Parallels Desktop 10 for the Mac is now shipping. As is the custom, Parallels has added some excellent features that make the new version compelling and the upgrade price worthwhile.
Throughout the years, The Mac Observer has reviewed and posted detailed news about Parallels Desktop. For example, version 9 review, version 9 benchmarks, version 8 news, version 8 benchmarks, and version 7 review.
What I've observed is that Parallels has always been able to make its upgrades compelling. In part, that's because there is so much to do and there are so many opportunities with this technology. Also, these guys are virtual machine experts and employ most of the world's talent with VMs. Another contributor is that customers who press various virtual machines into service on their Macs do so much and encounter so many scenarios that they can provide plentiful feedback on what they want in the next version. Parallels then just does it.
As with OS X, there is a list of features created by the developer, and then there are notable features that are compelling and destined to be a signature feature of a release.
It makes sense to list all the new features of Parallels Desktop 10 (PD10) for the record, but later in this review I'll focus on those things that stood out for me and could also be readily tested in Mavericks.
Features of Interest for the everyday user are listed here. There are also some new features for developers, designers and IT pros that I'll leave to the official press release. The wording of the next three sections is from Parallels.
Performance and Optimization
- Users can now open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster
- Battery life is extended by up to 30 percent 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
Easy to Get Started
- 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
Next: Favorite New Features.