieving this incredible milestone, and we are excited to finally share it with all of you. We have a lot to fill you in on—so let’s dive in!

Want to try it out for yourself? Try 14 days of Parallels Desktop for Mac for free.

All editions of Parallels Desktop 13 will be ready for the macOS® High Sierra release as well as the Microsoft Windows Fall Creators Update.

Parallels Desktop 13 will additionally include support for the latest Apple® hardware innovations to be utilized by Microsoft programs with Apple Touch Bar support for Windows applications! With the Touch Bar Wizard, users will be able to customize the Apple Touch Bar with Windows applications according to their needs. Staying up to date with the latest Apple technology is important for all of our existing and new users, so we’ve prioritized that in this latest version of Parallels Desktop.

General Enhancements

– The virtual machine is displayed in a small window that becomes transparent when you switch to another window.

– You can choose to show the virtual machine window on all Spaces and on top of other windows.

– The Close button switches the virtual machine back to the Window view mode, rather than shutting down the virtual machine. This can help avoid an unintended shutdown.

Integration with Mac


Support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

– Communicate with people from the macOS Dock, Finder®, and Spotlight®.

– Pin as many people to the macOS Dock as you wish.

– When Windows is running in Coherence mode, you can manage the People Bar from the macOS menu bar.




– Parallels Tools can be installed.

– These systems are automatically detected during the installation.

– Proper icons for these OSes are used in the Parallels Desktop interface so that users can distinguish them from other Linux virtual machines.


New Design


Special Gift for Parallels Desktop Users


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System Requirements (You can read a deeper dive into Parallels Desktop 13 System Requirements here!)

*Note: Once macOS 10.13 High Sierra is officially released, you may need to update Parallels Desktop to ensure full feature compatibility.

Don’t worry—our engineers haven’t stopped there! Not only did Parallels Desktop 13 get all the above features, but we’ve also released updates to our other products such as Parallels Toolbox. Feel free to visit the link to see a full list of the tools available in Parallels Toolbox!

(Psst…Parallels Toolbox is now available for both Mac and Windows users!)

Continued relentless innovation is the secret behind Parallels Desktop. For over 11 years, our development teams have solved everyday user challenges, empowered developers, and improved management and security for IT professionals.


Interested in saving money, time, and boosting your productivity with virtual machines? Try 14 days of Parallels Desktop for Mac for free.



Q: I’m sold! I want to run Windows, Linux or other popular OSes on my Mac without restarting. How do I buy?

A: Feel free to buy Parallels Desktop 13 today!

Q: I recently purchased Parallels Desktop 12—do I qualify for the tech guarantee?

A: You can read full details regarding qualifications for tech guarantee located here in our knowledgebase.

Q: How do I activate a new license of Parallels Desktop 13?

A: Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac can be activated in a few different ways. Read more.

Q: How do I activate an upgrade license of Parallels Desktop 13?

A: If you have a subscription for Parallels Desktop for Mac or Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, you can upgrade Parallels Desktop to the latest version with the license you own. Learn how to in our knowledgebase article!

Q: How do I get Windows 10?

A: Buy directly from Microsoft below:

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Pro

Running Windows on Mac has never been easier with the latest release of Parallels Desktop 13, and we’re over-the-moon to hear what you think. Feel free to reach out to us, or tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your thoughts. Try 14 days of Parallels Desktop for Mac for free.

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