Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 10

On August 20, 2014

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Parallels just announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, this latest version of the hugely popular software that allows Mac users to run alternate operating systems like Windows or Linux in virtual environments on the Mac.

Current users will have received an email about the available upgrade, otherwise you can get it at New customers however will be forced to wait until Parallels Desktop 10 is made available for purchase starting Aug. 26th.

You can watch the video below for more information:

More about the updated features below:

The new Parallels 10 offers the following performance improvements:

  • Users can now open Windows documents up to 48% faster
  • Battery life is extended by up to 30% giving people additional work time when they need it most
  • Virtual machines use up-to 10 percent less Mac memory
  • New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50 percent faster
  • Virtual machine only takes as much disk space on the Mac hard drive as it needs. Real-time optimization automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodic manual compacts.
  • Free Disk Space Wizard allows to review and clean up space used by Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines

Getting started is now easier too:

  • Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimize their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development
  • The new Parallels Control Center is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place
  • Windows installation has been streamlined, with new ways to configure virtual machines
  • Regional settings from the Mac are now set by default in Windows virtual machines

Seamless integration for best user experience:

  • Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.
  • When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X Launchpad
  • The unread email indicator on Outlook lets users see at a glance the number of unread emails in Outlook, just like with Apple Mail
  • Users can drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the Dock to open in Windows
  • Users also have the ability to easily restore any setting to its default value by clicking the Restore Defaults button in the Virtual Machine Configuration window
  • Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machines