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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac [1] was launched two days ago on 21st August 2018, just in time for macOS Mojave which is coming next month.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac - Box Art [2]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Box Art

Parallels 14 is macOS Mojave ready. It supports Dark Mode and Quick Actions on Quick Look for Windows files. Support for additional Mojave features are in development and will be released alongside Mojave.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac  - Control Center In macOS Mojave (Dark Mode) [3]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Control Center In macOS Mojave (Dark Mode)
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac -  Xcode and Visual Studio In macOS Mojave (Dark Mode) [4]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Xcode and Visual Studio In macOS Mojave (Dark Mode)

There are five main focus areas with Parallels Desktop 14:

Optimize Storage
If you need a good reason to upgrade to Parallels 14, it will be the first focus area, optimize storage.

Virtual Machines (VM) are large, taking about 15GB to 100GB of storage space. There are two different storage mechanism at work, Windows, and Mac.

For Parallels 14, the storage optimization takes into account both of these mechanisms, and hence it will give you as much as 20 GB of storage savings per VM.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac - Free Up Disk Space [5]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Free Up Disk Space
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac - Free Up Disk Space Wizard [6]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Free Up Disk Space Wizard

Microsoft Ink Support
Parallels Desktop 14 supports the use of Microsoft Ink to edit Microsoft Office for Windows documents on a Mac, including pressure-sensitive support in applications such as PowerPoint, Microsoft Edge, CorelDRAW, Fresh Paint, Leonardo, openCanvas and Photoshop for Windows.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac - Microsoft Word On Windows 10 [7]
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac – Microsoft Word On Windows 10

Touch Bar Wizard
In Parallels 14, there is a Parallels Desktop Touch Bar Wizard that makes it easy for you to customize the Touch Bar for different Windows applications.

Additionally, with the use of Touch Bar XML Authoring, you can further personalize the Touch Bar with your own customized function key shortcuts for their favorite Windows applications.

Enhanced Graphic Support and 4K Shared Camera Support
With Parallels 14, the engineers improved on Open GL support for enhanced graphics, and that resulted in notable improvements in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and graphing applications like SketchUp, CTVox, DIALux, and OriginLab.

Part of the improvement is due to better memory management. All unused virtual video memory is now returned to the Mac system memory, and because of that, Windows applications can use them. Windows is now allowed to use more than 2GB of Mac system memory for video purposes.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
Some improvements for the Business Edition of Parallels:

Performance Improvements
For every release of Parallels, there are performance improvements and for Parallels 14, here they are:

The key takeaway here will be the AVX512 Intel Cannon Lake processor instructions set support for iMac Pro.

Parallels Toolbox
Parallels Toolbox was introduced alongside Parallels 12 [8] and Parallels has promised to add in more tools to the Toolbox with every new release of Parallels.

For Parallels 14, here are three new tools:

Pricing

Prices Parallels Desktop 14
for Mac
Parallels Desktop 14
for Mac Pro Edition
Parallels Desktop 14
for Mac Business Edition
New US$79.99 (S$110) / Year
US$99.99 (S$137) Perpetual
US$99.99 (S$137) / Year
Upgrade US$49.99 (S$69) Perpetual US$49.99 (S$69) / Year N/A