With the popular Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac you’ll be able to faultlessly run Windows applications on a Mac without having to reboot. From basic productivity to graphic-intensive apps, you’ll enjoy powerful performance while using Mac OS X features in Windows applications.
Run Windows on your Mac
Side-by-side operating just got better with Parallels Desktop 9, which gives you a completely immersive and flexible environment for playing games or enjoying music and movies. It offers support for Retina displays, Surround Sound 7.1 and enhanced 3D graphics and rendering speeds.
As well as Windows 8, you can also run other operating systems in Desktop 9 for Mac, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Linux, and Google Chrome OS.
Versatile operating software
Retain the appealing looks and feel of Mac OS as you make Windows invisible whilst still using its applications. If you prefer the traditional Windows background and controls, these are still available, and neither layout compromises performance.
AERO graphics amply support Windows 7 and 8 plus older version of Windows, and Parallels Desktop 9 is optimised for Mac OS X Mountain Lion – it will also be optimised for Mac OS X Mavericks.
Use features like Launchpad, Mission Control and gestures in Windows applications so they feel like they were created for Mac.
Coherence Mode hides the Windows desktop whilst Windows applications are displayed in the Mac Dock, so you can switch between them without having to use the Windows interface.
If no Windows apps are open, Parallels Desktop pauses and helps conserve system resource usage. The Parallels Compressor automatically compresses and defragments the virtual disk while you use the computer so performance stays on par.
Feel additional flexibility and reach with a series of new, enhanced features.
Ensure you don’t accidentally duplicate file locations using SkyDrive, iCloud, Photo Stream, Dropbox and Google Drive optimizations, making the most of our storage space. A real Windows Start menu is provided, and you can run Modern (Metro) apps in a separate window as opposed to full screen.
The improved Security Centre makes protecting data on your Mac and Windows virtual machine much easier. You’ll enjoy deeper integration between Mac and Windows, and with the Mac Dictionary you can now gesture to access the dictionary in Windows.
More impressive graphics and sound
With Parallels Desktop 9, you’ll enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows and Windows applications, giving you crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations.
Your Mac will also receive a more enhanced Windows 3D graphics experience, and the sofrware also delivers the fastest way to run the most graphics-intensive Windows programs and cross-platform Windows development applications. Use a broad range of design programmes and games with DirectX 9.0x/9Ex and support for Shader Model 3.
There’s support for Surround Sound 7.1 too, allowing to get wrapped up in your games, music and movies. This encapsulates Windows 7, XP and Vista, so you can use any external 7.1 USB or FireWire device in your Mac and the virtual machine at the same time.
Better display and system integrations
Stay current as Power Nap on a Retina Display Mac or MacBook Air updates Windows and your Windows apps. The Virtual Machine wizard lets you easily create new virtual machines, a particularly great feature if your Mac doesn’t have an optical drive.
If you’re using Windows in full screen mode and wish to connect with an external monitor, Parallells Desktop 9 remembers your settings and sets your Windows VM back into full screen mode on the remote screen. This full screen on demand feature makes presentations interruption-free by disabling screen savers on Mac and Windows, optimizing the full screen display and automatically adjusting resolution.
There’s also better Linux Guest integration, with shared applications, profiles and automatic Parallels Tools updates. Connect Thunderbolt and Firewire drives just like USB devices, and clearly monitor your Mac’s resources using the new Snapshots graphical view of the amount of Mac processor and memory used by the virtual machine.
Safer, more reliable performance
Parallels Desktop 9 provides better data security thanks to rapid virtual machine encryption with Intel® AES-NI. Your Windows programmes will all be securely encrypted. The software improves battery life, delivers up to 1 GB of video memory, enhanced security and much more for powerfully reliable overall performance and stability.
Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is an effective way to unite Mac and Windows operating systems on one machine.