Over the years, the big knock on OS X was that it lacked the software availability that Windows had. While Apple's operating system has made huge gains, Windows is still the software leader -- especially for business. When Parallels was released in 2006, it solved a problem for many Apple users; it allowed them to run Windows on their Mac.
Today is the latter’s turn to release Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, the latest version of its powerful virtualization app which now supports Windows 8. Unlike VMware Fusion 6, Parallels 9 lets.
Today, Parallels announces version 9 of its virtualization software. 'Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac customers will enjoy peace of mind knowing that Parallels keeps pace with and supports leading new technologies, such as the upcoming OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1 and increasingly popular cloud services', says CEO Birger Steen.
- Download Windows 10 and Install it in Parallels Desktop. There, and if you are on OS X, well the site will tell you that your machine is not compatible with Windows 10. Be reassured, however, because you will find a link which will take you to another page offering all the images of the system.
- Has released Parallels Desktop 9.0.86, a new version of the company’s powerful virtualization solution for Mac users with enhanced support for OS X Mavericks hosts.
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The company lists the following top new features:
- Support for cloud services -- Sync iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive etc., with your Mac and your Windows virtual machine without unnecessary duplication of files locally
- Enhanced Windows 8 and 8.1 support -- Parallels Desktop brings back the real Start menu and lets customers use Metro apps in a window instead of full screen
- Security Center -- Easily access and install complimentary security software subscriptions to keep the Mac and Windows virtual machines safe from viruses and malware, all from one location
- Enhanced new Virtual Machine Wizard -- It is easier than ever to set up a new virtual machine, especially on computers that don’t have DVD drives
- Power Nap support -- On a Retina MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, the Power Nap feature now extends to Windows and Windows apps, so virtual machines and all Windows applications are always up-to-date
- Mac gestures inside Windows apps -- Parallels Desktop now includes the addition of the Dictionary lookup gesture in Windows applications
- Thunderbolt and Firewire storage device support -- For convenience of everyday use, customers can connect those devices directly to a Windows virtual machine
- PDF printer for Windows -- Lets people print from any Windows application to a PDF on the Mac desktop, even if the application doesn’t have that functionality
- Sticky multi-monitor setup -- When using Windows in Full Screen mode and connecting to an external monitor, Parallels Desktop will remember settings and put the Windows virtual machine back in full screen mode on the remote monitor
- Custom keyboard -- Editable keyboard shortcuts help customize the Windows experience
- Linux guest integration -- Parallels Desktop customers who use Linux now have additional and enhanced integration with the Mac OS
Yes, you read that right -- Parallels is bringing back the start-button and menu. In other words, a Mac user may have a better out-of-the-box Windows 8 experience than a PC user; a sad state of affairs.
Download trainer resident evil 5 pc dx9 15.6. Parallels Desktop 9 buyers will also be treated to free limited access to the new Parallel Access app for iPad.
'Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac customers also get an exclusive six-month subscription to the just-released and critically acclaimed Parallels Access for iPad, a breakthrough product for people on-the-go that 'applifies' Windows and Mac applications on a PC or Mac, letting customers remotely access and experience them as if they were made for iPad', says the company.
I have been testing the trial-version of Parallels 8, the previous version, on my Hackintosh with great results. I am no stranger to virtualization software such as VMware and Virtualbox. While those programs are good, Parallels on a Mac is in a class of its own. It is simply awe-inspiring to see the tight integration between Windows and Mac in a single environment.
Between Windows 8.1, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7, it seems the stars are beginning to align for Parallels 9 when it is released on September 5th. However, current users of Parallels 8 can upgrade now here.
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Guest blog by Manoj Raghu, Parallels Support Team
Need a better performing virtual machine? Do you work on the Windows side more often than on the Mac? Let me guide you through a few built-in settings in Parallels Desktop that will have a positive impact on your VM performance.
Using Optimizationsettings, you can:
- Balance the resources between either Mac OS X applications or Windows programs
- Tune Windows for better performance or add more graphical features
- Optimize your computer for better battery life or higher performance
- Conserve disk space
To access Optimizationsettings, Option-click (Alt-click) the Parallels icon in the upper right menu bar, select Configureand go toOptions→Optimization. Alternatively, you can use any of the methods outlined in this KB article.
Now let me go through each optimization option in more detail.
Optimize Virtual Machine Performance for Mac OS X Applications or Windows Programs
You can choose one of the following options from the Performancemenu:
- Faster virtual machine: More of your Mac resources will be dedicated to Windows. The performance of Windows programs may be increased significantly, but there will be less resources available for the Mac applications.
- Faster Mac: More of your Mac resources will be dedicated to Mac OS X. The performance of Mac OS X applications (while you run your VM) may increase and Windows programs may slow down.
To set Parallels Desktop to automatically optimize performance for Mac OS X or Windows depending on which application or program you’re working with at the moment, you can Enable Adaptive Hypervisor. When you’re using a Windows program, more resources are given to Windows, and when you’re using a Mac OS X application, more resources are given to Mac OS X. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
Tune Windows for Better Performance
For this feature, all you need to do is to select the Tune Windows for speedoption.
Some Windows features that tend to slow down performance, such as animations during startup, will be disabled.
Optimize Your MacBook for Longer Battery Life or Higher Performance
The Powermenu contains the power and performance related options:
- Longer battery life. If you have a portable Mac that you often use unplugged, you can choose this option to lower down power consumption. This may slightly reduce Windows performance.
- Better performance: This option (selected by default) maximizes Windows performance, but uses more power.
Automatically Conserve Disk Space
In most cases, the space that Windows takes up on your hard disk expands as you add files and other data. But what happens when you remove data? Select Real time virtual disk optimization to set Parallels Desktop to automatically reduce disk space as you delete files.
Congratulations! You’ve just optimized your VM!
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If you still think your VM isn’t fast enough, check out this blog post we wrote about virtual machine myths, which has more information about VM performance enhancement.
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