Deals Spotlight: Buy or Upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 and Get 10 Mac Apps for Free

Parallels this week debuted a new promo bundle for both new and current users, offering a chance to buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14, and then get ten other Mac apps for free. New owners can purchase Parallels Desktop 14 for $79.99, and existing users can upgrade to the new software for $49.99 (both prices represent Home & Student use).

With these purchases you'll gain access to the following ten Mac apps for free (note that some of the apps are one-year subscriptions and not lifetime licenses):
  • 1Password Families ($60 value) - Securely store you and your family's most needed passwords.
  • Pocket Premium ($45 value) - Save articles to read later with a permanent archive, unlimited storage, and no ads.
  • Painter Essentials 6 ($50 value) - Create blank canvas and photo art creations using realistic art tools.
  • Acronis True Image 2019 Cyber Protection Premium ($100 value) - Securely backup your personal information with 1TB of cloud storage.
  • PDF Expert 2.4 ($80 value) - Modify text, change images, create hyperlinks in PDF documents, and more.
  • WinZip Mac 6.5 Pro ($50 value) - Zip and unzip large files instantly with simple drag-and-drop controls.
  • Parallels Toolbox ($20 value) - A toolbox of useful features like password protecting files, file copying to iPhone, screen recordings, and more.
  • Parallels Access ($20 value) - Access all of your Mac's apps and files from your iPhone.
  • TrackOFF ($60 value) - Protect your data from invasive online tracking.
  • Cylance Smart Antivirus ($69 value) - Detects and prevents malware attacks on your Mac.
Parallels Desktop 14 itself is software that allows users to switch between Mac and Windows without needing to restart their computer. This allows for easy sharing of files and folders between Mac and Windows applications, seamless access to Windows apps on Mac, and more.

The Parallels promo bundle will be live for the next week, expiring on the evening of Thursday, February 28. If you're interested, head to the Parallels website to check out more information about each app in the bundle, and place your order before the end of the month.

For more information on this week's sales, head to our full Deals Roundup.

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4 weeks ago
Sorry, I’ll pass. This company has a business model that is akin to robbery. I tried their program but frankly the constant minor upgrades with minimal improvements was too expensive. Plus, the constant major upgrades where full price was charged, again with minimal change, was a very expensive joke. The entire upgrade cycle seems designed to maximize income.
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4 weeks ago
I switched to VMWare. Not much difference for home use but Parallels makes you buy a license for each machine. I can use VM on my iMac and laptop with the same license.
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4 weeks ago

Sorry, I’ll pass. This company has a business model that is akin to robbery. I tried their program but frankly the constant minor upgrades with minimal improvements was too expensive. Plus, the constant major upgrades where full price was charged, again with minimal change, was a very expensive joke. .


They do paid upgrades once a year. And it's discounted if you have a prior version. And they aren't required.

The entire upgrade cycle seems designed to maximize income


Of course it is. They aren't running a charity. It's a quality piece of software that a lot of people need to get their work done (myself included). They can't keep the doors open if they are giving the software away.
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4 weeks ago

Sorry, I’ll pass. This company has a business model that is akin to robbery. I tried their program but frankly the constant minor upgrades with minimal improvements was too expensive. Plus, the constant major upgrades where full price was charged, again with minimal change, was a very expensive joke. The entire upgrade cycle seems designed to maximize income.

You had the option, of your own volition, to upgrade or not. You not liking the fact that the company charges for updates, even though the product still runs Windows well (in most cases) without upgrading each time, is not akin to robbery. Not even close.

Don't know how your post got 6 votes, because you and the other 6 people who voted need to look upon the correct usage of the word robbery.
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4 weeks ago
The big reason I moved away from Parallels was because the yearly major version update that more or less coincided with a new major macOS version, and Parallels would not work well with the new macOS version if you don't do the paid update. If you skip a year, it might still work, but by year two or three, it might not work at all. So you had to pay Parallels every one (or two, if you can manage) year if you wanted to keep using it on the latest macOS version. It was essentially a subscription model.

I wonder if this is still the case. If not, I might consider going back.
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4 weeks ago

I'm also curious as running a Windows 10 instance in VirtualBox was slower than ****. Is Parallels or VMWare any faster?

Parallels is fast.
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4 weeks ago

You had the option, of your own volition, to upgrade or not. You not liking the fact that the company charges for updates, even though the product still runs Windows well (in most cases) without upgrading each time, is not akin to robbery. Not even close.

Don't know how your post got 6 votes, because you and the other 6 people who voted need to look upon the correct usage of the word robbery.


I will not speak on his behalf but there was a version of parallels a few years ago , I believe it was 12, that was marketed as having insane improvements to graphics performance where in their promo materials the game overwatch was played without issue on a macbook pro. At the time I had a 2015 Mbp with 370x graphics which was the more expensive model. I purchased the upgrade solely for the purpose of not wanting to dual boot every time I wanted to play overwatch. It performed horribly. Areas of the game not loading, very low fps and input latency. Literally unplayable.

Each year they release a new upgrade claiming 40% speed improvements which are simply unrealistic. And they constantly market to you if you don't upgrade. It might not be robbery but it's misleading at best.

I know you'll probably have a reply defending the company, but I've moved on a few years ago to virtualbox and couldn't be happier.
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4 weeks ago

Does anyone know how the 1Password account is delivered? I just bought 1Password a month ago, but this wouldn't be a bad deal if I could redeem it later or stack it onto the existing time I've already paid for.


1Password offer is only good for new users. :( As a long time 1Password user, that was kind of disappointing!
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4 weeks ago

Yeah....that’s not a thing. There is a version that’s $99/year, but it’s the pro version meant for developers. The basic version is either $79 outright or $49 for an upgrade.

I don’t see that. This ('https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/pro/#compare') page says you need the subscription pro version to get “Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications”. I don’t consider that a feature exclusive for developers. I would expect an $80 utility to support custom Touch Bar controls. I can’t think of any reason for this being a pro feature other than to get people to move to the subscription option.

That said, there is no reason for developers or professionals to subscribe to software either.
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4 weeks ago

I might go back to needing a virtualization software. The additional applications in offer look nice, but I already have the ones that I want.

So which one is better nowadays? Parallels or VMWare?


I'm also curious as running a Windows 10 instance in VirtualBox was slower than ****. Is Parallels or VMWare any faster?
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