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As with previous versions of Parallels, users will have the flexibility to get up and running in minutes and bring files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more to your Mac. Switch between Mac and Windows applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac's dock, and use Mac gestures in your Windows applications. You can also use the Touch Bar with Windows, as well as copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop between Windows and Mac. Powerful performance lets you run common Windows applications such as Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server, PowerBI, AutoCAD, MetaTrader, and more, including classic Windows-only games.
Parallels Desktop 17 supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, Ubuntu, Boot Camp, and macOS 10.13 and later. You may also select your primary usage scenario, such as productivity or games, and Parallels Desktop will optimize performance for you. Allocate up to four virtual CPUs and 8GB of virtual memory per virtual machine. 24/7 premium support is included after product activation, as is Parallels Toolbox, with over 30 one-touch tools, such as cleaning your drive, taking screenshots, or downloading videos, all with a single click. Also included is Remote Access, which lets you access your Mac from an iOS device, Android device, or web browser with Parallels Access.
Fast, Powerful, and EasyRun thousands of Windows apps like Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Access, Quicken, QuickBooks, Visual Studio, and even graphic intensive games and CAD programs without compromising on performance or rebooting.
SeamlessUse Windows side-by-side with macOS (no restarting required) on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, or Mac Pro. Share files and folders, copy and paste images and text, and drag and drop files between Mac and Windows applications.
User-Friendly SetupParallels Desktop automatically detects what you need to get started so you are ready within minutes. If you need Windows, you'll be prompted to download and install Windows 10 or use your Boot Camp installation if you have an Intel-based Mac. You can also migrate your existing Windows or Linux, like Ubuntu installation on Intel-based Macs only.
Fast and EfficientGraphics- and resource-hungry Windows applications run without slowing down your Mac. Run applications such as Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server, PowerBI, AutoCAD, MetaTrader, and thousands more. Play your favorite classic Windows-only games on a Mac.
Choose Your ViewMake Windows invisible while still using its applications using Coherence Mode, or if you're new to Mac, you can set Windows to occupy your entire screen, so it looks just like it would if you were using a Windows PC.
FlexibilityWorks with Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, and macOS, so you won't have to choose between PC or Mac.
Touch BarWindows and popular applications feature Mac Touch Bar integration in Parallels Desktop. You get instant access to relevant actions and can customize things for your needs.
Works with Boot CampReuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Using Boot Camp in Parallels Desktop virtual machine is as easy as following the installation assistant at startup.
One-Click TuningSelect productivity or games and Parallels Desktop will optimize your VM settings and performance for you.
Office 365 IntegrationAllows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.
Retina Display SupportSmart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.
Instant AccessLaunch and access Windows applications right from the Mac Dock.
Save Disk SpaceGet the most out of your Mac with automatic Disk Space optimization and Free Up Disk Space assistant.
Volume License KeyUnified volume license key, centralized license management, and advanced security features are available in Parallels Desktop Business Edition.
Travel ModeExtend battery life while away from a power source.
Parallels ToolboxOver 30 one-touch tools let you clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video, and more, all with just a single click.
Remote AccessRemote access to your Mac from an iOS device, Android device, or browser with Parallels Access
24/7 SupportPremium 24/7 phone, email, and social support after activation.
What's New in Parallels Desktop 17
Next GenerationOptimized for Windows 11 and macOS Monterey, Parallels Desktop continues to stay up to date so you can keep working without interruption, even when a new macOS, Windows, or Linux release pops up.
macOS in a Virtual MachineIn collaboration with Apple, Parallels engineers created a prototype of a macOS Monterey virtual machine running on a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
Do More Than EverImproved drag-and-drop enables you to easily drop text and images into macOS Monterey Quick Note from Windows applications. Easily install macOS Monterey onto a virtual machine via Parallels Desktop 17 Installation Assistant.
Support for macOS MontereyParallels Desktop 17 supports macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur 11, macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.
New Parallels Desktop 17 FeaturesWindows 10 resumes faster, there is smooth Windows UI and video playback, enhanced integration, and new features for Apple's M1 chip Macs.
Reinvented for Apple M1 and Intel-Based Mac DevicesParallels Desktop for Mac has been rebuilt and optimized to natively run on Apple M1 and Intel based Mac devices, improving speed and performance. Windows 10 resumes up to 38% faster, Windows boots up to 33% faster on an M1 Mac, DirectX 11 is up to 28% faster, and disk performance is up to 20% better on M1 Macs.
Windows 10 Battery StatusWindows 10 now recognized battery status and enables battery saving when your Mac runs out of charge, so you can stay on longer.
Windows 10 PerformanceFaster Windows 10 disk performance makes the Windows performance even smoother.
Windows 10 SecurityThe virtual TPM chip enables Windows 10 and 11 to use BitLocker and Secure Boot for a higher level of data protection. You can even connect a USB fingerprint reader to work with Windows Hello.
Linux Sound SupportLinux users can now enjoy multichannel sound support and jack presence detection with native drivers.
Linux Dynamic ResolutionDesktop 17 with dynamic resolution support lets you resize the VM windows and Linux will automatically refresh the display the new resolution.
Enhanced Desktop, Video, and Gaming ExperienceImproved display driver in Parallels Desktop 17 delivers much smoother Windows UI responsiveness and synchronized video playback. In addition to performance improvements, the driver boosts frame rates in many Windows games for a greater gaming experience and provides better synchronization with the Mac display.
Enhanced Experience in Coherence ModeImprovements include a seamless end-to-end user experience with fewer distracting changes in appearance during Windows sign in, shut down, and software updates.
Seamlessly Drag and Drop Content Between Apps and OSesDrag and drop text or graphics between Mac and Windows applications, quickly and easily. On macOS Monterey, drag and drop any content from Windows apps to Quick Note as easily as from macOS apps.
Enhanced USB SupportSupport for USB 3.1 devices facilitates the connection of more super-speed storages, including Samsung T7 Touch, Pro Elite portable SSDs, and others. User-friendly USB device names in Parallels Desktop menu makes it easier to identify and select the desired USB device to connect to Windows.
Better Disk Space ControlRemain better informed of your Mac's resources and memory. Disk space used by Snapshots is now calculated in the updated Free Up Disk Space assistant.
Copy and Paste Unformatted TextEnjoy using the macOS shortcut "Shift+Option+Command+V" to paste unformatted text into your virtual machines, eliminating the extra steps it normally takes.
Enable Mac Option key to Work as AltGr in Windows 10With Parallels Desktop 17, you can now re-map AltGr to the Mac Option key to use the left Option key for entering accented language characters and special symbols.
Multi Monitor Support for LinuxYou can now use Linux virtual machine in full screen mode on multiple displays.
Automatically Optimize Virtual Machines for Peak PerformanceParallels Desktop 17 evaluates your hardware and automatically allocates the optimal number of resources for your virtual machines so that you get the best performance and experience possible.
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