Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Offers Speed and Storage Gains, macOS Mojave Support

Parallels today announced version 14 of its desktop virtualization software for Mac, offering macOS Mojave support out of the box and significantly improved application launch speeds over the previous version.

This update puts a heavy focus on enhanced storage optimization, with Parallels Desktop being around 20-30 percent smaller than earlier releases. The company says virtual machines can also save as much as 20GB of additional disk space depending on how they're configured.

Elsewhere, the developers have optimized the compression of memory states saved with the Snapshots tool, which takes on average 15 percent less storage space, while a new disk space wizard provides users with suggestions on how to economize storage, with advice on managing multiple virtual machines and VM snapshots.

In addition, Parallels 14 introduces several Windows features for use in macOS. For example, Microsoft Ink is now available for editing Office documents, and stylus support has been added to CorelDRAW, Fresh Paint, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Parallels Desktop also now includes Touch Bar features on compatible MacBook Pros for OneNote, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Microsoft Visio, and other apps, while a Touch Bar wizard offers users the ability to customize Windows app shortcuts from Apple's OLED function strip.

Lastly, Parallels Toolbox has received some additional Mac features including new options to screenshot entire web pages, resize images and perform memory consolidation functions.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is available from August 23. Existing Parallels 12 and 13 users can upgrade to the new version for $50. New users can sign up for an $80 a year subscription or make a one-time purchase of Parallels 14 for $100. Parallels Desktop 14 Pro Edition and Business Edition both cost $100 per year. Note that a Windows license is not included in the software and must be bought separately.

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19 months ago
[doublepost=1534846437][/doublepost]I've bought and used every release of Parallels since version 3 up to and including version 13. I've had problems over the years but on the whole it's been good enough and did what I needed, so a reasonably happy customer who then went off and deployed their Parallels Cloud Server software at my company on the basis of that.

I won't be upgrading to version 14 though. One area that Parallels desktop has fallen behind other similar products is on the licensing front. These days I don't do all my work on a single desktop computer, I want to be able to continue working on my MacBook when I'm not sat at my desk. To do this with Parallels desktop you need to buy multiple licenses or move the single license between computers which is both clunky and limited in that it will stop working if you make too many transfers.

Parallel's main competitor for this product is VMware Fusion, which is now more than good enough feature wise, but in addition VMware has worked out that the license should be associated with the person, not with a specific computer, presumably on the principle that I'm only working on one computer at once. So far Fusion is doing what I need and since it offers easy deployment of virtual images to their server software, guess what I'll be looking to deploy as new server software?
Rating: 17 Votes
19 months ago

Does it work to move from VM Ware Fusion to Parallels? I mean without setting up the VM again.

VMWare Fusion is better in my opinion.
Rating: 15 Votes
19 months ago
Every year they make a new verision when macos comes out its like they make people buy a new one all the time
Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago
And still no DirectX 12, or even DirectX 11, support :-(
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago

Why? Who else apart from Apple gives everyone a major software revision update for free? If you subscribe, you do get it for free.

It's not without its faults, but lets not make stuff up.

Since subscribing is not free, you are not getting anything free, so "lets not make stuff up".
Rating: 11 Votes
19 months ago
I'm waiting for Fusion to be updated. I never really cared for Parallels, from my experience it was too buggy. I prefer stability over performance. I'm not going to be playing any games in a virtual environment anyways
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
And they charge so much for existing users it should be a free upgrade
Rating: 9 Votes
19 months ago
Horrible buggy app, funny how it’s always faster and saves more memory. BS
Rating: 7 Votes
19 months ago
Since it is licensed per machine, I wish the subscription price was lower. I see it is getting harder for them each year to add new features. They are starting to run out of ideas. They do try to piggyback on any new MacOS feature that comes out as a major selling point.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago
Parallels suck. Overpriced for offering only partial Windows support.
I made the mistake of paying but 2 weeks after I canceled the renewal. I need to use mainly Linux and secondary Windows on VMs.

Their support is horrible and man they are pricey. I moved to VirtualBox since it's free, it gets updated more often and I don't use any graphic acceleration applications. They weren't capable to update their Parallels Tools installer for the latest kernel versions of Linux.

Maybe there are features others consider worth paying for but.... not me... fooled me once and its enough.
Rating: 6 Votes

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