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Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Released With Windows 10 and Cortana Support

Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with dual support for OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 and always-on access to Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition were also released for business customers, developers, designers and power users.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is virtualization software that enables users to use OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 side by side without rebooting, including full support for Windows and Mac apps. The software includes a setup assistant for switching from PC to Mac, one-click optimization settings, Linux and Google Chrome support, advanced security features and more.

The latest version of Parallels Desktop also features Quick Look for Windows documents, Travel Mode for temporarily shutting down resource-intensive services to extend battery life, location services in Windows apps and easy upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Performance improvements include up to 50% faster boot and shut down times, up to 15% longer battery life and up to 20% faster tasks.


Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is $79.99 with a free 14-day trial available, while customers with Parallels Desktop 9 or newer can upgrade for $49.99. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Pro Edition both retail for $99.99 per year with faster 64GB virtual RAM / 16 vCPUs for each virtual machine and extended premium 24/7 phone and email support.



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11 months ago

I always love people who want something for nothing. People who don't value the work of others. $49 to update a program as powerful as Parallels is chump change. If it is too much for you, you don't need Parallels. People are entitled to be paid for their labors.


Thank you Parallels Marketing Manager.
Rating: 29 Votes
11 months ago
I'll pass. VMware Fusion for me.
Rating: 23 Votes
11 months ago
Sweet, the yearly Parallels fee.
Rating: 22 Votes
11 months ago
Thieves. The full price is OK, but upgrades need to be cheaper.
Rating: 15 Votes
11 months ago

I guess at some point these guys are going to actually have to innovate on their own, now that Windows 10 is the "last version of Windows" to be released. All I can really remember since ~Parallels 5 is being compelled to upgrade for compatibility with the latest MS OS, not because there were any real features that I needed.


They just keep breaking parallels every time Apple update their OS. So, as long as Apple are giving us free updates, we'll have to keep paying the $50 parallels tax to use our windows only programs.

Happens every year - and yep, I'm sick of it too!
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago

Thieves. The full price is OK, but upgrades need to be cheaper.

I always love people who want something for nothing. People who don't value the work of others. $49 to update a program as powerful as Parallels is chump change. If it is too much for you, you don't need Parallels. People are entitled to be paid for their labors.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
Feels weird that we can now get a reactionary Siri competitor released 3 years later on our Mac before we can get the real thing...

If Apple thinks Siri isn't useful enough for desktop use, teach it new tricks so that it is. It doesn't have to be voice-only either, using Siri with text is fine just for the natural language bit. The new Spotlight in El Capitan is improved in that direction, but it could be so much more.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago
I guess at some point these guys are going to actually have to innovate on their own, now that Windows 10 is the "last version of Windows" to be released. All I can really remember since ~Parallels 5 is being compelled to upgrade for compatibility with the latest MS OS, not because there were any real features that I needed.
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago

I thought Parallels Desktop 10 already supports Windows 10 (without Cortana)?

It does, but Parallels' business model is only to support versions for 2 years, and to encourage annual updates by limiting full support to the latest version.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago
I'm been thinking about getting into the 'analyst' career field, so here's my official rumour prediction: Parallels has started working on Parallels 12 that will be released in approximately one year as a paid upgrade to bring support for Windows 10 on OS X 10.12.
Rating: 5 Votes

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