Parallels Desktop is a software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. On this Tuesday the vendor officially announces the release of Parallels 14 for Mac, a major update that brings support for macOS Mojave.
Parallels Desktop 14 is now compatible with macOS Mojave to run Windows 10 virtual machine. Dark Mode and Quick Look have been supported in the 14th version. Support for additional Mojave features, which are currently in development, will be tested, finalized and introduced around the forthcoming public release of Mojave.
The latest version of Parallels Desktop also adds a slew of new features and improvements, including significant storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels Toolbox for Windows or Mac.
“With Parallels Desktop 14, we’ve taken those to the next level by focusing on graphics and storage, allowing customers to save as much as 20 GB of disk space while enjoying the best-ever performance,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. “Personal productivity enhancements include more Windows features available on Mac devices. Touch Bar support for Windows applications—such as OneNote or Quicken—enables customers to add their favorite applications to the Mac Touch Bar so their shortcuts are at their fingertips.”
Enhanced storage optimization may be one of the attractive changes in Desktop 14. Newly engineered storage optimization can result in significant disk space savings. Parallels Desktop itself is approximately 20 to 30 percent smaller than it predecessor, and saving memory states with the Snapshots tool take about 15 percent less space. A new Free Up Disk Space dialog will offer suggestions on how to best utilize space, like resuming virtual machines, managing VM snapshots and reclaiming disk space.
Other significant performance improvements include up to 10 percent faster boot time, 80 percent faster application launch, and 30 percent faster suspend operation on APFS partition, compared to Parallels Desktop 13. Besides, Desktop 14 now support 4K cameras in virtual machines and improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics. Users can get a better frames rate in Shared Camera and Coherence view mode.
Screenshot Page, Free Memory and resizing images in batches are the new tools included in Parallels Toolbox. More than 30 utilities are added in the toolbox.
In addition, Parallels Desktop 14 customers can now use Microsoft Ink to edit Microsoft Office for Windows documents on a Mac, including pressure-sensitive support in applications such as PowerPoint, Microsoft Edge, CorelDRAW, Fresh Paint, Leonardo, openCanvas and Photoshop for Windows. Desktop 14 also adds the preconfigured Touch Bar sets for Microsoft Visio, OneNote, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Revit, Quicken, QuickBooks and Visual Studio, and the Parallels Desktop Touch Bar Wizard helps users to customize the Touch Bar for other Windows apps.
Parallels Desktop 14 are now available to download in the official site. It will charge $100 for a perpetual license or $80 for an annual subscription. Existing Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 users can upgrade to the latest version for $49.99 per year.
Before you pay for this app online or at local retail worldwide, you can download the free 14-day full-featured trial to consider whether the cost is worthy. And if you don’t want to keep it after the trial, make sure to uninstall Parallels Desktop properly.