Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac
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
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox
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 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

The Beauty of Mac and Windows—Unleashed

Touch Bar

Includes support for Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as additional integration for the Windows Start Menu and Desktop, including Cortana, Task View, and Taskbar pinned elements.

Touch Bar Wizard

Touch Bar Wizard

Add your favorite Windows applications to the Touch Bar of your MacBook Pro®.

Dynamic Resolution

Dynamic Resolution

Changing window size, booting, and rebooting Windows is smoother than ever.

Enhanced Retina Support

Enhanced Retina Support

Display support for your Windows applications in scaled mode.

People Bar

People Bar

Bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to Mac. View recent contacts in the Windows Taskbar or Mac Dock.

Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture

Monitor your virtual machine with ease using this new view mode.

One-touch Tools for Mac

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


  • Always available in your Windows task bar
  • Access with one click
  • Easy to use, no hassle, and no complex keyboard shortc
  • Pin a tool to the task bar for even easier access
  • Frequently updated with new tools (subscription only)

One-touch Tools for Windows

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 Windows from sleeping with the push of a button. Now, with Parallels Desktop 13 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!


  • Always available in your Windows task bar
  • Access with one click
  • Easy to use, no hassle, and no complex keyboard shortc
  • Pin a tool to the task bar for even easier access
  • Frequently updated with new tools (subscription only)

Your Windows on Mac Experience Gets Better

  • Parallels Desktop 13 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.

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For Professionals, Developers, and Small Teams
Business Edition
For Business and IT

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Ready for macOS High Sierra
Download and install Windows 10 in one click
Retina support for Windows applications
Includes over 30 one-touch tools, including top-rated Presentation Mode and Download Video
Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications
Microsoft Visual Studio Plug-in
Additional features for software developers, web developers, and testers
Advanced networking tools
Support for business cloud services
Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment
Advanced Security features for IT
Virtual RAM/Virtual CPUs for each VM 8 GB vRAM
4 vCPUs for each VM
128 GB vRAM
32 vCPUs for each VM
128 GB vRAM
32 vCPUs for each VM
Premium 24/7 phone and email support For up to 30 days after
activation

Frequently Asked Questions

To add Windows or another operating system to your Mac, Parallels Desktop creates a “virtual machine,” or a virtual copy of a computer, inside you Mac. You can then install Windows in the virtual machine, just as you would install any operating system on a regular computer.

A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here »

If you have already installed Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp, you can easily set Parallels Desktop to work with Boot Camp using either of these two options:

1. Set Parallels Desktop to run Windows from the Boot Camp Partition
2. Import Windows and your data from Boot Camp into Parallels Desktop

Parallels supports a wide array of operating systems, including: macOS, OS X, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, and Google Chrome. You can run just about anything on your Mac!

Migrate your existing Windows OS from a PC, download a trial, or purchase a new license during your installation of Parallels Desktop.

Parallels offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all purchases made on parallels.com. If you purchased this from another retailer, please check their return policy.



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