Windows, but on a Mac. Gizmodo A new version of Windows virtualization tool Parallels is out, bringing with it support for upcoming macOS Catalina features, amongst other improvements. Is it still the best way to run the Windows OS on an Apple computer? For the completely uninitiated, Parallels has been putting Windows on Macs since This virtual machine approach also means you can quickly jump between macOS and Windows without rebooting each time, as you would on a classic dual-boot system.
Parallels says 3D graphics rendering is sped up by as much as 15 percent by the change. Less demanding Microsoft Office apps should load up some 80 percent faster, too, so you can get at your spreadsheets in record time. Parallels is simple enough for beginners but offers plenty of more advanced settings too.
This means you can beam Windows over to an iPad and even use an Apple Pencil with it. Alongside a host of other little tweaks, you can now drag images straight into Windows from stock Mac apps like Safari and Photos.
Accessing your macOS files from Windows is easier than you. Gizmodo Advertisement So, is it worth it? If you need to run Windows or Windows apps on your Mac, the answer is still yes, with caveats. Over 13 years and 15 editions, Parallels has grown increasingly slick and stable. The software is peppered with helpful touches throughout.
For example, you can share desktop shortcuts and folders across Windows and macOS, copy and paste between the two OSes, or launch Windows applications from the Mac Touch Bar. You get plenty of control over the resources your virtual machine is allowed to use too. Gaming is an area where Parallels still struggles. Gizmodo Advertisement Some issues remain though. Parallels specifically mentions Fallout 4 as one of the games that benefits from the new DirectX 11 support.
Not yet anyway. Advertisement There are other virtualization options too. VMware Fusion is a popular choice for IT professionals. VirtualBox is free though Windows will still cost you , but requires more time and effort to get up and running, and more technical know-how once you are.
Like Parallels, Boot Camp has its advantages and disadvantages. When you just need occasional access to one app or just need to switch to Windows for a few minutes at a time, rebooting can get very frustrating very quickly.
Ultimately Parallels is easier, smarter, more convenient, and faster than ever. Share This Story.
Historical[ edit ] Released on June 15, , it was the first software product to bring mainstream virtualization to Macintosh computers utilizing the Apple—Intel architecture earlier software products ran PC software in an emulated environment. Parallels agreed: Each virtual machine thus operates identically to a standalone computer, with virtually all the resources of a physical computer.
For example, a running virtual machine can be stopped, copied to another physical computer, and restarted. Version 2. This version also allowed users to boot their existing Boot Camp Windows XP partitions, which eliminated the need to have multiple Windows installations on their Mac.
Netsys lawsuit[ edit ] This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Additionally, the lawsuit claimed that Parallels Desktop 2. Version 3. Support for DirectX 8. Parallels Explorer was introduced, which allows the user to browse their Windows system files in Mac OS X without actually launching Windows. A new snapshot feature was included, allowing one to restore their virtual machine environment to a previous state in case of issues.
Further, Parallels added a security manager to limit the amount of interaction between the Windows and Mac OS X installations. A Parallels, Inc. Also, SCSI support has not been implemented. Build , released on July 17, ,  added an imaging tool which allowed users to add capacity to their virtual disks. Further, Parallels' Image Tool was updated to allow one to change their virtual hard disk format between plain and expanding. Parallels Explorer was updated to allow for one to automatically mount an offline VM hard drive to the Mac desktop.
Some new features added are iPhone support in Windows, allowing iTunes in Windows to sync with it. Parallels released the modified source code on July 2, , about 2 weeks after the promised release date. Parallels Desktop 4. A fourth viewing mode called Modality,  which allows users to scale the size of an active guest operating system on the Mac's desktop A new screenshot utility called Clips, which lets users take and share screenshots between the host and the guest operating systems.
The ability to use select voice commands  to remotely control the virtual machine. The ability to start and stop a virtual machine via the iPhone. Requires installing an iPhone application from Apple's AppStore. Starting with the Version 4. Feature update[ edit ] Build , released January 9, ,  includes performance enhancements and features, such as DirectX 9. Windows can now also automatically start in the background when a user opens a Windows application on the Mac desktop. Version 4.
Version 5[ edit ] Officially released on November 4, , Parallels Desktop 5 adds several new features, mainly to improve integration with the host OS. New features include: Support for DirectX 9c with Shader Model 3. Build , released on December 21, , added some new features.
Windows guest operating systems[ edit ] Improved resume from suspend in virtual machines with multiple monitors assigned. Improved performance for file access via Shared Folders. You can configure these settings using the corresponding option in the virtual machine video configuration page.
Improved 3D performance for the video game Mirror's Edge. To do so, enable the "Select boot device on startup" option in the virtual machine configuration, which will enable you to specify the necessary kernel options in the 5-second timeout before booting the kernel.
Version 6[ edit ] Officially announced on September 9, and launched on September 14, , Parallel 6 has full bit support for the first time. These include: