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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 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...]

Parallels Desktop 16 System Requirements and Supported Guest Operating Systems

The system requirements and supported guest operation systems (OSes) for Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac are fully detailed below. We encourage every potential or existing user to explore the requirements prior to downloading or purchasing Parallels® Desktop. Users may be pleasantly surprised at the incredible performance of Windows, … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop 16 Tech Guarantee

The Parallels team is excited to bring our users Parallels® Desktop 16 for Mac, which is packed with new features. Qualifying users who recently purchased a license to Parallels Desktop can upgrade to version 16 for free.  With the Parallels Desktop Tech Guarantee, users who purchased and registered a copy of Parallels Desktop 15 from the Parallels online store (parallels.com) or an … [Read more...]

More than Half of All Companies Use Mac – Parallels Survey

Today 55% of businesses use Mac devices themselves or explicitly approve of their use within the company. This was revealed by a recent study commissioned by Parallels based on a survey mainly among small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). The participants surveyed are evenly distributed across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, the health industry and civil … [Read more...]

macOS Catalina and Parallels Desktop Form a Dream Team for Business

Apple introduced a couple of features with macOS Catalina that make life easier not only for users—they can also help cut costs and increase productivity in businesses. Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac—the latest release of Parallels Desktop—is optimized for macOS Catalina (both as an operating system host and guest) and comes with a number of new features as well.  We would like to give you an … [Read more...]

Customer Success Story: Rapid Text Entry Using Parallels Desktop, Sidecar and an Apple Pencil

A Parallels Desktop Customer Success Story One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work at Parallels is the opportunity to interact with users of Parallels Desktop for Mac and see the truly innovative ways they’re using Windows apps on a Mac. I recently had the opportunity to see how a creative Parallels Desktop user—John Fahmy of Fahmia Inc., an accounting firm in southern … [Read more...]

How to Use Parallels Desktop with Sidecar: Windows on iPad

Since the advent of macOS Catalina, Apple users can use their iPad as a second computer screen for their Mac with the feature sidecar. This opens up completely new application areas and makes mobile computing flexible like never before. Anyone on the road with a MacBook and an iPad can use two screens to work productively.  Combined with Parallels Desktop 15, an iPad becomes a second … [Read more...]

Restrict Users to Change VM View Modes in Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition

Parallels Desktop TM for Mac Business Edition allows you to restrict users from changing view modes in a virtual machine (VM). You can set a custom password that users need to input to change the VM view mode. What are the virtual machine view modes in Parallels Desktop? Window mode: The VM screen displays as a separate window. Full-screen mode: The VM screen expands to occupy the whole … [Read more...]