Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac

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  • Overview

    Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is the fast, easy and powerful way to run Windows applications on your Mac - without rebooting. Easily switch between Mac and Windows apps. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications like Microsoft Office without compromise. Now includes Parallels Toolbox, making it easy to perform dozens of essential daily tasks on your Mac.

    Best of both worlds

    Run Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP and more side by side with macOS.

    Easy switch from PC to Mac

    The Parallels setup assistant makes it a breeze to bring all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks and more from your PC to your Mac.

    Install Windows 10

    Convenient, in-product purchase of Windows 10 dramatically simplifies getting started.

    Lightning fast

    Resource-hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your Mac, and Microsoft Office is faster than ever. Launch Windows applications right from the Dock. Use Mac gestures in Windows and copy and paste and drag and drop between Windows and Mac applications.

    Not just for Windows

    Run a wide array of operating systems including macOS, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, Google Chrome and others.

    Always-on Cortana

    Use Cortana, the Microsoft speech-enabled virtual assistant, even when Windows 10 is not the forefront application.

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac lets you quickly perform dozens of essential daily tasks on your Mac - at the low price of a single app. Take screenshots, secure private files with a password, convert Facebook or YouTube videos and much more. Whether you're a newcomer to Mac or a Mac pro, you'll appreciate this collection of well-designed tools and utilities.

    Versatile for home, office and school

    Whether you're a home user, a business professional, a student or a passionate gamer, the new Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac enables one Mac to handle all of your computing needs. Run the PC programs your work or school requires and the Mac applications you love. A Mac-based office can still run the business-critical PC applications that you, your customers and your partners need - and accessing Windows-based files for school or university just works.

    Highlights

    Switch from your PC to your Mac

    Run Windows and Mac applications side by side

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac to handle dozens of essential daily tasks

    Uncompromised performance

    Supports Windows 10 and is ready for macOS Sierra 10.12

    Boot Camp integration and optimisation; reuse your existing installations

    One-click tuning to optimise performance

    “New to Mac” videos to easily get you started

    Did You Notice?

    Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

    Apple Recommends For

    Seamlessly running Windows applications side by side on your Mac - without rebooting.

    What’s in the Box

    Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac license key-card

    Quick start guide

    Complimentary Mac and Windows security software trial subscriptions

    Tech Specs

    Internet Access: Some Features Require Internet Access

    Media: Activation Code & Download Link

    System Requirements

    Operating System: macOS v10.12, OS X v10.11.5, OS X v10.10.5 or later

    CPU: Intel-based Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor or faster

    Hard Drive: 850MB free hard-drive space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation. Additional disk space for virtual machines (SSD drives recommended for better performance).

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: PDFM12L-BX1-APL-NA

    UPC or EAN No.: 846829004887

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

  • 4.5 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Simply the best.

      I have been using Parallels since version 6 and it is by far the best way to run Windows or Linux operating systems with the minimum of fuss and greatest of eas I have been using Parallels since version 6 and it is by far the best way to run Windows or Linux operating systems with the minimum of fuss and greatest of ease of switching and sharing resources. It also means I can try out over systems and discard them without compromising the security of my iMac.%0D%0AWithout it I would either need to some other products which have not been satisfactory of maintain a separate PC with associated overheads and no sharing of resources. I still have a couple of programmes that are not compatible with Mac and even some web sites which don%5C%27t display properly so access to Windows is still a necessity.

      • Written by Anthony P from Holsworthy

      13 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Simply the best.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Parallels has raised the bar. Again!

      Over time, Parallels has grown from a somewhat buggy and, albeit, clunky "second behind the rest" hypervisor to a true First Class leader in the world of Deskto Over time, Parallels has grown from a somewhat buggy and, albeit, clunky "second behind the rest" hypervisor to a true First Class leader in the world of Desktop Virtualization...absolutely hands down! I'm a huge VMWare Server Virtualization guy so naturally you would think VMWare Fusion would be my first and only choice when it comes to Desktop Virtualization, right? Wrong! Parallels has constantly blown Fusion out of the water in almost every regard...and this is coming from a diehard VMWare "fanboy" (...yeah I said it. Lol!). The latest release of Parallels Desktop for Mac has hurdled over VMWare Fusion by leaps and bounds in performance, speed of VM load time and stability. I can leave my VMs open and running on my Mac full-time and not be concerned with degradation of performance of my Mac Host OS environment. I tried doing the same with Fusion and it drove me nuts with the effect it had on my OS. I am a proud user of Parallels Desktop for Mac and have seen their positive growth first hand. I look forward to their continued improvements and advancements in the Desktop Virtualization space and can't wait to see what they come with next.

      • Written by Mark B from Corona

      8 of 9 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Parallels has raised the bar. Again!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Windows 7 "just works" on my Mac

      I use Parallels Desktop each day to run Windows only engineering programs and some corporate web software that only runs on Internet Explorer. Using Coherence I use Parallels Desktop each day to run Windows only engineering programs and some corporate web software that only runs on Internet Explorer. Using Coherence view the experience is seamless and I can leave the Windows 7 virtual machine running most of the time even with only 8MB memory on my MacBook Pro. Parallels Desktop lets me do most of my work on my Mac where I want to be and in Windows when I have to be. I wouldn't be without it now.

      • Written by Tony G from Patterson Lakes

      7 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Windows 7 "just works" on my Mac

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Extremely limited product support.

      I continue to have an issue with installing Parallels 12 on to my system. I'm sure it's just something simple I'm missing but they have no means of contacting I continue to have an issue with installing Parallels 12 on to my system. I'm sure it's just something simple I'm missing but they have no means of contacting anyone directly to help. I tried Apple support and the third party provider they suggested with no luck. I have gone back to using Boot Camp. I'm not impressed and feel the purchase was a complete waste of money.

      • Written by Robert S from Kimberley

      Is this review useful?Extremely limited product support.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Superb piece of software

      If you want to make the jump from Windows to macOS but you still need essential Windows programs then fear not! Parallels Desktop is an excellent piece of softw If you want to make the jump from Windows to macOS but you still need essential Windows programs then fear not! Parallels Desktop is an excellent piece of software for the job. It allows you to run a virtual Windows machine within macOS and gives you the ability to run all of your Windows programs on your new Mac. You're able to independently allocate different hardware specs to the Windows machine (e.g: if your Mac has 16GB of RAM you could allocate just 8GB to Windows). I would definitely recommend this to anyone making the switch from Windows to macOS that needs to keep certain apps that are required for educational or business use for example. The only thing you need to have is the Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac software and a new Windows license key (which can be anything from Windows 7 up to Windows 10). The setup process is straightforward and allows the user to purchase a new license key for Windows during the setup process if the user doesn't already have one. I would highly recommend Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac.

      • Written by Alexander P from Norwich

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Superb piece of software

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      v12 is a DOWNGRADE from v11

      V12 is a downgrade and they even make you pay for it. After upgrading, it tells me i cannot allocate more than 4 CPUs and 8 GB RAM to a VM. I did that in V11. V12 is a downgrade and they even make you pay for it. After upgrading, it tells me i cannot allocate more than 4 CPUs and 8 GB RAM to a VM. I did that in V11. And it worked fine. Now you need to buy the pro version to unlock this which comes with a yearly subscription fee. Are you kidding? Going with VMWARE FUSION now!

      • Written by Philipp S from Hohenems

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?v12 is a DOWNGRADE from v11

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