updated 08:22 am EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Virtualization solution uses less RAM, speeds application launch
Parallels today launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, its virtualization solution for Windows applications on Macs. New built-in intelligence and support for Apple's latest operating systems, including OS X Yosemite, is said by the company to improve ease-of-use for both business users and consumers. It also brings many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.
The new revision supports OS X 10.7 and up, and virtualization solutions include Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, Android and a number of Linux operating systems. Notably absent for this revision is support for Windows XP.
Key features of the new revision, besides Yosemite support, include the opening of Windows documents up to 48 percent faster, an extension of battery life for users of the software by up to 30 percent, up to 10 percent less RAM usage, Microsoft Office 2013 application launch up to 50 percent faster, and better optimization storage for the virtual machine. The new core of Parallels supports 16 virtual CPUs, and up to 64GB of RAM per virtual machine.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available now, as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers starting August 26. One source from Parallels told us over Twitter that there are no plans on upgrading version 9 to support Yosemite. Another source, also inside the company, contradicts the claim, saying that "Parallels Desktop 9 will have support for Yosemite when it is publicly available, but any older versions will not."
The program costs $80, with the Student Edition is available for $40. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 for Mac customers are $50. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac customers receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the Parallels Access app for up to five Macs and PCs, and an unlimited number of iOS and Android mobile devices.