Parallels Desktop 10 Update Brings Windows 10 Technical Preview to Macs

Parallels today announced an update to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, the company's software for running non-Apple operating systems safely on a Mac. The new update brings "experimental support" for Windows 10 and Office Preview for Windows 10 - including the expected Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs - into Apple's OS X Yosemite ecosystem.

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With the update available as a download within the Parallels Desktop app for existing users, the company promises the Mac-based Windows 10 experience will provide users with "everything Windows 10 has to offer." This includes everything from the new Start menu, Photos, Maps app, and Cortana, to the Windows Store beta which offers Office Preview for Windows 10, all available without having to erase the existing functioning operating system.
“Parallels Desktop enjoys very strong support among software developers and IT pros. We are happy to deliver all the tools they need to quickly and safely test or run the latest OS and applications, now including the Windows 10 Technical Preview,” said Parallels president Jack Zubarev.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available to download for $79.99, with a Student Edition coming in at $39.99. Similarly, users upgrading from existing Parallels Desktop versions, like 8 or 9, can get a discount for version 10, with upgrade pricing set at $49.99. A two-week free trial is available to anyone who wants to try out the program's features, including the new technical preview of Windows 10, for a limited time frame.



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55 months ago
I stopped using Parallels after version 7 - the business model of "if you upgrade your OS, your current app will stop working" became old very quickly. Switched to VMWare, and it actually runs better I think.
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55 months ago
This will work great right up until Windows 10 actually launches, then Parallels will require you to purchase Parallels 11 to get Windows 10 support.
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55 months ago

I stopped using Parallels after version 7 - the business model of "if you upgrade your OS, your current app will stop working" became old very quickly. Switched to VMWare, and it actually runs better I think.



I've owned Parallels 4,5,6,7 and 8. After that I've stopped upgrading for the same reason as you have.

1. They offer upgrade pricing.

2. Software developers need to eat too.


I agree that developers have to eat too. I am also a developer.
But in case of Parallels this simply isn't that simple. First off, you buy their product. Then there is no support what so ever. I personally saw lots of forum topics being deleted for no reason what so ever, and opening a ticket just to get it unanswered and closed...

Developers have to eat. You are right. But in this case they are being unfair to their paying customers, and just plain money grabbers. Parallels has got a lot of customers, so they think they can treat them as they please.

I've stopped buying their product coz of that.
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55 months ago
Ive had it since launch and it had an installer for the tech preview.... whats new?
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55 months ago

I stopped using Parallels after version 7 - the business model of "if you upgrade your OS, your current app will stop working" became old very quickly. Switched to VMWare, and it actually runs better I think.


I still run Parallels 7 on Yosemite, including running the Windows 10 Preview in it.

It runs just fine - it just complains "THIS WON'T WORK!" every time it launches. But it works fine.
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55 months ago
The title is so misleading, in the sense that Parallels would be the first software that brought Win 10 virtualisation to OS X. :p You can use VirtualBox all day long, and it's FREE as in FREE BEER. :cool:
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55 months ago
Parallels update model is based on OS releases not features. :rolleyes:

New version of OSX? Now you need a new version of Parallels! Pay to update, even though the version you are running is only a year old!

New version of Windows? See above!

Instead of just updating the product to work, they have a paid upgrade every year, mainly because of OSX.
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55 months ago

Thanks, I had not checked into their pricing model yet. I will have to contemplate next steps. I have no problem paying for worthy upgrades, but these are getting a bit ludicrous.


It sounds like both applications have the exact same fleecing model that consists of yearly paid upgrades with no obvious new features. The last time I checked the VMWare Fusion forums, the questions about performance issues had not been answered, although in one particular instance a user with thousands of posts told the thread starter that he should have used the free trial of VMF 7 to check for performance issues beforehand and because he didn't do that, he should not be complaining. That left a sour taste in my mouth, even though the user did not appear to be a VMWare employee.
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55 months ago
Been running the tech preview on VMware 6 since September. Why is this news?
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55 months ago

1. They offer upgrade pricing.

2. Software developers need to eat too.


I'm a programmer myself so I tend to be the guy making these same points, but Parallels really bangs the paid upgrade drum more often than I feel is fair. The upgraded product isn't always much of an improvement either. In my case, I wish I had not upgraded to Parallels 10.

Parallels made a lot of suggestions to the point that Yosemite would break Parallels 9 and you really needed to upgrade Parallels if you expected to continue using Parallels. Quite the contrary, I only had problems with Yosemite after I upgraded to Parallels 10 and Parallels 10 not only gave me no noticable improvement, it corrupted my Windows 7 and Windows 8 VM when attempting to upgrade. It killed both of them.

Luckily I had backups, but as soon as I ported them over to Parallels 10... yup, kaboom.

I'd have no complaint paying what they want if their software worked as well as they claim it does. Now I'd just be happy if their new product didn't destroy my VMs.
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