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Parallels Desktop and macOS Big Sur

Apple has at last released macOS Big Sur! First previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020, and then finally released to the world in November 2020, macOS Big Sur has had the longest beta development cycle of any macOS release in recent history.  The silver lining: engineers at Parallels® used this time to work in lockstep with their Apple counterparts in an effort … [Read more...]

How to Manage the Hard Drive on your Mac with these Tools

One of my many character flaws is that I am a bit of a digital hoarder. I follow the advice given to me many years ago: “If you don’t have three copies of a digital file – each on a separate drive – then you don’t really care about losing it.” Great advice that has saved me many times, but I do tend to fill up hard drives pretty often. (By “hard drives” I mean any place that you can store files: … [Read more...]

Cortana now reads all my email – and I’m fine with it!

In June 2020, I began receiving some strange-looking emails. The sender clearly had access to most, if not all, of my emails, and her name was “Cortana”. I thought my email account had been hacked by someone with a strange sense of humor!  It turns out that I had not been hacked, and that this was a new feature of Microsoft’s Cortana (of Halo fame), now promoted to the role of intelligent … [Read more...]

New to Parallels Desktop? Can you use a VM on an external drive?

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop.  Virtual machines for Parallels Desktop on your Mac can be pretty large. Even a basic install of Windows 10 with Office for Windows will take up more than 21GBs on your Mac’s internal drive. Now, if you use that VM every day, that is not an unreasonable storage commitment. But what about that macOS Mojave VM that you … [Read more...]

Emojis Revisited: Are Emojis really Cross-Platform?

In 2018 I examined how emojis are handled cross-platform. But the world of emojis is constantly changing with new Emojis being added and I am seeing their use increase. So, it seems to me that this is a good time to revisit the question “Are emojis really cross-platform?” When you use an emoji in a text message, a tweet, a Facebook post, or in an email, what will the reader of your emoji … [Read more...]

How to Run the New Age of Empires III DE on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

I have written several times in the Parallels blog about my most favorite game franchise of all time: Age of Empires (Here, here, and here). Since Age of Empires is a Windows game, when I want to play it, I use a Windows virtual machine (VM) in Parallels Desktop – and that is why I write about Age of Empires here.  The last few years have seen a real resurgence in Age of Empires. (“There … [Read more...]

New to Parallels Desktop? Where to store your documents?

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop. With Parallels Desktop on your Mac, you effectively have two (or more!) computers. So, where should you store the documents you create or work on? In the Mac’s Documents folder? In the Documents folder in Windows 10? Someplace else? There are several choices, and each choice has its own set of advantages and … [Read more...]

New to Parallels Desktop? Coherence and other view modes reviewed.

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop.  While there are many experienced Parallels Desktop users, there are just as many new users. This blog post will give some tips to help the newer users get the most out of Parallels Desktop by using the view mode that will best fit their needs.  First, some framework. Running two (or more) operating systems at … [Read more...]

Using Zoom & Rotate gestures with Windows apps – a new feature in Parallels Desktop 16

This post is part of a series about new features in Parallels Desktop 16.  For users of Apple products, gestures are a natural and ubiquitous way to control applications. Whether first learned on the iPhone, the iPad, or a Mac, gestures are now a significant way to use apps, and most Mac apps support many different gestures. Windows apps, of course, don’t have built-in support for Apple … [Read more...]

Automatically Reclaim Disk Space” – a new feature in Parallels Desktop 16

This post is part of a series about new features in Parallels Desktop 16.  Parallels Desktop is like having a Windows PC inside your Mac. In some ways, it’s better – after all, can you drag & drop a file from your Mac to a PC? Nope! In other ways, it’s just different, and the virtual hard drive component of a Parallels … [Read more...]