Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is now available and it supports Windows 10 integration with Cortana.
Besides Windows 10 integration, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac offers lots of speed performance improvements over the previous versions such as:
- Windows launch and shutdown is up to 50 percent faster
- File operations inside of Windows are improved by up to 20 percent
- Virtual machine suspend is up to 20 percent faster
- Travel Mode can increase battery life up to 25 percent
- Improved network performance
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac now comes with two new subscription based edition. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition (previously known as the Enterprise Edition).
|Prices||Parallels Desktop 11
|Parallels Desktop 11
for Mac Pro Edition
|Parallels Desktop 11
for Mac Business Edition
|Upgrade||S$68||S$68/year (first year only)||N/A|
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac
You can get Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac online at parallels.com/desktop, or at local retailers like Challenger, EpiCentre, Harvey Norman, iStudio, NuBox and other Apple resellers in Singapore. The recommended retail price (RRP) for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is S$108. If you are already using Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac, you can just get the upgrade version for S$68.
- Always on Cortana enables customers to use Microsoft’s virtual assistant with Mac applications, even when Windows 10 is not the forefront application
- Travel Mode extends the battery life by up to 25 percent by temporarily shutting off select resources that drain power
- New Force Touch gesture support enables a quick preview of files with Quick Look or the ability to look up the definition of an unknown word
- Improved Mac Window Controls include a new Coherence mode button
- Most recently used files list now can be viewed on the Mac regardless of where those files are stored: on the Mac, in a virtual machine, in the cloud or on a file server
- New easy printing with all Mac printer options support saves time with an intuitive solution for OS X users
- “New Item” support for creation of new files in Windows apps including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word
- Now users can easily cancel time-consuming virtual machine actions
- Mac location services are now available to Windows applications
- Automatic synchronization of the volume setting of a virtual machine with that of the Mac
- Enhanced file associations with smart notification messaging helps change file association in OS X
- Improvements in the setup and use of a virtual machine to directly access a Boot Camp Windows partition—without rebooting
- Improved Japanese keyboard—specific to the Japanese language edition only
As mentioned before, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition is subscription based and it will cost you S$134 per year.
If you are an existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers you can get an upgrade discount to Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition for S$68.00 for the first year.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes a complimentary Parallels Access subscription to remotely access their Mac from any device.
All of the features of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, as well as the following new and key features:
- Integration with key developer tools, such as Docker, Visual Studio (plug-in), Chef and Jenkins
- Support for Vagrant and other developer tools
- Additional user profiles for developers, power users and testers for optimal configuration for their particular scenarios
- Advanced networking tools and configuration for virtual networks to test complex networking scenarios, including the ability to simulate some network instabilities
- Cloud storage access through Box.net, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive Business, for sharing from Windows to Mac
- Headless mode for running virtual machines in the background without user interface
- Ability to create linked clones to conserve disk space and optimize installations
- Enhanced memory (64 GB RAM) and processing power (16 vCPU) for improved performance
- Nested virtualization for Linux guests
- Modern.IE test environments in the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard provide access to free trials of browsers for testing
- 24/7 phone and email support
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition is only available through commercial resellers since it is not targeted at consumers.
The pricing for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition is the same as the Pro Edition which is S$134 per year but there is no upgrade pricing for it as upgrades are usually different depending on their needs.
All of the features of the Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition, as well as the following key additions:
- Centralized administration and management capabilities to keep IT in control of virtual machines
- Web-based Parallels License Management Portal with a single activation key to eliminate manual management of individual license keys
- Business-level support, including prioritized 24/7 phone and email support options
- USB devices policy enforcement for additional security