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Develop & test across multiple OSes in a virtual machine for Mac
Access Microsoft Office for Windows and Internet Explorer
Fast—run Windows apps without slowing down your Mac
Quickly move files, apps and more from a PC to a Mac
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Whether you need to run Windows programs that don’t have Mac versions, or you are making the switch from PC to Mac and need to transfer your data, Parallels Desktop has you covered.

Seamless Use 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 & drag and drop files between Mac and Windows applications.
Easy Set-Up Parallels Desktop automatically detects what you need to get started so you are up and going within minutes! If you need Windows, you’ll be prompted to Download and Install Windows 10 OR Choose your existing Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, or Boot Camp® installation.
Lightning Fast Graphic and resource-hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your Mac. Run the most demanding applications such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Visual Studio®, SketchUp® or AutoDesk Revit.
Choose your View Make Windows invisible while still using its applications in 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.
Over 7 Million Users and Praised by Experts

“It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up a Parallels PC than a real one. On my MacBook Air, I’m up and running in Windows six seconds after I double-click the Parallels icon.”David Pogue, The New York Times
“Of all the ways to run Windows on a Mac, Parallels Desktop is my favorite because it just works. It’s fast, it’s reliable, and there’s no need to futz about with confusing setting or convoluted setup processes.”Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet
“Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run both operating systems at the same time.”Larry Magid, Forbes
”Parallels Desktop is the easiest, fastest, and most tightly integrated app for running Windows apps or the Windows desktop in Apple OS X.”Edward Mendelson, PCMag.com
“The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like its trolling Apple.”Engadget
“The software has been iterating over a decade and now makes Windows feel like part of the macOS. You can also virtualize Linux, Android, and just about anything that runs on Intel chips including another instance of macOS—great for testing macOS Betas!”9to5Mac
Parallels Desktop for Mac Features
Office 365 IntegrationAllows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.
Works with Boot CampReuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Converting a virtual machine from Boot Camp is easy, just follow our installation assistant at startup.
Retina Display SupportSmart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.
One-Click TuningSelect productivity, games, design, software testing, or development and Parallels Desktop will optimize your VM settings and performance for you.
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.
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 ToolboxBonus with Subscription!Over 30 one-touch tools—clean your drive, take screenshots, download a video and more—all with just a single click.
Remote AccessBonus with Subscription!Remote access to your Mac from any iOS device, Android device or browser with Parallels Access®.
24/7 SupportPremium 24/7 phone, email and social support after activation.
See All Features(Note: Parallels Desktop Pro Edition includes all features of the Standard Edition.)(Note: Parallels Desktop Business Edition includes all features of the Standard and Pro Edition.)
Installation

Use Sign in with Apple for Parallels account registration and sign-in.
Download and install Windows 10 automatically in one click.
Activate Windows automatically by specifying a license key before installation.
Use Express Installation to fully automate Windows installation and user account setup.
Install virtual machines from an ISO image, app, USB, CD, or DVD.
Select automatically detected operating system installers from Downloads and Desktop folders.
Use automatic Parallels Tools installation for many operating systems.
Easily configure Windows for Productivity or Gaming.
Use Windows from Boot Camp in a virtual machine.
Import Boot Camp into a standalone virtual machine.
Migrate Windows from PC to a virtual machine.
Download Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, CentOS Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Mint Linux, and Android virtual machines.
Download a ready-to-go Windows 10 virtual machine with Legacy Edge app.
Install macOS into a virtual machine from Recovery Partition.
Import VMware, VirtualBox, and Hyper-V (VHD only) virtual machines.
Onboarding

Download a full-featured free 14-day trial of Parallels Desktop Pro Edition
Purchase Windows 10 directly from Parallels Desktop.
Learn about basic Parallels Desktop features upon completing Windows installation.
Learn about Coherence view mode upon first entering.
Learn about working with Shared Profile folders when deleting Mac files from Windows.
Use Parallels Desktop Help to learn more about application features.
General

Run Windows and other virtual machines using native macOS virtualization on macOS Big Sur and later (with no additional kernel extensions).
Use up to 4 CPUs and 8GB of RAM for a virtual machine.
Boot a virtual machine from USB, network, or external disk.
Manage virtual machine’s boot order and devices.
Suspend and resume virtual machines for better productivity.
Create snapshots to save OS and disk states and revert to it later.
Save the current virtual machine state before reverting to a snapshot.
Automatically pause a virtual machine when it’s idle to save Mac resources.
Configure the time when a virtual machine gets paused.
Configure a virtual machine to always run in the background.
Configure a virtual machine to start when Parallels Desktop starts.
Appearance

Use a virtual machine in a window, full screen, or picture-in-picture modes.
Use all Mac displays when in full screen.
Show and hide Windows spaces on all displays simultaneously.
Optimize full screen for games.
Use Windows gamma settings when in full screen.
Configure opacity and always-on-top for the picture-in-picture mode.
Use Windows applications in Coherence view mode side-by-side with macOS apps.
Use Parallels Desktop in a dark theme.
Configure the virtual machine’s startup and shutdown behavior.
Monitor CPU, network, and disk activity on the virtual machine status bar.
Use Resource Monitor to track CPU and RAM usage for several virtual machines.
Use Free Up Disk Space wizard to manage disk space.
See what Mac folders are shared with Windows in File Explorer.
Show Windows applications in the Dock.
Show Dock icons in Coherence only.
Make Dock icons bounce to alert.
Graphics

Use a virtual machine with Retina-optimized high-DPI resolution.
Run DirectX 11 applications in Windows (powered by Apple Metal).
Run OpenGL 3 applications in Windows and Linux.
Run macOS Big Sur virtual machine with Apple Metal support (on macOS Big Sur host).
Use up to half of Windows RAM for video memory (hardware dependent).
Toggle high-performance graphics usage (discrete graphics card).
Integration

Use Windows in Travel Mode to extend MacBook battery life.
Schedule Windows maintenance for installing Windows updates.
Control Windows applications with special Touch Bar options.
Open Mac files using Windows applications.
Make Windows applications default for opening macOS files.
Use native Windows icons in macOS for executable files.
Open Windows applications from macOS.
Open macOS applications from Windows.
Drag and drop files and images between macOS and a virtual machine (Windows, Linux, macOS).
Drag and drop macOS screenshot preview to Windows apps.
Copy and Paste formatted text and files between macOS and a virtual machine (Windows, Linux, macOS).
Open web links from Windows in macOS browsers.
Use Windows email client as default on Mac.
Share macOS folders and disks with Windows.
Share Windows folders and disks with macOS.
Use macOS user profile folders as Windows user profile folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc.).
Share macOS network locations and volumes with Windows.
Use Windows apps on iPad with Sidecar using Apple Pencil.
Use synchronized time and time zones between Mac and Windows.
Use synchronized macOS location with Windows.
Use notification badge for the Outlook Dock icon to track unread emails.
Use Outlook notifications in macOS.
Attach recently- created Mac files to Outlook emails.
Open Microsoft Office files from the macOS browser in Windows Desktop apps.
Show Windows notification area on the Mac menu bar.
Allow Windows applications to enter the full screen automatically when running in the Coherence mode.
Share iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive macOS folders with Windows.
Use macOS Dictionary in Windows.
Use macOS Dictation in Windows.
Use macOS Quick Look in Windows.
Use macOS Special Characters in Windows.
Pin your contacts from Windows People Bar to macOS Dock.
Share Windows files using the macOS Share menu embedded in the Windows context menu.
Insert photos and documents from iPhone to Windows.
Send files from Finder to Windows email client.
Use synchronized macOS Do Not Disturb with Windows 10 Focus Assist.
Devices

Use all your Mac keyboard layouts in Windows automatically.
Use synchronized keyboard layout selection between macOS and Windows.
Customize keyboard shortcuts for virtual machines.
Use the mouse with seamless switching between macOS and Windows.
Optimize mouse and keyboard for games.
Use the smooth scrolling with Trackpad.
Use the smooth zoom and rotate gestures with TrackPad.
Use Trackpad with Force Touch and Pressure Sensitivity in Windows.
Use drawing tablets in Windows with full pen support (pressure, tilt, twist, erase).
Print from Windows using Mac printers with duplex printing and up to A0 paper size.
Synchronize the default printer between Mac and Windows.
Show macOS printing settings before printing from Windows.
Connect USB devices directly to a virtual machine.
Manage USB devices’ automatic connection to a running virtual machine.
Use a Mac web camera in Windows up to 4K resolution.
Use VoIP phones in Windows.
Use high-definition audio input/output in virtual machines.
Synchronize sound volume between macOS and Windows.
Share Bluetooth devices with Windows.
Connect Bluetooth devices to Windows using Simple Pairing.
Use expanding virtual disks to occupy as much disk space as the virtual machine uses.
Use real-time disk space optimization for Windows to optimize Mac disk space usage.
Automatically reclaim disk space on a virtual machine shutdown.
Resize virtual hard disks up to 2TB.
Add a virtual floppy device to a virtual machine.
Add a serial port device to a virtual machine.
Network

Use Shared network mode to share the Internet with a virtual machine.
Use Bridged network mode to connect any network adapter to a virtual machine.
Use Host-Only network mode to interconnect virtual machines in isolated networks.
Generate MAC address for Windows.
Security

Use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device in Windows 10.
Isolate a virtual machine from macOS.
Encrypt a virtual machine.
Restrict changing virtual machine state with the macOS admin password.
Restrict changing virtual machine configuration with the macOS admin password.
Restrict changing view mode with the macOS admin password.
Restrict managing snapshots with the macOS admin password.
Use Touch ID instead of manual passwords.
Support

Use a large variety of Knowledge Base articles to get quick help.
Use Facebook Messenger or Twitter to get quick help.
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