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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...]

New in Parallels Desktop 16 – “Prepare for Transfer”

This post is part of a series about new features in Parallels Desktop 16.  Deploying a virtual machine (VM) can be cumbersome for two reasons:   It can be pretty large—sometimes 100s of gigabytes.   It is in a Macintosh-only file format.   The new feature, “Prepare for Transfer”, addresses both of these concerns, and it is a feature in the Parallels Desktop Pro … [Read more...]

New in Parallels Desktop 16 – Synchronized “Do Not Disturb”

This post is part of a series about new features in Parallels Desktop 16.  “I turned on ‘Do Not Disturb’, but I am still getting annoying alerts. Make them stop!”  For most people, the idea of running two operating systems at the same time is pretty strange. So, it is not surprising that when they change a setting in one operating system, they don’t even think about the other operating … [Read more...]

Can you install the macOS Big Sur public beta in a VM?

Can you install the macOS Big Sur public beta in a VM? Quick answer: Yes  The details: Now that Parallels Desktop 16 has been released, I am able to talk about this new version of Parallels Desktop that I have been using for about the last six months.  I was able to install the macOS Big Sur public beta in a VM. In fact, this is my preferred way to test out a new OS that is … [Read more...]

Just Released! Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac

It’s finally here! We’re so excited to introduce a new version of Parallels® Desktop: Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac.   With Parallels Desktop, you can run Windows, Linux and other popular operating systems on your Mac without rebooting. For 14 years, we’ve been the #1 solution for over 7 million users worldwide.  Learn more about the hottest new features in Parallels … [Read more...]