Run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. With support for Windows 10 as well as being ready for Mac OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac can run both Windows and Mac applications side by side. You can also switch from your PC to your Mac because Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac makes it easy to get all your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more via the setup assistant. You can also reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. If you have Windows 10 installed with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, you can take advantage of Microsoft’s personal assistant, Cortana, for both Windows and Mac applications.
Select productivity, games, design, or development, and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac will optimize your virtual machine settings and performance for you. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac doesn’t just run Windows on your Mac. In addition to Mac OS X and Windows, Parallels Desktop 11 also supports Linux and Google Chrome OS.
An onscreen guide walks you through upgrading a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 virtual machine to Windows 10.
Use Cortana, the Microsoft speech-enabled virtual assistant, even when your Windows 10 virtual machine isn’t the front-most application.
When running Windows 10, the Action Center has an icon in the OS X Menu Bar, so you won’t miss messages from Windows.
Optimized for Longer Battery LifeBattery life is extended up to 15% in office and heavy 3D graphics scenarios. Travel Mode extends battery life by temporarily shutting down resource-intensive services running in the VM.
PerformanceWindows 8.1 and Windows 10 startup and shutdown are up to 50% faster. Operations with files in Windows are improved (the PassMark disk test shows up to 20% improvement). Operations with files moving from Mac to Windows and vice versa are up to 5% faster. Suspending a virtual machine is up to 20% faster. Improved network performance in certain scenarios.
ProductivityOS X Quick Look for Windows apps: Quickly preview a Windows file before opening it, just as you would on the Mac. “Open Recent” was added to the menu when right clicking Dock icons of popular Windows applications. “New Document,” “New Spreadsheet,” and “New Presentation” were added to the menu when right clicking Dock icons of Microsoft Office and some other apps. Resuming a virtual machine can be canceled while in process. “Open in Windows” was added when right clicking Mac files. When you open a Mac file in a Windows VM, a notification gives you the option to set files of that type to always open in the Windows application. Printing from Windows using a printer shared from OS X allows you to adjust paper size and select one- or two-side printing using the OS X Page Setup dialogue. Quickly lookup a word or preview a file in Windows using a Force Touch trackpad.
Other Added FeaturesOS X Location sharing with Windows virtual machines Automatic synchronization of the volume setting of the virtual machine with the volume setting of the Mac. The “English Japanese (Apple) – Parallels” layout to support JIS keyboards. Create an OS X virtual machine from any OS X recovery partition.
General EnhancementsImproved support for Boot Camp virtual machines. Simplified virtual machine configuration interface. Virtual Machines with Snapshots enabled now support compacting. Automatic virtual machine Pause mode intelligence improvements. Switch to Coherence using a button in the virtual machine title bar Improved importing of third-party virtual machines.
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