Market Overview

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Launches, Saves Up to 20 GB of Virtual Machine Storage Space, Starts Four Times Faster, and Is Ready for macOS Mojave

Share:

Version 14 has over 50 new features, including improvements in
performance, graphics, and support for new technologies, plus the newest
versions of Parallels Toolbox and Parallels Access for Mac and Windows.

Parallels (parallels.com/about),
a global leader in cross-platform solutions and creator of the
#1-selling software for running Windows® applications on a Mac®,
today launched Parallels Desktop® 14 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop),
which provides macOS® Mojave–readiness. Upgrading to
Parallels Desktop 14 offers significant storage savings, faster launch
times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels®
Toolbox for Windows or Mac (parallels.com/toolbox).
Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows
features on Mac than ever before.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180821005203/en/

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac makes it simple to run the Windows or Mac apps you need every day, and  ...

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac makes it simple to run the Windows or Mac apps you need every day, and lets you always be ready to work with anyone regardless of what apps they run. Pictured above, Windows 10 and Windows 7 run in Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac on macOS Mojave. Download a free trial at www.parallels.com/desktop. (Photo: Business Wire)

"Millions of Parallels Desktop customers highly value performance and
efficiency," said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. "With Parallels
Desktop 14, we've taken those to the next level by focusing on graphics
and storage, allowing customers to save as much as 20 GB of disk space
while enjoying the best-ever performance. Personal productivity
enhancements include more Windows features available on Mac devices.
Touch Bar support for Windows applications—such as OneNote
or Quicken—enables customers to add their favorite applications to the
Mac Touch Bar so their shortcuts are at their fingertips."

Enhanced Storage Optimization

Typically, virtual machines are large, taking anywhere from 15–100 GBs
of space or more. With two different storage mechanisms at work (Windows
and Mac), newly engineered storage optimization that takes both Windows
and Mac mechanisms into account can result in significant disk space
savings.* The new Free Up Disk Space dialog that suggests storage-saving
actions now better handles multiple virtual machines. Newly created
snapshots occupy up to 15 percent less disk space.

Keep Melting the Border between Windows and Mac

Parallels Desktop 14 now enables customers to use Microsoft Ink to edit
Microsoft Office for Windows documents on a Mac, including
pressure-sensitive support in applications such as PowerPoint, Microsoft
Edge, CorelDRAW, Fresh Paint, Leonardo, openCanvas and Photoshop for
Windows.**

Preconfigured Touch Bar sets for the following applications have been
added to Parallels Desktop 14: Microsoft Visio and OneNote, SketchUp,
AutoCAD, Revit, Quicken, QuickBooks and Visual Studio. They join current
Parallels Desktop Touch Bar sets for Windows applications, including:
Office 2016 (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), Windows
Start Menu and desktop (Cortana, Task View and Task Bar pinned
elements), File Explorer (File Open and Save As settings), and web
browsers (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla
Firefox, Opera and Vivaldi).

The Parallels Desktop Touch Bar Wizard makes it easy for users to
customize the Touch Bar for thousands of Windows applications, so their
function key shortcuts are at their fingertips when using the
applications. Additionally, with the use of Touch Bar XML Authoring,
users can further personalize the Touch Bar with their own customized
function key shortcuts for their favorite Windows applications.

macOS MojaveReady

Parallels Desktop 14 supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows
files now shows quick actions. Support for additional Mojave features,
which are currently in development, will be tested, finalized and
introduced around the forthcoming public release of Mojave.

The Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac installation image, which is notarized
by Apple®, will be seen by users when it is installed on
Mojave.

Enhanced Graphic Support and 4K Shared Camera
Support

Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced
graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux
8 and OriginLab.

All view modes have been improved in terms of speed and memory usage,
which is especially important when working on multiple high-resolution
external displays, including those of 5K resolutions.

Unused virtual video memory is now effectively returned to Mac system
memory. Auto mode for graphics allows Windows to use more than 2 GB of
Mac system memory for video purposes, while allowing Windows
applications to use it when possible.***

Additionally, users now get a better frame rate in video conferencing
and can use shared camera technology with cameras that support up to 4K
resolutions.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition

New Business Edition features include enhanced management, plus security
and licensing portals. Additional improvements include:

  • Smart card readers are now automatically available in both Mac and
    Windows for faster access (if enabled).
  • Administrators can invite users via email and assign separate
    administrators for sublicenses for improved efficiency.****
  • Replace existing virtual machines in Deployment Mode to streamline
    productivity.
  • Applications deployed in the Single Application mode start faster,
    along with a new modern-looking splash screen.
  • The Parallels "My Account" portal has been redesigned to be optimized
    for popular use cases.****

More than 30+ Single-Click Utilities from
Parallels Toolbox for Windows and Mac

New and popular Parallels Toolbox tools include:

  • Free Memory – Reclaim RAM memory and optimize its consumption
    on your Mac. Add this Free Memory tool to the macOS menu bar to
    easily check how much RAM is available with just a click and reclaim
    available memory.
  • Resize Images – Batch convert images to your desired file size
    and format. Simply drag the source images to the tool's window,
    specify the desired dimensions/size and output location, and click.

Parallels Desktop 14 Performance

Significant performance improvements include:

  • Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro®
    (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography and other
    complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 Intel Cannon
    Lake processor instructions set support
  • Up to 80 percent faster application launch
  • Up to 10 percent faster boot time
  • Up to 30 percent faster suspend operation on APFS partition
  • Up to 130 percent more frames per second in Shared Camera
  • Up to 17 percent more frames per second in Coherence view mode

The CPU usage indicator has been added to the title bar to give a better
understanding of high CPU usage in Windows. Resource Monitor is
completely redesigned to show Mac resources along with the impact that
multiple virtual machines have on them.

Availability and Pricing

Today, Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac, Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Pro
Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available for
subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 (parallels.com/upgradepd14),
as well as new customers, online at parallels.com/desktop
and at local retail and online stores worldwide. Free 14-day
full-featured trials are also available for download.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is
US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Business Edition are each
available to new customers for US$99.99 per year. Parallels Desktop 12
and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14
for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition
subscription for US$49.99 per year. Parallels Desktop subscriptions
include a complimentary concurrent subscription to Parallels Toolbox for
Mac or Windows (parallels.com/toolbox),
as well as Parallels Access® (parallels.com/access).

About Parallels

Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions that make it
possible and simple for customers to use and access the applications and
files they need on any device or operating system. We help customers
take advantage of the best technology out there, whether it's Windows,
Mac, iOS, Android or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and
user-experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for
businesses and individual customers to use applications wherever they
may be—local, remote, in the private datacenter or in the cloud. Visit parallels.com/about
for more information.

Stay connected with Parallels and our online communities. Like us on
Facebook at facebook.com/parallelsinc,
follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/parallelsmac
and visit our blog at blog.parallels.com.

*Results in virtual disk optimization will not be immediate after
upgrade, as these optimizations happen in the background. Only Windows 8
and 10 are supported.

**Perpetual license.

***Auto mode is available only after Parallels Tools update in
Windows 8 or Windows 10.

****New Parallels My Account features became available to users
before Parallels Desktop 14 release.

Parallels and the Parallels logo are registered trademarks of
Parallels IP Holdings GmbH in the United States and/or other countries.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!