Parallels Desktop
Parallels Desktop
15.1.2

3.7

Parallels Desktop free download for Mac

Parallels Desktop

15.1.2
30 November 2019

Run Windows apps without rebooting.

Overview

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and ready for El Capitan
  • Run Windows 10 and OS X® El Capitan with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on your Mac. Switch from your PC to your Mac
  • We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.
Works with Boot Camp®
  • Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is now much easier and more intuitive than ever.
Not just for Windows
  • Run a wide array of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux, and Google ChromeTM. You can run just about anything on your Mac!
One-click tuning
  • Select productivity, games, design, or development, and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac will optimize your virtual machine settings and performance for you.
Robust Performance
  • Parallels Desktop Pro Edition gives your virtual machines more processing power. Up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine lets you run even the most demanding applications with ease.
Business Class Software
  • Keep IT in control of end user licenses and Windows virtual machines with a Unified Volume License Key, centralized license management, and advanced security features available in Parallels Desktop Business Edition.

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What's new in Parallels Desktop

Version 15.1.2:

Note: Currently available for $63.99

  • This update addresses overall stability and security issues, and resolves an issue with the installation of Windows 10 November 2019 update (1909).

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ocean442
06 November 2019

Most helpful

An indispensible app to everyone who needs to run several operating system!
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Version 14.1.3
Derekcurrie
21 February 2020
--> ON SALE AS PREMIUM MAC APP BUNDLE through February 29th --> (Follow the link below for details). Parallels Desktop 15. New customer: $79.99. Upgrade: $49.99 - - PLUS you get $1025 worth of additional software. [1] MindManager 12 ($200) [2] Twist (1 yr, $300) [3] 1Password Families ($60) [4] Parallels Access ($20) [5] Datal Rescue 5 ($100) [6] Hype 4 Professional ($100) [7] Intego Mac Internet Security X9 ($50, I recommend!) [8] Roxio Toast 18 Titanium ($100) [9] Parallels Toolbox (Mac & Windows, $20) [10] PDFpen 11 ($75) - - I'm posting this because most bundles these days suck. This one is instead EXCELLENT! (I'm not affiliated with any of these companies, BTW. I just like this bundle and own it). - - > https://www.parallels.com/promo-mac-app-bundle/
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Version 15.1.2
Derekcurrie
21 February 2020
v15 at last supports DirectX 11. That means it supports nearly all 3D games and more on Windows. *Hurrah* [Took long enough!] Part of the problem was waiting for Apple Metal API support. - - Q: Do Virtual Box or VMWare support DirectX 11 yet? A: NO! But seeing as Parallels has figured it out, I suspect they'll catch up soon. We've been waiting for this for many, many years.
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Version 15.1.2
trickyboy
01 December 2019
Really useful and powerful app. I just bought the upgrade license with the blackfriday discount. I tested ( once again ) VMware Fusion and parallels: For me, parallels is really better. More customization options of sharing between OS'es, and it performs better. Although, it's quite expensive for a home usage. I try to upgrade only every 2-3y when it's possible.
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Version 15.1.2
ocean442
06 November 2019
An indispensible app to everyone who needs to run several operating system!
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Version 14.1.3
MarcoCarugati7711
17 July 2019
bought when the version 8 was released and now i can't use the code to activate the sw.
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Version 14.1.3
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
21 February 2020
? Are you trying to activate version 8? The problem may well be due to what updated version of macOS you're running being incompatible with an old version of Parallels. If not, definitely contact Parallels tech support!
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Version 15.1.2
Naoh
21 March 2019
Parallels 14.1.3 is available.
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Version 14.1.2
Derekcurrie
07 February 2019
A comment of annoyance: If you check out the release notes for WINE v4.0 you'll find:
"What's new in Wine 4.0. . . . Initial support for Direct3D 12 is implemented. Direct3D 12 support requires the vkd3d library, and a Vulkan-capable graphics card."

Meanwhile, we've been making requests to Parallels, VMWare and Oracle for YEARS to implement DirectX 11 and 12 capability, with no likelihood of it ever happening. And yet, the WINE project figured out how to do it. Explain that to me. ?
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Version 14.1.1
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
24 January 2020
As of Parallels Desktop 15, DirectX 11 is now supported. Hurrah. So far, neither VMWare 11.5 nor VirtualBox 6 have caught up.
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Version 15.1.2
stevend
04 January 2019
Strange to list 14.1.0 as a new update, because it is an update from months ago!
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Version 14.1.0
Mcr
20 December 2018
Guys, The following article sheds light on why Virtualization systems have not been able to solve the Direct X 11 and higher problem. https://www.parallels.com/blogs/directx-and-parallels-desktop-13/ Now Apple has made no secret that it is deprecating support for OpenGL, that Metal is the future. But Metal would seem NOT to have the necessary APIs or mapping to solve the problem either, as Metal 1.0 has been around since 2014 and Metal 2.0 since mid-2017, plenty of time for Fusion, Parallels, etc, to figure out Direct X 11+ support, ASSUMING Metal 2.0 was capable of solving the issues. So, it would seem Metal 2.0 is still lacking something. I'm not a graphics expert, but my understanding is that Vulkan is possibly the answer to a lot of these cross platform graphics support issues. Metal and DX sitting on top of Vulkan would provide a bridge, across multiple OS platforms; the graphics version of the 'write once, run anywhere' idea.
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Version 14.0.1
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
21 February 2020
√ This was solved with Parallels v15
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Version 15.1.2
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
15 October 2018
If you're wondering, Parallels Desktop 13.3.2 works fine in Mojave. You don't need to pay for an upgrade at this time if you don't want to. Both Parallels and VMWare Fusion are constantly bugging us for an upgrade even when the current version works OK.
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Version 14.0.1
11 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
17 October 2018
I can't speak for Parallels Desktop, but, depending on the version of Fusion, and the new release of macOS / OS X, there were compatibility issues. The other thing to consider is, have you tried installing Mojave as a guest in both previous versions of the software (PD , Fusion?), that's usually where the new version makes a difference. Official support for the latest version of macOS.. I know people have been able to continue using the previous version in such cases, but it's not true for everyone.. With that said, I've upgraded to Fusion 11, mainly for the latest features, but more importantly bug fixes and security patches.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
17 October 2018
You're probably right. I haven't tried installing Mojave as a guest OS in Parallels—or Fusion, which I've also used from time to time. I'm running Mojave on an external drive as a test platform. One complication I can think of is that the Mojave installer reformats a hard drive or SSD in APSF format, without asking permission first. Inside Parallels or Fusion you would have fewer options to revert to HFS+. APSF doesn't work well on an HDD. So, for testing purposes, I cloned it to another partition in HFS+ format on an external drive. I'm not sure how you would manage that in a VM.
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Macinman
Macinman
17 October 2018
I haven't had any issues with my Fusion Drive being converted to APFS as of Mojave upgrade.. High Sierra also formats a VM's drive to APFS. There again, haven't noticed any issues. FYI, my Plex Media is on an external 6TB drive connected by USB 3, and Have been running it as APFS since High Sierra, no problems at all. Granted, it's not running an operating system from that drive, but still adding media and playing back media has been flawless, and the drive is still in good standing without any filesystem corruption.

Just some thoughts.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
18 October 2018
Professional testing shows that APFS degrades performance on mechanical hard drives and SSDs: https://www.macobserver.com/analysis/apfs-performance-lags-hfs/. That doesn't mean it won't work, but that it doesn't work as well. As this article demonstrates, APFS is slower on an SSD than on an SSD formatted as HFS+. That said, APSF offers many improvements over HFS+ and is clearly the future for Apple. Security is one of those improvements, but performance is not. And APFS is not yet compatible with Fusion Drives, like those on many new iMacs, not to mention my late 2013 iMac. If you spend the extra money for an iMac with an SSD, you're golden—in more ways then one. ;-)
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Macinman
Macinman
18 October 2018
The Fusion drive incompatibility was only applicable for High Sierra. Mojave has changed that. My Fusion in my late 2015 iMac was HFS+ until I upgraded to Mojave. Mojave converted it to APFS upon install. Has been working since release day of Mojave without issues.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
18 October 2018
I called Apple tech support on this one. I was told that APSF was not compatible with Fusion Drives. During the beta program a Fusion Drive could support APFS, but the release version has removed that capability. In my reading on the subject I found that some people could get it to work on a FD, but most had nothing but trouble.
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Macinman
Macinman
18 October 2018
Did apple support reference Mojave? This was the case for High Sierra. Craig, even confirmed at WWDC that APFS was working on Fusion drives in Mojave. It is possible The support documentation being referenced was still from High Sierra, and not updated yet. Apple is a large company.

You are correct about the beta and it being removed on the final release, but that was High Sierra. I have talked to people who keep up with Apple and the person said that Mojave requires that it's install be on APFS to work at all. I will double checking the information provided, but I think you are going by outdated information here.
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Macinman
Macinman
18 October 2018
Here are some articles regarding Mojave, and Fusion drives, and APFS:
https://eclecticlight.co/2018/06/04/apfs-will-finally-be-supported-on-fusion-drives-in-macos-10-14-mojave/
https://www.imore.com/macos-mojave-faq
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
18 October 2018
That leaves me wondering whose information is out-of-date. Because I cloned the APSF install of Mojave to an HFS+ partition and it works just fine. Nor can all the reports of APSF not working on Fusion drives be wrong. I grant I may have confused the status of APSF on High Sierra and Mojave, but Apple has done nothing to clarify the situation. The tech support person I talked with this morning took some time to research the issue so he wasn't just talking off the top of his head. Though he said he hadn't heard the question before, if that adds any clarity.

As for those articles about Mojave, they say that APFS will be supported on Fusion Drives, not that it is. Apple is well known for changing their mind at the last minute. I could find nothing current on the question on the web, or on Apple's web site, which is why I called tech support. So out-of-date information may be all there is. Few of us know any Apple insiders to consult, by the way. No disrespect intended, but secondhand information isn't much to go on. So, caveat emptor. If it works for you, then great. I'm not willing to go there yet.

As for installing Mojave in Parallels (of Fusion), a clean install wouldn't tell me much. My test platform uses a clone of my main system and my internal drive doesn't have room for a VM that large—which is why I use an external drive for testing purposes.
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Macinman
Macinman
18 October 2018
I agree with what you are saying, and as far as PD and Fusion, that's a different issue. I just wanted to close this conversation in saying, that according to Google search, there was no direct information to be found on the subject, that's what I was going for. As far as the iMoore article, there are people who work there, who also do MacBreaWeekly which is a TwitTV show which is a reputable source, so that was the best source I was able to find in the circumstances. As far as Apple insiders, I'm not a paying developer, but I did do the public beta program for Mojave. Anyway, for now what I offered the best I could to help. Hopefully official documentation will show up soon, just for clarification. Have a great day / evening!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
19 October 2018
@ Macinman: in a roundabout way, then, we arrived at more or less the same place. Since it works on your Fusion Drive, Mojave may be compatible; however, Apple has had nothing definitive to say on the subject. I also searched for an answer and came up with nothing current. Which leads me to suspect your successful install of Mojave was fortuitous rather than indicative. I also tested the Mojave beta with dubious results. The APSF version was a slug on my HDD partition. On an HFS+ partition it worked somewhat better. The release version is better still but there are certain software incompatibilities holding me back. Frankly I've been cautious about macOS upgrades since OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It was a mess and I never did get it to work on my iMac. I had to go directly from Mavericks to El Capitan, which was fine. Sierra works OK too. But I have software issues with High Sierra as well, so I'm sticking with 10.12.6 for the time being.
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Derekcurrie
15 October 2018
Parallels Desktop v14.0.1 is now available. It is compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave and adds several new features.
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Version 13.3.2
mzbe
26 August 2018
[this review is for version 14]: switching back to Parallels 14 after moving to Fusion 8, 10 post Parallels 12.
This version is a big winner (vs. Fusion, including the current 2018 Tech preview). Coherence integration is so much superior to the shaky Fusion Unity view, it's not even funny. The entire experience is a lot smoother (on 2018 i9 MBP with 32GB RAM), more responsive, and has more integration options.
Network performance to local/Mac host folders is 100x faster, no delays (unlike Fusion).
Massive thumbs up for Parallels.
Only downside: More expensive for the Pro version on the annual subscription, and doesn't cover two machines like Fusion (but worth it).
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Version 13.3.2
Radus
25 June 2018
13.3.2 is a rather important update. It implements 64bit parallels tools for OSX guest, improving the performance of osx guests.
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Version 13.3.2
Gmot R
05 January 2018
Nice upgrade. I’ve been using their stuff since Parallels Desktop for mac 6
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Version 13.2.0
mamunguia2011
04 January 2018
When I bought my iMac back at the end of 2015, I bought the Parallels version of it. It slowed down my computer to the degree that everything crashed despite adjusting settings to make it fast. I quit using Parallels and decided to use my mac functionality of Bootcamp. I wish also that I could get a refund for my money. I'm tired of believing companies that software sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.
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Version 13.2.0
orhon
29 November 2017
This is probably one of the easiest VM applications to use. Sadly, their pricing is absolutely terrible and greedy. If they don't take care of their pricing, they will probably lose in the long run. For now, I paid for this.
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Version 13.2.0
Jimw
26 October 2017
After a frustrating experience with VMWare after paying for and spending the best part of a weekend trying to get their their latest version upgrade installed on my MacPro Desktop, only to find out after installation it is incompatible with my processor, I emailed Parallels presages questions. That was 3 weeks ago and never got a reply. I switched from Parallels years ago due to poor support and customer service. Based on this experience that has not changed! So I will continue using Fusion until I get my new MacPro Desktop next year and then try Virtual Box. If I am not going to get decent support from either company, why should I pay for their software when open source is available?
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Version 13.1.1
Derekcurrie
26 October 2017
MU has a wrong, DEAD link for downloading Parallels 13.1.1:
http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-[blahblahblah]

Use this real instead:
https://download.parallels.com/desktop/v13/13.1.1-43120/ParallelsDesktop-13.1.1-43120.dmg

NOTES: I did research on the now DEAD http://www.jdoqocy.com website and discovered that it was a nuisance marketing website that forwarded victims to another nuisance marketing site formerly called Commission Junction (Junk-tion IMHO) now called Conversant. RipoffReport.com users have repeatedly reported this company as "an elaborate scam ripoff con!" Why MU has a link to them, I cannot imagine.

IOW: FIX THIS PLEASE MU!
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Version 13.1.1
Aw21
10 October 2017
With the 13.1 update all my Windows 10 VMs stall (hang) on boot and the Parallels application in the Application folder is invisible. Unusable. I had to revert to Parallels 13.0.1.
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Version 13.1.0
1 answer(s)
Aw21
Aw21
21 October 2017
Both problems have been fixed in Parallels 13.1.1 (43120).
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Agf-
10 October 2017
? no more mouse and keyboard input in Mac OS 10.8 VM after update to 13.1 Very funny, Parallels. That costs little, happy stars ;-)
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Version 13.1.0
Richard-Hallas
10 October 2017
An absolutely superb product on every level, with years of polish behind it. Best in class, and significantly better than its competitors in my experience.
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Version 13.1.0
mark-bischoff
06 October 2017
Parallels does no longer support Apple Bootcamp (since Parallels 13) sorry without that function this Software is nearly worthless to me!!!!
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Version 13.0.1
1 answer(s)
mark-bischoff
mark-bischoff
06 October 2017
on there Website they talk about supporting Bootcamp but in fact there is no option for bootcamp and this problem is well documented without any solution. Parallels Support ask users to disable Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) - sorry this is really dangerous to do!!! DONT DO IT!!!

https://forum.parallels.com/threads/bootcamp-in-parallels-13.341582/
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CruzinCooler
14 September 2017
Not a hugh fan. Very slow on a 2015 32 gb ram i7 iMac. Was expecting better performance.
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Version 13.0.1
cig0
01 September 2017
Parallels Desktop 13 Greedy Edition out! Go get your uss rammed!
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Version 13.0.0
Sylanel
24 August 2017
I have purchased Parallels Desktop 12.x on June 22, 2017. I contacted Parallels Customer support yesterday after having received an email announcing the availability of version 13. Since I had just purchased, I thought they would help me out to get version 13 with paying the full price again. I was WRONG to trust them. They said that only people who've purchased on August 1st and later will get upgraded free of charge. The rest of their customers must pay again no matter what. Word of advice, buy VMware. They have been there forever. Parallels are just a greedy bunch who don't care about loyal customers even if you've been purchasing their software since their early years. Once again, stay far from Parallels!
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Version 13.0.0
2 answer(s)
Richard-Hallas
Richard-Hallas
10 October 2017
Whilst I have complete sympathy with your position and don't condone such an inflexible approach to upgrades from Parallels, at the same time, just saying "buy VMware instead" isn't the right answer. VMware has *NOT* been there "forever". In fact, Parallels was the first on the Mac platform by several years, and it shows in the quality of the products. I've used both a lot, across their history, and VMware is consistently FAR BEHIND Parallels in terms of both features and performance. I know that not everyone agrees with this assessment, but in my own experience, comparing Parallels Desktop with VMware Fusion, Parallels has consistently been the best, time and time again. One might have certain minor quibbles with individual versions etc., but Parallels is quite simply by far the better product in my personal experience. Also, on the occasions when I've found a bug and needed tech support because of it, the Parallels people have always been really helpful (i.e. they've worked with me in detail to find the issue and have fixed the bug). So that's my experience, for what it's worth: unusually positive on all levels (enough for me to want to write this in response to your comment).
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Sir1963
Sir1963
26 October 2017
Since they changed the licensing model for Universities we have dropped Parallels and are now Using Microsoft Remote Desktop to access centralized services for Windows software and use Virtual box for Linux VMs. Last licence we bought was version 9 and I personally had bought every version from 1-10 but have found alternative software so I no longer need a VM. And with the shift to VMWares vdi we are getting huge performance gains and a lot of flexibility that are impossible with Parallels
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Derekcurrie
22 August 2017
Parallels 13 was released today. Information @ http://www.parallels.com/upgradepd13
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Version 12.2.1
dabcca
15 August 2017
Parallels V13 should be out any day soon.....
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Version 12.2.1
GorgeousGeorge
16 May 2017
Love Parallels a must for any Mac power user or professional who uses different apps in their day some of which are only available for Windows. Let's face it there are some apps on Windows with no Mac equivalent. Parallels let's me run those special Windows apps I need without having to go to another computer or reboot my Mac into Windows. It's so convenient and powerful and saves me a ton of time and allows me to use all the tools I need.
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Version 12.2.0
Derekcurrie
09 May 2017
FYI for version 11 users. Parallels just updated to v11.2.3. It is a compatibility fix for running the latest Windows 10 update on macOS 10.12.x.
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Version 12.2.0
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Alvin-H
Alvin-H
13 May 2017
@Derekcurrie:
thank you for information, i'm interested to your comment: paralles can installed in two macs, it's legal? because as long as know it's mac base license not user base.

http://kb.parallels.com/en/112971

they said:
In order to use Parallels Desktop for Mac on several Mac machines, you need to purchase the corresponding number of licenses. Just like paralles support told me.

if there any upgrade policy i would like to know, if i can use it on my 2 macs i think i will try paralles again.

Thank you
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ylluminate
18 April 2017
Breaks my heart, but 12.x is less problematic than VMware 8.5.x has been. Having said that, I've had to completely uninstall and reinstall Parallels after the 10.12.4 update for some reason due to an odd startup delay issue, but overall it has been a lot more functional overall with some of the bugs that seem to be creeping into VMware after the enormous layoff...
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Version 12.2.0
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Mcr
Mcr
19 July 2017
Ooopss, I meant 'Parallels at some point may pop up a warning', not VMware!
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Alvin-H
10 March 2017
If you feel enought paying 80$US every year to paralles (to 1 mac, i have 2 macs) you can try other option: cost looks like same 80$US but it's not yearly fee, and it's not per mac, you can use on multiple mac. Or can try free one virtualbox or Veertu desktop (free too) but no Mac OS guest yet
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Version 12.1.3
4 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
09 May 2017
The version upgrade fee is $50, not $80. Also, I run Parallels on two home Macs with one license. So huh?
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Alvin-H
Alvin-H
13 May 2017
@Derekcurrie:
yes, $50 for upgrade sorry for mistake, but are you sure it's legal to run paralles on two macs? because paralles support told me, i have to buy 2 license if i want to do that, it's mac base license not user base, if you use on two mac you
need to buy 2 license

http://kb.parallels.com/en/112971

Note: In order to use Parallels Desktop for Mac on several Mac machines, you need to purchase the corresponding number of licenses. If you would like to move Parallels Desktop from one computer to another, you do not need to buy a new key, simply uninstall the software from the Mac it is currently installed on before installing on a new one.
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Mcr
Mcr
19 July 2017
As a past user of Parallels, I can confirm that the EULA is one license per physical Mac. I say "confirmed" because I have had multiple IT depts at multiple clients confirm that, to ensure compliance. You may use the same key on multiple macs, but VMware at some point may (and has done so in the past) pop up a warning that the key has been used to activate on another machine.

Users are allowed to MOVE/TRANSFER the license to another machine, in which case user is asked to uninstall on current mac, install on new mac, and use the same key. I'm not the software police, do what your conscience tells you or as you please, just stating the policy for those readers who work in environments where licensing is taken very seriously, like corporate enterprise.

Vmware Fusion EULA allows THREE physical Macs per license....just say'in.

And this week in July, 30% off sale this week of July 17, 2017, on Fusion, Workstation Windows and Workstation Linux, regular and Pro, direct from Vmware. https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion.html https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation.html
No I"m not a shill, just a smart consumer, who is not tied to any brand. It's about value for your dollar. Technically, both products are excellent and pretty much on par for 90% of users for what they need, so yes, price does factor, especially when there is little to separate technicallly.
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Alvin-H
Alvin-H
29 July 2017
@Mcr:

thank you for confirmation, it's helpful, yes the price is biggest reason to choose VMware, i'm not tied to any developer, just feel parallels price is to high and many people think they can use in multiple mac, i'm affraid many people violate EULA without they knowing it.

as for VMware i thing not limited to 3 Macs:

VMware Fusion for personal use:
You may install and use VMware Fusion for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X ("Mac Computer") that you own or control.

VMware Fusion for commercial use:
If you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, you may install and use the Software on a number of Apple-branded products running Mac OS X ("Mac Computer") that you own or control equal to the number of licenses purchased. Installing and using the Software on multiple Mac Computers with a single license is prohibited even if the computers are not running the Software concurrently.

because i'm personal use only not for commercial .

Hope this will help
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Aw21
29 January 2017
Running the "Reclaim Disk Space" action on all my Windows VMs (Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP) corrupted their disks. When trying to launch the VMs some of them start with "Preparing Automatic Repair" and other just present a black screen. Trying to repair the disks was not successful. I had to restore the VMs from backups. Using the "Reclaim Disk Space" action on macOS or linux VMs seems to work fine. I'm using Parallels Desktop 12 Version for Mac Pro Edition (Version 12.1.2 (41525)) on a MacBook Pro (late 2016) running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 (16C67). This looks like a fatal bug to me as it results in data loss. I've posted this on the Parallels forum but got not response.
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Version 12.0.2
ylluminate
27 January 2017
12.1.3 (41532) is out: http://kb.parallels.com/en/123948 This update for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac 12.1.3 (41532) for Parallels Desktop Standard and Pro Edition addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements: • Resolves an issue with request to enter Mac administrator password on every Parallels Desktop start. • Resolves an issue with Problem ID 15380 on Parallels Desktop start. • Resolves and issue with mouse not working on external display after it has been reconnected • Resolves an issue with Parallels Desktop crashes when trying to print to PDF
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Version 12.0.2
ylluminate
28 December 2016
Any reason we're not seeing current updates here anymore?
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Version 12.0.2
Macpenguin
24 November 2016
!!!! PARALLELS USERS : CAUTION !!!! DO NOT UPGRADE TO VERSION 12.1 IF YOU HAVE A "NON RECURRING" VERSION (that is not Pro version and not Business Edition). IF YOU UPGRADE YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ASSIGN 8GB OF RAM TO YOUR VM's !!!! IF YOU UPGRADE YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ALLOCATE 4CORES TO YOUR VM !!!! This is simply the most outrageous update EVER ! They already showed their greed when MacOsX 10.11 came out, claiming that Parallels 10 would not be compatible... when it was perfectly. So they scared people urging them to upgrade when there was ABSOLUTELY no need to do so ! But this is simply going much to far... and this is a simple way to tell : "Give me 80€ each year". I will NOT do that... I would urge people to try the competitors... One is even FREE !
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Version 12.0.2
Macbookpro
13 November 2016
Version 12.1.0 is out... Info about it is here http://kb.parallels.com/en/123948
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Version 12.0.2
ErvinsStrauhmanis
15 September 2016
I have Parallels Desktop Pro 12, which was won in a prize draw. I thought that I'd be getting a standard non-Pro version, and I was disappointed that I got a professional version instead. Why would I be frustrated in getting a more advanced edition, you might ask, it is because the app will stop to function within a year, as I discovered when I registered serial number on Parallels website. I want to upgrade apps at a pace of my own choosing and as such, I will not even install the app, as to not to get locked out when the time is up. Technically it is a great peace of software, it's a pity that stance on customers blows it all away, for me at least.
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Version 12.0.0
pettifogger0712
26 August 2016
I've used Parallels since Version 6 and it has always worked pretty well for me BUT the yearly upgrade price of $49 is becoming pretty onerous. I now wait until it is bundled with a few other apps or offered as a special on MU before buying it. Not sure if I'll be upgrading to v12, however, as v11 in conjunction with Windows 10 is working well on my mid-2011 iMac :-)
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Version 12.0.0
OhEssex
26 August 2016
When I see Parallels appear in the daily MacUpdate listings it shows as 3.5 stars. When I click on it in the listings I go to the Parallels page, where it shows at the top as half a star. If I scroll down past the ads to where the comments/reviews start I now see that the overall rating is 4 stars. Can we have a little more consistency here. What do the 3 different star ratings mean? I went back through all the comments/reviews for about 4 years and even 3.5 stars looks very generous indeed. I know that for many years now Parallels have been hosing their customers and I think the reviews that imply a rating over lifetime need to culled down to something like maybe 3 years. Just because every man and his dog thought Parallels was awesome back when it first came out and there wasn't really anything like it at the time bears no reflection at all on what seasoned users think of it today (after how they've been treated by Parallels).
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Version 12.0.0
Derekcurrie
26 August 2016
No DirectX 10 support in sight. Same old 'wait and see' response from Parallels when asked about this now ancient holdup. Can't play modern 3D games. *Discontented* :-( :-P
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Version 12.0.0
MacSpanner
26 August 2016
Caution!!! I'm a long time user and tried going to 12 but had to quickly revert to 11. I'm sure it will get resolved in a while but at the moment v12 is unusably buggy in many ways. Go read the Parallels forums and you'll get an idea. Fiver starts when it's good but right now... not usable for V12
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Version 12.0.0
1 answer(s)
Parallels Support
Parallels Support
09 November 2016
Hello,
Parallels Support is available 24x7 and we'll be happy to help you with the upgrade process and make sure everything works perfectly. Please get in touch with us at http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/support/

Thanks,
Parallels Team
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niceexpatguy
30 July 2016
BUYER BEWARE. As at 7/30/16, there is a big problem with Windows 10 activation recognizing the Virtual Machine if you're switching from using BootCamp to Parallels, and Parallels 11 blows away your Windows license in both Parallels AND on BootCamp if you try to point Parallels at Win 10 on BootCamp. If you're running Win 8.1 on BootCamp, installing Parallels 11 will kill the Win 8.1 license in Parallels, but it leaves it OK on BootCamp, so if you're dead with Win 10 in Parallels you can downgrade back to 8.1 in BootCamp and your license will still be there. I've been told by Parallels support today that they're working on a workaround, but be sure they've fixed it before you kill your Win 10 license. They said "We apologize for the inconvenience, but this issue is caused by Windows 10 activation policies: the activation key is bounded to the hardware and as the virtual machine emulates hardware it differs from the real one reasonably enough. You're not the only one facing this issue and our Development team already works upon a workaround for this issue, but you should understand that it is a Windows licensing issue, not the Parallels one." Er, not really. It's a Parallels issue because they claim you can run Windows in their Virtual Machine, and now you can't! Personally, I'm leaving them completely after it took me 48 hours of support calls before they 'fessed up that that they knew they had a problem. I'll try something else.
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Version 11.2.0
Rikyman
12 July 2016
I was a parallels suporter, but the new licencing is no go, it's not an upgrade but a big downgrade, there are better less ripping user software, I have moved do VMWare, after this.

By the price of this software you can buy an infocus kangaroo and have a Windows machine allways with you.
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Version 11.2.0
Toosit
05 July 2016
Version 11 is a rip off because it's basically version 10 minus version 11's pro features. Why on earth would I buy a downgraded version or pay an annual subscription to get same old features!? I will be using my old version 10 which is great!
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Version 11.2.0
ben-stamp
20 May 2016
I am still using v8 with OSX10.11.5 and working fine. As long it does, I will not update for sure. The license scheme is just plain -How to ripping off people every year-.
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Version 11.2.0
Akwarner
10 May 2016
Version 11.2.0 is out
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Version 11.1.3
Sperling
31 March 2016
It's expensive crap. No apology for language - that's 100% truth. I've nothing to apologize for. Parallels is expensive crap. Every OSX they're releasing SW, which differs only in one parameter: "allowed-version-osx". No way Parallels there is replacement and I am happily using it!
If you'd provide your piece of SW for reasonable price - I'd maybe consider. But you f* with me once I nought in past & you're simply pricey - for NO additional value - maybe some poor other users need to use your solution, but if they'd try to search a bit - you're gonna die by hunger!
That half star as rating is more than generous. And yes, you're too greedy.
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Version 11.1.3
3 answer(s)
alex-rizhsky
alex-rizhsky
03 May 2017
Hi Sperling:) Actually there is another alternative to parallels, that I can higly recommend: www.parallel-desktop.com?EZE They provide remote Windows desktop accessible from cloud. The price is €8 per month, and you can subscribe whenever you need to use it and cancel the subscription if you know you're not gonna use it next month. There is a free trial available.
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Walksonair
Walksonair
07 July 2017
What is the replacement name that you are happy with?
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cig0
cig0
01 September 2017
Well stated @sperling, those - and more - were the reasons that lead me to choose VMware's solution. As you say, f* greedy thieves.
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iamdavid
31 March 2016
So when I criticized MacUpdate for this update to Parallels being f ive weeks late in being posted here they deleted my post within a coupe of hours. Says a lot about them... Wonder how soon this will be removed...
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Version 11.1.3
1 answer(s)
Jlock
Jlock
01 April 2016
The comment was removed by accident. There was a user who was going around and leaving spam comments. I apologize for the removal of your comment.

You're correct though, the update for the app was late. It has since been updated and I apologize for any confusion that may have caused.
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Mastcell
31 March 2016
I got an email from MacUpdate that goes like this:

......We've partnered with MacUpdate Community favorite Parallels to offer you 2 exclusive discounts:
Parallels Desktop 11 for only $59.99 - 25% off the normal price of $79.99......

Parallels Desktop 11 is ideal for home and student use, and of course, this PERPETUAL license of Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side......

What is the meaning of the word 'Perpetual'. Does this means there is no need to fork out for future upgrades ever? Or is this a misprint?
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Version 11.1.2
3 answer(s)
anonymous-heron-1581
anonymous-heron-1581
31 March 2016
"Perpetual" means that your license for Parallels Desktop 11 never expires. It's not a "subscription" that requires renewal as, for instance, is the case with Parallels Access. It does not mean that you will receive all future updates for free.
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Jlock
Jlock
31 March 2016
Hi Mastcell,

Perpetual means that it is a normal licensed version of the app. The upside to this is that you do not have to pay a subscription. However, you will not receive upgrades for the app in the future.

if you wanted something more in terms of a subscription version of the app, you can check that out here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56644/parallels-desktop-for-mac-pro-edition
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Mastcell
Mastcell
31 March 2016
Thank you for answering the 'Perpetual' question. I think using this word is rather misleading. That is just a normal licence. 'Perpetual' means to me never needing to pay to upgrade EVER! I already paid hundreds for each and every version of PD since Version 3, I rather switch over to VM Fusion for their less restrictive licence, e.g., the ability to install on three computers.
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Donmontalvo
24 March 2016
11.1.3 (32521) has been out a while now, might want to bookmark: http://kb.parallels.com/en/123410
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Version 11.1.2
Derekcurrie
20 January 2016
The current version is 11.1.2 (not 11.1.1 as listed today).

I've had minimal problems with Parallels 11 for my purposes. It is an improvement over v10 IMHO.

DirectX Problem:
I continue to be dismayed that NO virtualization system, including Parallels, VMWare and VirtualBox, supports anything beyond DirectX v10. Note that WINE is no better. That knocks them all out as able to play the most recent 3D games. And no, the problem is NOT (necessarily) the GPU hardware of the Mac. The problem is bothering to code the translators to allow use of the GPU hardware on the Mac. I consider this a dead end issue. Sad.
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Version 11.1.1
Pablo2k
05 December 2015
I finally had enough with Parallels version 11. I´m one of those who didn´t read the licensing terms good enough. I thought Great, I can activate and deactivate some Parallels with my Parallels account (As Microsoft beautifully do it with Office 365). But you are forced to BOTH log in to the account AND enter a serial number (Oh why?) AND you are only allowed to have ONE installation?? If something fails you have to call them to reset you install counter one ONE!! In addition Parallels 11 fails to update Windows 10 when there is a new release. It freezes my computer and I have to force KILL my mac and reboot. Then it rolls back the failed Win 10 installation. So today I used the cross grade offer from a competitor, even if it has slightly lower 3D performance it is allowed to have it installed on my iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Book in addition to it being more stable. Version 10 of Parallels was beautiful, so I´m a little sad to say goodbye. But I cannot support these practices. So goodbye Parallels, hope to see you again when you clean up your business practices and fix your instability.
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Version 11.0.2
Mikael-B
01 December 2015
I decided to abandon Parallels now after being told I should be able use the PD11 trial side by side with my older PD8 installation. At no point during installation am I Informed that the PD11 Trial will delete my older installation, but that is of course the end result. The sales support were nice and helpful, but I got enough of such schemes. I don't fully understand the crticism of the yearly fees as that is optional. Cross-grading to Fusion is my next step.
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Version 11.0.2
Mcr
12 November 2015
A comparison review of Fusion 8, Parallels 11 (and VirtualBox 5) http://www.tekrevue.com/2015-vm-benchmarks-parallels-11-vs-fusion-8/ Very interesting...for many years most reviews gave PD the speed edge (especially with Windows guests), and Fusion a slight stability edge. Fusion v 7 closed the speed gap, and now Fusion 8 and PD 11 are for the most part neck and neck. With the new licensing policy of PD, it just makes it easier to switch to Fusion knowing that you are also no longer sacrificing functionality or performance in doing so. I used PD and Fusion both from their inception. Mainly PD for Windows guests, and Fusion for OSX guests and cross compatiblity with VMWare Workstation. After PD 11 was released and the new licensing, I migrated all my PD images to Fusion and now using Fusion exclusively.
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Version 11.0.2
higherterrain-com
12 October 2015
This app has been updated
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Version 11.0.0
OhEssex
12 October 2015
So, in addition to my work laptop, I go to install Parallels on my home machine (something previously allowable given that nobody has figured out how to be in two places at the same time yet). The installation process first deletes the old version, and after you enter your license number it reports back to say it's already in use on a different computer and you're prompted to cough up another $50 or bail out and spend the time finding your old version and reinstalling that all over again. I was in a hurry preparing for something and I just had to bite the bullet and buy another (my very last) copy. I despise this company. The software they have may be good, but I'm certain their CEO is both an analyst and a therapist!
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
ososX
ososX
20 January 2016
I feel sorry for you, PD is always looking to catch us in such situations. I just got rid of this money-sucking app when they asked for yet another $50 for Yosemite "upgrade" about a year ago, a couple of months after I paid $50 for the 10.9 "upgrade".
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Borisd
06 October 2015
Just as I was getting used to Parallells, this crazy they come up with this new licensing s**t. I can't afford it. So I am forced to look for a better option. Not wise, Parallells. Good bye!
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Version 11.0.0
Borisd
06 October 2015
Just as I was getting used to Parallells, this crazy they come up with this new licensing s**t. I can't afford it. So I am forced to look for a better option. Not wise, Parallells. Good bye!
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
virgindehaas22
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31 March 2016
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Borisd
06 October 2015
Just as I was getting used to Parallells, this crazy they come up with this new licensing s**t. I can't afford it. So I am forced to look for a better option. Not wise, Parallells. Good bye!
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Version 11.0.0
Sir1963
30 September 2015
Well after using Parallels from version ONE, I now find I am unable to use/support this product. Parallels has forced a change in licensing, our University can not buy a perpetual licence, we must now pay a 12 month "rent" for it. We are NOT going to do this, we will be shifting all of our business to VMWare instead. None of the "Pro" features are worth the extra costs, and obviously having a customer with tens/hundreds of units is of no interest to Parallels. Its incredibly easy to loose a customer, and once they have shifted, its incredibly difficult to ever get them back.
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Version 11.0.0
Mcr
28 September 2015
So I've been playing with PD 11 and Fusion 8 for the last month now (i've been a long time user of both products for many years, and use both professionally and personally). I have a number of Macs running multiple boot partitions from Mavericks, to Yosemite and El Capitan. My observations (your mileage may vary, this is just me) is that on older hardware, PD 11 is slower than PD 10 on the same setup, where as Fusion 8 is faster than Fusion 7 on the same older hardware (old in this case is Core2 Duo macs, not Macs with i series CPUs). On newer hardware (i5's and i7's), I don't notice a difference between Fusion 8 and PD 11 (I don't use for gaming, so not commenting on graphics, just business apps performance). From a licensing perspective, it's getting harder to justify to myself, personally and professionally, to stick with PD, which is one license, one CPU, whereas Fusion is one license/three CPUs. That plus VM compatibility with VMWare Workstation for Windows, I have to give the nod to Fusion. Note this is coming from someone who has used PD primarily for his personally work the last several years, mainly just out of laziness and not wanting to spend time migrating all my VMs fusion. But now I'm switching over (for personal stuff, professionally, still using both, as clients and co-workers have a vested interest in sticking with what they have).
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
Sir1963
Sir1963
30 September 2015
Because of shitty site licensing we are now shifting to VMWare. We are on a 4 year cycle for hardware, so as each machine with Parallels comes up for replacement it will be VMWare that is used, We have ZERO interest in renting software, the Pro features offer us nothing of value yet over the 4 years it will cost us 5 times the price.
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Derekcurrie
04 September 2015
For those concerned (IE gamers): Parallels 11 does NOT (again) support DirectX 11.

*sigh* This has been an issue for years, since DirectX 11 was released. At least Parallels now says they are 'going' to support DirectX11 in Parallels Desktop 11. They suggest signing up and watching their email list for notification of when they finally catch up. I'm waiting on updating to version 11 until they, at last, get this together.

BTW: VMware lags even further behind with DirectX support. They JUST started supporting DirectX 10, which Parallels started supporting back in Parallels 10. There is no sign of VMware supporting DirectX 11. Sheesh!
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
04 September 2015
DirectX support only really applies to games correct? I usually don't game , and the games i would usually play were built for windows 9x, or DOS. plus an occasional older mac os native game.. I just wanted to make sure I was understanding this correctly because for video a playback and everyday computing i've not had any performance complaints with Fusion which is my VM of choice .
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86fredhoo
31 August 2015
Take a look on our desktop service, available foc Macs and other OS: https://www.apponfly.com/en?KAI
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
04 September 2015
SPAM! (Sort of relevant spam, but still spam).
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Mcr
24 August 2015
For those considering switching over to Fusion, and have Windows 7 images, note that Fusion does not support USB 3.0 with Windows 7 VMs.. this is true of the VMWare Workstation for Windows product as well (no support for USB 3 in virtualized Windows 7 images). Windows 8 and higher, no issues. There was no built in USB 3 drivers in Windows 7. Parallels found a way around that; and wrote virtualized drivers. VMWare has taken the high road and taken the position if USB 3 isn't supported in Windows 7 (ie NATIVE OS DRIVERS, not talking about 3rd party add on drivers from device makers, OEM's, motherboard makers, etc), then it's not supported in VWWare.

Bottom line, do your research. Grass is not necessarily greener on the other side. For the record, I use Fusion and Parallels, so I feel I'm rather unbiased. From a feature/ functionality perspective, I find Fusion MUCH better at OS X virtualization, and Parallels better at Windows virtualization, mainly speeed, but just marginally. YMMV.

From a licensing perspective, i had no issues with PD through version 10, but the new PD 11 user license does have me thinking if the slightly faster speed of running Windows over Fusion is worth all the new limitations in the PD 11 user license.
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Version 11.0.0
3 answer(s)
Macinman
Macinman
25 August 2015
Fusion 8, released today adds windows 7 usb 3 support, i double checked the release notes.
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Macinman
Macinman
26 August 2015
if you read my post over on VMWare Fusions's entry on macupdate, I can confirm that Usb 3 works with windows 7 on VMWare fusion 8. Make sure to only use the Drivers VMware links to in the USB settings info.

Hope this helps some of you who feel stuck with Parallels and want fusion to feel better about switching.
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Sir1963
Sir1963
30 September 2015
The new "rent" for parallels rather than outright purchase means we will be shifting everything to VMWare over the next 4 years as we upgrade hardware. Over the 4 year period it would cost us about 5 times the outright purchase price because we are forced to opt for the "pro" version of parallels which offers us nothing of value. Low end users will go to VirtualBox.
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Bad faith: Moving Basic features to the Pro edition because "Parallel found out that basic features were well enough for users". What a f*** joke! Previous versions of Parallels allowed virtual machines with up to 16 virtual CPUs and 64GB of RAM. Now only the Pro edition can make virtual machines that big; the non-Pro edition goes up to 4 CPUs and 8GB of RAM. Virtualization for Linux guests, both available in the basic Parallels last year, are now restricted to Pro version only. Support s**ks: It's either, "well you should upgrade to the last version $$$" or simply poor recommendations. Tired of being milked away...
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Version 11.0.0
Masterminter
23 August 2015
Awful license scheme is holding me back buying. Although VMware Fusion has the same yearly update, it is much faster when you need OS X VM.
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Version 11.0.0
sockmonkey
23 August 2015
Although I've been a loyal Parallels customer since version 5 and find the software actually quite good, I can no longer recommend it. Why? Starting with version 11, Parallels is enforcing the single-seat license in their EULA. Whereas I was always able to activate my office computer + my laptop on a single license, I will now have to pay 100% more for my upgrade to Parallels 11 Pro. There is no option for reduced-price extra seats for the Pro version. These abhorrent and customer-hostile license terms are so restrictive, and the lack of any understanding or flexibility on the part of their support team, mean that I have begun the process of moving everything over to VMWare, with excellent performance, unlimited multi-seat licenses for individuals and a crossgrade offer for Parallels customers. I'll vote with my wallet, and with this well-deserve half-star for a product-destroying licensing policy. Goodbye Parallels.
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
Sir1963
Sir1963
30 September 2015
Yep we are forced into the "rent" of software because our "site" (a university) is only allowed 5 licences of parallels and we are forced to go the pro route (would cost 5 times the amount over a 4 year period ) because we need more than this.
We have chosen to go with VMWare instead as the licensing is far more cost effective.
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iSkippy
21 August 2015
Just bought version 10 and received it about two months ago, and now there's a $50 upgrade. Not at all impressed. A while ago, VMware offered a sidegrade for users of Parallels Desktop to get the latest version of Fusion for about ten bucks; hopefully they'll offer something similar in the future. After having versions 4, 6, and 7 (and having them all stop working on me after a few OS X updates), I'm done with Parallels.
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Version 11.0.0
1 answer(s)
cjred
cjred
22 August 2015
i feel you dude as i bought like 1st week of july and i wasn't qualified for a free upgrade geezzzz
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SegN3rd
21 August 2015
Besides my feelings about Parallels' business practices, the fact is that the cost of Parallels plus a license of Windows 10 now costs as much as just buying an HP Stream (or a similar competing product). I know these low-end netbooks aren't as powerful as your Mac, but they also allow you to run Windows without affecting your Mac in any way or using any of its resources, plus they are quite portable. If you find a good enough sale, you can buy Windows-running hardware for less than the cost of Windows-running software.
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Version 11.0.0
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SegN3rd
SegN3rd
22 August 2015
@Vitu

Those are good points, and if you like Parallels better then I'm glad it works for you. However, I personally find working on a virtual machine for long periods of time to be as unpleasant as a low-end computer (maybe more), and I generally only pull out Windows briefly for tasks I can't find any way to do on a Mac. If I wanted to just use Windows all the time, I probably would've bought a Windows PC.
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OhEssex
19 August 2015
Seems like only yesterday I finished pulling out my wallet for a YAPU (Yet Another Parallels Upgrade) and now I see Parallels 11 is out and it's another fifty bucks to upgrade. This reminds me of the origin of the expression "daylight robbery" where property taxes were assessed by the number of windows a house had. Parallels (to me) has really just become a Windows tax :-/.
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Version 10.2.2
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neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
19 August 2015
Look here: http://www.parallels.com/techguarantee2015/. If you really bought your upgrade "only yesterday" you will get the upgrade to version 11 for free.

I installad and activated Parallels Desktop 10 yesterday and got already this morning an email from Parallels with download link and serial number for Parallels 11.

It was clear and well discussed on many websites since at least two months that Parallels would bring out a new version with better support for Windows 10 soon. That's why I waited till middle of August before I activated my version 10. (It was then pure coincidence that version 11 came out the next day.)
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OhEssex
OhEssex
19 August 2015
Seems like only yesterday I had my last birthday too ;-). I don't qualify for any free upgrade...
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Mcr
08 August 2015
There are many posts on the Net about how to install El Capitan beta into Parallels (v 10). I've tried most of them, the only one I've been successful with is here:
http://www.lostentropy.com/2015/06/10/installing-os-x-10-11-el-capitan-inside-parallels-desktop/

It's involved, but if you follow carefully, don't try to outsmart the instructions and take shortcuts because you think "you know better", then the instructions work. And bear in mind the following, you've been told:
1) the method only works with the Developer Preview of 10.11, not the Public Beta (as of the date of the article, later PUblic Beta after that may work, i don't know).
2) to successfully install Parallels Tools afterwards, you MUST disable SIP/rootless first. You can leave it off or turn it back after PT is installed, but it must be off to install PT.

It is very clear after all my experimenting with the various methods to install 10.11 in Parallels, that the bootloader, install mechanism and creation of a bootable image is different in 10.11 from 10.10, which was also slightly different from 10.9. Heck , even between the Developer Preview and Public Beta of 10.11, there is apparently a difference in the booting and install mechanism, as evidenced by the fact the method referenced above only seems to work with the DP.

Parallels is going to need to make some major adjustments to support painless install of 10.11, which likely means a new Parallels v.11 after El Cap ships.

In anticipation of all the bemoaning about another Parallels 'forced' upgrade to support El Capitan, just keep that in mind that the devs are simply having to keep up with Apple, which continues its history of making MAJOR system level and core changes in OS X with every release since Lion, Not just the boot and installing functions, but the graphics engines, audio, video, hardware abstraction and so on. Parallels is not TextEdit, it's very sophisticated software engineering, that takes development resources to maintain and test, every time Apple makes sweeping changes across the board, all of which comes with a cost. It is not as simple as just changing the 'supported version of OS X' from 10.10 to 10.11 in a some little plist file, and shipping an update to Parallels.

Even the video subsystem in El Cap seems to have been reworked again by Apple. Screen drawing with Yosemite virtual machine in PD, is slower than in Mavericks, but had improved in the latest PD 10.2.2. With El Cap, using the same video driver in Parallels Tools for Yosemite, the screen drawing is very glitchy, and slow, like it was with early Yosemite betas.

Regardless, testing El Cap in a VM is nice. I have El Cap installed natively as well on a partition, but this saves from rebooting between El Cap and my every day configuration.
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Version 10.2.2
Bobebop
01 August 2015
Serial key does not work, webhelp is "down". I am so tired of this.
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Version 10.2.2
Noraa
29 July 2015
Parallels drives me crazy. On the one hand, it is stable, feature rich, and fast. On the other hand, its licensing as absolutely abhorrent. Basically a forced $40 upgrade every year. While previous versions do tend to continue to work on newer OS (v.9 does work on Yosemite, etc.), when a problem arises Parallels basically tells you you need to pay to upgrade for the latest OS support. Add to the fact that it's nearly impossible to deactivate a computer once activate (installed Parallels on a MacBook Air, activated, a few months later sold the Air and bought a Pro, couldn't get Parallels to activate since it claimed the code was already in use - took days with Parallels support to get the issue resolved), the licensing system is just terrible. With that being said, Parallels is the only VM software for Macs that supports USB 3.0 on Windows 7 (or Server 2008) - and this is an invaluable feature. For some asinine reason, VMWare refuses to create USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 7, essentially forcing me to keep using Parallels for my VM needs. Now that Windows 10 is out, and it seems to not completely suck, I am hopeful that I can now ditch Parallels and it's absurd licensing practices for a more sane company in VMWare (well, licensing sane, lack of USB 3 support is pretty insane...)
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Version 10.2.2
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virgindehaas22
virgindehaas22
31 March 2016
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Setsupper
Setsupper
25 August 2016
I have bought every version since Parallels version 4. Their Upgade-pricing is very bad for good customers. Within the official Support period I sent a detailed mail with request for help. They did not answer for days and when they did I had spent way too many an hours to fix the Problem, which was a serious one that was not resolved.. Their service is weak at times, even if their FA'Q is usually good. Unacceptable for paying users.
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Jimw
Jimw
26 August 2016
Years ago I gave up on Parallels due to complicated buggy updates that were expensive and mediocre tech support. I switched to VMWare Fusion and have never looked back. Their upgrades are generally significant and address things other than compatibility and they install smooth and clean. I have rarely ever needed to contact tech support and the few times I did they were helpful and friendly as well as actually listening to the user.
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Fvdg
29 July 2015
Ai! Will NOT allow the update to Windows 10! The Parallels video driver is not signed so Windows 10 refuses to install/update today. See also: http://kb.parallels.com/en/123053 This is known for 2 months still not solved at final release date for Windows 10...
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Version 10.2.2
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Macinman
Macinman
01 August 2015
did you try to install windows 10 from the iso microsoft offers for download? once your copy is reserved, you should be able to upgrade by this method without problems. VMware users have to do this because of the Video driver issues there as well, and it's ALL VMware products on just fusion. that have the problem .
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Derekcurrie
26 July 2015
v10.2.2 update is out. Again, it's a messy update. If you run into a failed Parallels Tools installation, the secret is to let the virtual system reboot, then FORCE install Parallels Tools AGAIN. (o_0) You have to reboot your virtual drive a second time. This is not good. Icons on your desktop will be a mess. You may get a screwy screen resolution, although mine reset itself back to normal. IOW: Updates like this are geek worthy. We're used to stuff going wrong all the time. But granny will have a FIT. They have to do better.
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Version 10.2.1
Reelstuff
25 July 2015
I have been a paid user since version 3 through version 6, Now I can't even use the software, MAC isolated the software as a "Problem Child" now I just have to wonder, what value is this product when every time you turn around you have to pay an "upgrade" fee ? I see this as a seriously flawed and destructive business model that will certainly come back around, (Karma is a female dog) I am sick and tired of the nickel and dime (failed business model) I am moving to another platform that performs better and actually works when my operating system updates. Were mainly talking about 32 bit versus 64 bit here, so really this is a failure on the part of this product and while you may have my money you will never have me as a customer again.
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Version 10.2.1
I have to give Parallels high marks this time around. I had been putting off upgrading because, frankly, I don't need it yet. But I got an e-mail offer for $10 off the usual upgrade price of $49.99; so I paid only $39.99. What's more, they had a companion offer for Toast 12 Titanium for $29.99, which is half the standard upgrade price for Toast. I couldn't pass that up either. I hadn't upgraded Toast since version 8. While 8 still works in Mavericks, I thought this was the best price I'd ever be likely to find on a Toast upgrade. As it turns out, the one I got, version 12, isn't the latest – version 14 was just released – but it's still four versions newer than the one I was using. What really got me posting here was the ease with which I was able to create a Windows 7 virtual machine in Parallels 10 by converting my VMWare Fusion Windows 7 virtual machine; the process left the Fusion virtual machine undisturbed. It went as smooth as you-know-what through a goose. I didn't even know it would be possible. I had been worried about installing Windows 7 in Parallels given that I am already using my Windows 7 license in Fusion – Microsoft licensing policies set the standard for being difficult to deal with (I have been running Windows XP in Parallels. That, too, was not disturbed). But there were no issues when I started up Windows 7 in Parallels 10 - though it took me awhile to get the settings where I want them. And Parallels started up in Coherence mode by default, which was a nuisance till I figured out what was going on and turned Coherence off. The only other issue I had was getting the USB 3 drivers for Windows, but Parallels had a link for that in the USB settings. Very thoughtful. I'm running OS X Mavericks on a 27" iMac with a 1TB Fusion drive, so there's plenty of room for the extra VM. Eventually I plan to upgrade to Windows 10 in VMWare Fusion since Microsoft will be offering it for free for a year. And yes, I have the requisite Windows 7 license to qualify for the free Windows 10 offer. In the meantime, I've skipped Windows 8 altogether because, in my opinion, it's more trouble than it's worth. Windows 10 should be a lot easier to deal with. You may be asking, why am I using both Parallels and Fusion? Well, I bought Parallels at an introductory discount when it first came out. But a version or two on it became unreliable so I decided to give VMWare Fusion a try, also at an introductory discount. I had XP in Parallels and originally put Vista in Fusion – though I had to install XP there because my copy of Vista was an upgrade, not a standalone. I moved that to Windows 7 because Win 7 couldn't easily be installed over XP. Now, of course, I could put Win 10 in either program. Maybe I'll toss a coin. ;-) But I'll continue my policy of running two versions of Windows. Nowadays I could run all my VMs in either app, but they keep leapfrogging one another in feature development so I've never been able to decide to stick with one or the other. And my early experience with Parallels made me wary of putting all my eggs in one basket. They've both gone haywire at one time or another. So, for now, I'll give Parallels 10 five stars. YMMV
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Version 10.2.1
Cowicide
02 June 2015
MacUpdate, this is up to version 10.2.1 (10.2.1.29006) now
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Version 10.2.0
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
16 June 2015
v10.2.1 was released May 26, 2015. So be not alarmed if you already have it installed folks.
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Mcr
03 April 2015
YMMV, but I've seen a noticeable improvement in speed and 'snappiness' with the 10.2.0 upgrade from the previous 10.1, across all VMs (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP; OS X Yosemite, Mavericks). With the Windows 7 VM, which is also installed on Bootcamp on the same machine, it feels virtually native in terms of response. The VM is allocated 2GB RAM on and 1 CPU, on a quad core iMac with 8 GB of RAM, so saying it runs basically as good as the native Windows in Bootcamp which has access to all 8GB and all cores, is saying something. Again, YMMV, I don't run games, so can't speak for raw graphics or 3D acceleration speed, but things like Word and Excel 2013 load and respond quicker in the VM now.
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Version 10.2.0
Derekcurrie
01 April 2015
BEWARE updating to 10.2.0 -> DON'T DO IT!!! Stick with the previous version until Parallels get their act together. Using the update feature in Parallels 10, I updated to 10.2.0 and all hell broke loose. I ended up with a barely working, messed up Windows XP Pro. Among the problems inflicted by this poorly planned update: 1) Windows freaked out that Parallels Tools had installed a bad disk driver. 2) This caused the Parallels Tools installation to FAIL. 3) Upon forced reboot, the Windows XP display settings were ruined. Windows warned me of the problem and tried to help me get a better picture. I tried and found the desktop image resolution was still awful. 4) Then Window freaked again, telling me: "A problem occurred during hardware installation. Your new hardware might not work properly." And it didn't. So I wrote Parallels support in detail about the mess they had inflicted. They never wrote back to me. Gee thanks! I wrote to them further about my solution, which was to: 1) Manually download the full installer for 10.2.0. 2) Run the installer. 3) Watch the Parallels Tools installer mess up AGAIN. 4) Reboot Windows XP and run Parallels Tools installer a SECOND time. 5) Manually adjust the ruined display settings. This time the resolution problem cleared up and all looks fine. For putting me through this abysmal update and wasting my time, Parallels earns 2 stars in this review. Well earned. VMWare is calling...
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Version 10.2.0
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Sean-Smith
Sean-Smith
01 April 2015
Derek, for whatever it's worth, I updated via the manually downloaded full installer and experienced none of the problems you did.

As for saying that Parallels support "never" got back to you, you posted this on the same day that the v10.2.0 update was released. In the words of Inigo Montoya, "I do not think [that word] means what you think it means."
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Mcr
Mcr
03 April 2015
I updated two XP images to 10.2.0 from the previous 10.1, one XP Home, the other XP Pro, with all updateds (Service pack 3 etc). No problems at all. As a fail safe, anyone who is concerned should save a snapshot before upgrading. Derek, do you have a retina display? There are specific instructions for supporting XP virtual machines on Retina Display (XP being old doesn't understand hi res displays). I have no issues running my XP images on a retina display once I followed the instructions. Search the Parallels knowledge base or Google it.
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Prologos
31 March 2015
Parallels Desktop 10 Upgrade: Dream Exchange (or Fraud/Ripp off ???) In US$ = 49.99 In Euro = 68.50 In CHF = 66.99 Actual Exchange is 1 CHF = US$ 0.9730 / Euro 1.0732
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Version 10.1.4
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Mcr
Mcr
03 April 2015
Using just exchange rates as a basis for comparing product pricing internationally is misleading, because that assumes a product SHOULD cost the 'equivalent' in value everywhere, i.e. adjusts for exchange rates. I have a lot of international experience, and the fact is, in much of Europe, things simply cost more relatively to the US. Food, gas, services, etc. When I compare what a meal cost me in France for example, based on exchange rate, I often find I pay $20 US equivalent for a meal, that in the US, the same meal would only cost me $10 or $15 US. Europeans routinely pay the equivalent of $4-$5 a gallon for gas (when you convert from per liter price).

Secondly, prices in different areas get 'set' and the people are familiar with that local price and vendors don't change that as exchange rates fluctuate because it confuses customers. For example, the US upgrade price has been $49.99 for many years, during that time the Dollar has fluctuated wildly, but $49.99 is what US customers have become used to and expect. In general, Parallels isn't going to change that $49.99 or foreign prices in other markets as exchange rates fluctuate, UNLESS a particular currency just gets so out of whack that they are forced to make an adjustment or risk losing too much money.

In general vendors favor their largest market, and try to stay consistent in price for that market so those customers become familiar with a set 'expected' price, like the $49.99 example. If on the other hand, let's say I was a German software developer and primarily sold only in Germany, and i've priced my product for years IN GERMANY at 49.99 Euro, I'm probably going to keep it at that, regardless if my US customers have to pay more or less at any given time, depending on exchange, assuming that when the US customer makes a purchase, they are charged based on the exchange rate for the set German price.

So for the US customer, his 'price' in US dollars will vary based on whenever he buys and the current exchange rate. Now if my US market starts to grow, I may need to eventually 'lock down' the US price, let's say $39.99 US, to provide my US customers a sense of 'stability'. Overtime, the Euro and Dollar my dance around each other up and down, sometimes dramatically, but I may have no choice but to keep it $39..99 in the US and 49..99 Euro in Germany to maintain the perception of stability with each local market, even if it means in one market I may not be maximizing profit, OR by comparison overcharging (depending on what side of the fence you sit on).

Because of the HUGE investment in advertising and marketing (think of all the Parallel ads (online, print) and web click throughs and 3rd party sites advertising that they have no control over or even be able to track them all down. All of them showing the $49.99 price. A simple change in price has huge consequences.

Sometimes people jump to the assumption that there is a conspiracy to gouge or mislead customers, in my experience this is usually not the case, it's just basic business economics and marketing., cost etc. If at some point Parallels has enough business in Europe or Asia, they may have to 'lock down' a price in those local markets and stick to it.

Apple and other large companies address this by having local online stores in every country. So when you log in to apple.com from, for example France, based on your IP address, you get routed to the French Apple Store, with its own set pricing, which depending on current exchange may either be lower or higher in terms of 'equivalent value' compared to US or other countries.
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Prologos
Prologos
03 April 2015
Well Mcr,- if You find meals in Europe to expensive, don´t travel there. And i will not make a update. That simple :-)
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Mcr
27 February 2015
Just learned some interesting trivia and computing history. Those old enough, you remember IBM OS/2 operating system from the late 80's to mid 90's? OS/2 was meant to replace DOS, and jointly developed by IBM and Microsoft. It was supposed to be Windows before Windows existed. Microsoft got tired of waiting on IBM, in the meantime they came out with Windows 3 which was supposed to be a stop gap until OS/2 with a GUI was ready. But Windows 3 sold like crazy MS continued developing Windows. Windows 3.1 and 95 were hugely successful and the rest is history. Meanwhile OS/2 was deployed heavily in the banking and financial sector, because they ran big IBM mainframes. Many ATM machines ran OS/2 because it was (for its time) very stable, capable of 24/7 operation, compared to DOS and Windows 3.x. When IBM stopped development of OS/2, companies heavily invested in it either migrated to Windows NT / XP or tried to limp along. A bank in Moscow which used OS/2 heavily, hired a group of developers (Russian) to solve their OS/2 problem and find ways to keep OS/2 running on the newer and newer hardware coming out. The developers determined the best solution was not to try to continue development of OS/2 but find a way to run OS/2 virtualized. That product became Parallels Workstation and that company became Parallels. With their knowledge and experience gained of how to virtualize Intel x86 hardware, the company saw a market opportunity with the Mac, to run Windows and PC software. And viola, Parallels Desktop for Mac was born. The irony is so wonderful and sweet!!! Microsoft told IBM to bug off and jumped ship on OS/2. But OS/2 wouldn't die, and people trying to continue using OS/2 spawned the birth of Parallels, which now allows Mac users (hardware made by Apple, Microsoft's main competitor) to run their competitors flagship product Microsoft Windows, without having to buy additional x86 PC hardware. And where did the x86 PC hardware start? With the IBM PC!! OMG! The absolute twisted-ness of this story is precious. Add to that the fact that it took the Russians to develop it, just to keep running IBM OS/2 on a PC, which--extra irony-- IBM no longer makes PCs anyways, because they sold their PC division to guess who? A Chinese company, Lenovo. So the story starts back at a time when the Russians and Chinese were our adversaries, and ends up today where we owe one country for developing Parallels to let us run Windows on Macs, and the other we buy PCs from by the hundred of thousands that bought the PC division from the company that started it all in the first place. Gotta love it!! And yes, you can run OS/2 in Parallels, I've done it (supposedly you can also run OS/2 in VFusion and VirtualBox, but I've never tried it).
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Version 10.1.4
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
01 April 2015
Note that Intel provided virtualization CPU support as of the Core 2 Duo chips in 2006, just in time for Apple to entirely dump IBM's stalled PPC G4 and G5 chips for Intel. That's when Parallels leapt aboard Mac OS X and became (for better or worse) the favorite virtualization software on the Mac platform. But these days, VMWare does rather nicely, even if their parent company is in an uproar or two. VirtualBox is fine for the geek-oriented in a pinch and is open source free.
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iMiNiMaL
19 February 2015
The current version is very buggy!
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Version 10.1.4
Ean
11 February 2015
It's hard to review something that runs Windows fairly as it is, after all, Windows. That anything should do such a good job of running Windows in emulation is amazing. I have to set up a lot of DSP hardware using device-specific Windows applications and Parallels has no problem communicating with any of the external hardware I've come across, whether it be a serial or network connection. Superb. Ten stars if it could run Windows without actually having to run Windows! Sigh.
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Version 10.1.4
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Mcr
Mcr
27 February 2015
Emulation and virtualization are not exactly the same thing and frequently confused or used interchangeably. Parallels employs virtualization, it creates a duplicate environment for multiple systems in software to access the same hardware (in this case your Mac). The systems must already be compatible with the underlying hardware, i.e. PD runs Windows, Linux and other programs that are already compatible with Intel x86 hardware. The proof of that is that you can run Windows and Ubuntu for example natively on Mac if you wanted to.

Emulation is the process of 'emulating' a different hardware platform with software such that other software is fooled into thinking it is running on different hardware it expects than actually exists. For example, the old VirtualPC product for Mac that ran on the old PPC Mac hardware would 'emulate' an Intel x86 hardware platform. Another example is Apple's iOS emulator for developers that allows you to test iOS apps on the Mac because it 'emulates' the iphone / ipad hardware.

Please, this post is not meant as a criticism of you, just clarifying some technical terms so that people understand what Parallels does and does not do.
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qb
29 January 2015
What a bunch of cr*p. For two afternoons I've tried to find a way to request the FREE UPDAGE from 9 to 10 as I have recently purchased 9. All I can find is the $49.99 paid upgrade. I believe if they really have a commitment to a free upgrade path that option should be on the same url as the paid upgrade. Arrrrgggg.
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Version 10.1.2
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Sean-Smith
Sean-Smith
01 April 2015
MacUpdate's assertion of "a free upgrade for version 9 customers who purchased their copy after August 1, 2014" is a half-truth. The free upgrade ended on October 15, 2014.

I hope you weren't mislead into your recent purchase of version 9 by thinking you could still get the free upgrade.

http://www.parallels.com/techguarantee2014/
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Tomq
16 January 2015
For years now I have not be able to create or resize a disk to larger than 64GB. Website says this is a know problem with GUID partitions, which all modern Macs use. I am very unhappy with this lack of support and am ready to switch back to Fusion because of this. Very frustrating.
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Version 10.1.2
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Tomq
Tomq
16 January 2015
Well I just checked the specs for Fusion and it also says it is limited to 64GB. So no point in buy Fusion.
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Macinman
Macinman
16 January 2015
What exactly are you referring to? I am running a mac os x lion VM on fusion pro 7 with an 80GB drive. I've never noticed a limit on how big I can make a virtual disk beyond a very large amount beyond the physical space I have.

My host is a late 2013 13" rmbp with yosemite 10.10.1 with 8 GB ram 256 GB SSD
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Pissnaround
Pissnaround
11 February 2015
Not sure what you are talking about. I just resized my Windows 10 guest's drive from 60GB to 75GB in Fusion. I suspect Parallels would do the same.
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Verne-Arase
08 January 2015
Everyone's so cheesed off about the price that it's hard to find a product review. I think in 10.8 Parallels was more stable and responsive, and in 10.9 it was VMWare Fusion. Anyone tried both the new Parallels and VMWare Fusisons in 10.10? Any recommendations?
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Version 10.1.2
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Macinman
Macinman
10 January 2015
I've always been satisfied with fusion. I did try parallels a couple years back with a trip, and found it to be quirky and frustrating to deal with for my particular needs. I will say I have more compared Virtualbox and fusion on my late 2013 13" mbp and have been once again very satisfied with fusion. Virtuallbox is good for a free solution but the environment isn't always stable for more heavier tasks such as video playback and other tasks that require graphics. It also doesn't do well with old x as a guest os. Currently i'm evaluating windows 8.1 enterprise and have had no issues with it, after i got used to the new interface. windows 7 runs well and os x guests also run well. Iv also been able to virtualize older os' such as windows 9x / dos without issues other then driver support for certain things, which is to be expected today with an older os. Linux runs well and i have to say one thing fusion has over paralells, at least the last time i tried it, was unity mode works withy any os with vmware tools support. Paralells seemed to only work with windows with that feature, and depending on how they've improved it, wasn't great with more unique legacy operating systems.

Anyway hope this helps, have a great day/night!
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Mcr
Mcr
11 February 2015
I have been a user of Fusion and PD since version 1 of each. I use both, both have strengths. In general, IMO, I find Fusion is much better at supporting OS X VMs, PD better (slightly) at Windows VMs.

If OS X VMs are important to you, use Fusion. If Windows is more important or if you want the fastest Windows speed, use PD.

Both charge $49 an upgrade, both have updates to their products roughly once a year. Both support support at any time at least two version of OS X as host with the current version of the product, typically the current OS X plus the one prior. For example, PD 10 supports OS 10.10 and 10.9, so contrary to all the comments you read on this site, you do NOT have to upgrade with every release of OS X, only if you want a specific feature, but you are not forced to. So, it doesn't necessarily mean $49 every year, you can easlily go two years before upgrading.
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Alvin-H
Alvin-H
12 February 2015
maybe one more reason to think about; parallels only allowed to installed to one mac, but you can install fusion to 5 of your mac.

thats why I choose fusion, cheaper for me.
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F-John-Cianci
07 January 2015
Don't have a problem, they don't answer e-mails or try to help fix a problem, and $50 a year makes this software not worth the price
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Version 10.1.2
Macinman
20 December 2014
Hey all, Got a couple questions. I keep tabs on what people are saying about virtualization software for the mac. I was curious about paralells at this point. I have for the most part been a vmware fusion, and virtualbox user. When i tried paralells as a trial a couple years back, i found things that I found made it not suitable for me. for example, when I tried it, it didn't play nice with mac os x accessibility unless paralles tools were installed, cohearence or unity mode didn't work with anything but windows. some other operating systems such as linux didn't work well at the time. Also I like having cross platform compatible products and virtualbox and vmware both meet those requirements. vb and VF also dont conflect with zoom when on like PD did. With all this said my main reason for a VM would be for Linux or older versions of os x. When it comes to windows, most of my needs would be met with wine, or an xp VM because it's mostly a bridge for me for the unique time when an app won't run on the mac, or i need windows to bridge a format gap so it can be converted to something the mac understands. Those needs have gone down though. I would say the most critical need i've had for windows lately was to run a bios flasher for the HP desktop or firmware that doesn't have a dos or linux, or os x flasher. With all the above said is going to offer me anything my other two solutions arent ? The only thing mac related that might be worth it is if Quartz extreme works in a VM, i know by nature, that tends to only work as host on a mac. I've watched a few videos on youtube, and i've come to the conclusion people aren't happy with the PD company and i wouldn't gain anything, but i still thought i'd ask for some feedback. Thanks :)
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Version 10.1.1
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Mcr
Mcr
11 February 2015
I have been a user of Fusion and PD since version 1 of each. I use both, both have strengths. In general, IMO, I find Fusion is much better at supporting OS X VMs, PD better (slightly) at Windows VMs.

If OS X VMs are important to you, use Fusion. If Windows is more important or if you want the fastest Windows speed, use PD.
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OhEssex
29 November 2014
I used Parallels 10 to import my son's college PC into his Mac. The Parallels Transporter software started out really fast (had turned off WiFi and there was just a gigabit ethernet cable between the two machines), and then it got slower and slower and eventually it slowed to crawl and the whole process too over 15 hours. Awful. BTW - my son's Mac had over 100GB free space to start with. Then, when it was all finally done, after he logged into his virtual machine he had a black desktop background and all the desktop icons were those of his Mac desktop - NOT the desktop picture and icons he had on his PC. Why on earth wouldn't you just end up with something that looked EXACTLY like his PC setup?? Now we have to get figure all that out... Seriously, how do you get that wrong at version 10! What a piece of crud...
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Version 10.1.1
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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
27 December 2014
The PC Desktop has the Mac Desktop's ICONS because in the settings, you have set it to share the Mac Desktop with the PC. Turn this off to get the PC's desktop. The black desktop background must also be caused by this setting.

Try not to share too much between the Mac and the PC so that you know which environment is which. This is one reason I don't like Coherence. I like my operating systems in their own window.
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Somnus
22 November 2014
Not again! I paid for 4,5,6,7,8,9, the update price is unbelievable! Every major version of OS X updates comes with the expensive update of PD. Is it really worth that much for an update?
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Version 10.1.1
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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
27 December 2014
ONE: You don't have to update Parallels nor Mac OS X. You can keep using the same software forever if you use the same operating system.

TWO: $50 a year for upgrades is inexpensive. In comparison DropBox costs $99 a year and only gives you 1 TB of storage.

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Ruud-Altenburg
20 November 2014
I have no complaints whatsoever about the software but the insistent "encouragements" to upgrade and the advertisements are repulsive.
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Version 10.1.1
Hank2
20 November 2014
http://www.securityweek.com/parallels-desktop-mac-feature-allows-guest-host-vm-escape
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Version 10.1.1
Alvin-H
14 November 2014
still amaze how much the cost to keep up to date... it will cost about 100 for me (i have macbook and iMac), yes it might fast ... but not worth those price... Better use virtual box... i'm sure it will enough for most of us. if you need more you can have VMware, 1 licence for 3 mac your own. those are better the choice
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Version 10.1.1
mhd-msw
01 November 2014
I paid for parallels 6, 7 and 8. But now that I upgraded to Yosemite and they don't support it, I think I'll go with the torrent. I paid enough! and what they are doing is not ethical.
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Version 10.1.1
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Mcr
Mcr
16 December 2014
@mhd.msw said: " I think I'll go with the torrent. I paid enough! and what they are doing is not ethical."

But apparently you feel software piracy is ethical? Amazing, you suggest that the proper response to an unethical act is to perform your own unethical act. There is nothing unethical about a software company charging for software upgrades; you can argue it is a poor business decision if the company does it too often or charges too much, but Parallels is a for profit company with investors and stockholders to answer too, just like the company YOU work for; or if you are self-employed, you have a responsibility to yourself to earn an honest living by providing a product or service, putting a price on it, and expecting people who use it, to pay that price, or go elsewhere. You as a consumer, have the right to vote with your pocket book and take your money elsewhere and buy a competitor product or don't use anything at all. But not justify stealing.

If I feel the product or service you or the company you work for provides is too expensive; by your argument I'm justified to steal it? And when your employer has to cut back on raises, or health insurance coverage, in response to theft, well that's just too bad then. How much Parallels charges is not the point, at any price, there will people who feel it's too much. You try to argue that it's okay to go download a hacked torrent version because it is too expensive; so if you argue stealing is acceptable when the upgrade costs $49, then someone else can justify the same at any price, whether it costs $29 or $19 or $1. It's the principle; not the dollar amount.

You do realize that many of the people on MacUpdate earn their living in the tech industry, many are in fact developers themselves. This is not a forum where you will get much support for software piracy.
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GlennFawcett2482
29 October 2014
Everyone is upset about the update price and policy and I must absolutely agree. In about 1.5 years I have paid for PD and its updates starting with version 7 through to 8. What is especially annoying is that the new, full version, of PD 9, non-update price, is for sale at Other World Computing for $49.00, the same price that we are all expected to pay for our so-called updates. If you buy something from OWC (and I love that retailer; have been a customer since the mid 90s buying processor cards for Power Computing Macs; what fun days) you can get the new, non-update, version of PD 9 for $39.00. To me, those of us who already own version 9 and want the update without purchasing something new should be able to get the update for say $29.00, which I'd gladly pay. But in this case, I draw the line and will not be purchasing this update. Moreover, they make it clear that support for Yosemite is limited to the latest update of v. 9 and that won't likely last long. Version 9 owners are entitled to better prices to an update regardless of when they bought the product. Users should complain about this as broadly and vociferously as possible until it echoes off the walls all the way to the living rooms of their Indian tech support staff (another annoyance of the company).
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Version 10.1.1
Derekcurrie
28 October 2014
I continue to be pleased with the attention Parallels provides to Parallels Desktop. It works great for everything I use on Windows, from 3D games to working on the web. Having previously bought Parallels from OWC (Other World Computing @ www.macsales.com) I was able to get a very nice discount off the usual Parallels 10 upgrade price, which a great incentive. The upgrade features for Parallels 10 on OS X 10.10 Yosemite are not essential. You might want to wait until the next upgrade cycle. But for my uses, Parallels 10 is great and continues to be the best virtualization available for Mac users. Meanwhile, for those willing to deal with the geek factors, the free offerings might get you through. WINE isn't any kind of universal solution, but it works fine for some basic Windows software. VirtualBox has a steeper learning curve and a lot less functionality, but it has great functionality for all basic Windows software.
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Version 10.1.1
Verne-Arase
27 October 2014
So, what's the verdict? Under Snow Leopard I found Parallels faster and more stable, and under Mavericks VMWare Fusion. Anyone try both and have a preference for Yosemite?
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Version 10.1.1
Rochade
27 October 2014
Goodbye Parallels - Hello VirtualBox I really don't need all PD features and VirtualBox works perfectly well for me (even under Yosemite). Actually I would have paid the $50 upgrade price but once I wanted to check out, the price changed to about $70 - depending on my location. No thanks - went with VirtualBox and was surprised how well it works.
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Version 10.1.1
Wai-Mun-Mak-dete
25 October 2014
Paid upgrade too frequent and too costly
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Version 10.1