If you need to use Windows on your Mac, the hands-down best solution has always been Parallels.
Now owned by Corel, Parallels has continued to flourish and grow, with Parallels Desktop 15 the most advanced virtualisation solution available, letting you run just about any OS, including Mac OS, so you can test out the new macOS Catalina beta in a safe and secure environment without running the risk of running a beta on your primary system as your primary system.
One of the headline improvements is support for Apple Metal API, which delivers improved graphics. As part of the move to Metal, Parallels says Desktop 15 "supports DirectX 11, 10 and 9 on Metal, delivering improved performance to customers".
“Now Parallels Desktop 15 users can experience demanding computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) applications and Windows PC games that were previously unavailable. In addition, there are planned integration features with macOS Catalina—including support for Sidecar and Apple Pencil—offering customers our most comprehensive merging of Mac and Windows ever.”
Here is the full launch video of Parallels Desktop 15 in Australia, the article continues below, please read on!
Here is Parallels' official video on what's new in PD15:
iTWire will have a full review of Parallels Desktop 15, but until then, what does Parallels have to say about it newest version? Here are the details.
DirectX 11 Support Brings More Windows Programs and PC Games to Mac
Following the emphasis Apple gave to Metal API, Parallels made significant investments to ensure excellent DirectX 11 performance on Metal in macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina (10.15), in addition to DirectX 10 and 9. (User experience will depend on the hardware, especially the CPU and graphics card utilized on the Mac.) Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior versions, including the following titles:
- ArcGIS Pro 2.3
- Autodesk 3ds Max 2020
Games on macOS Mojave
- Age of Empires: Definitive Edition
- Anno 2205
- Space Engineers
- The Turing Test
Games on macOS Catalina
- Anno 1800
- Fallout 4
- FIFA 19
- Madden NFL 19
Play Any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine (VM)
Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac. Supported platforms include Windows 10 and 8.1, Android and Linux with kernel 3.13 and newer. Shared Bluetooth driver is version 4.0.
macOS Catalina (10.15) Integrations
Parallels Desktop 15 can currently utilise macOS Catalina as a VM, with support for Catalina as a host operating system (OS) following its public release (which is expected in early Spring 2019). Planned integrations include improved Sidecar support with processing of Apple Pencil tilt and double-tap, which can be used on programs such as CorelDRAW, Corel Painter and Microsoft SketchPad among others.
In addition, users will be able to use Sign in with Apple as one of several sign-in options (implemented in Parallels services this fall), providing a consistent sign-in experience they can trust and the convenience of not having to remember multiple accounts and passwords. New users can also use Sign in with Apple to register for the first time, which will automatically create a Parallels account and simplify the trial experience.
Parallels Desktop 15 also provides improved handling of macOS Catalina security and privacy dialogues, approving system extensions, and will feature refined work with iCloud® in the update around macOS Catalina release.
Seamless Mac and Windows Integration
"Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac further blurs the lines between Mac and Windows with enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
Now Parallels Desktop 15 users can drag and drop images directly from macOS screenshot previews, Safari and Photos to Windows applications to create documents in a fast and convenient manner.
Watch this demo video:
Users can also right-click a file in Finder, then select “Share” and “Send with Windows Email App” to send the file via the default Windows email, such as Outlook or Mail.
Watch this demo video:
vTPM and Physical Disk Support for Pro Edition and Business Edition
Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Business Edition now feature a Virtual Platform Trusted Module (vTPM), a new virtual hardware to VM configuration required by Windows to enable additional security features. With a vTPM in highly secure corporate environments, users can enable BitLocker in accordance with corporate group policies, use virtual smart cards, or enable a more secure version of Windows Hello PIN for improved security.
Additionally, Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Business Edition users can connect physical disks (both internal and external) to a VM as logically internal disks, which allows users to:
- Install Windows or another OS to that disk,
- Boot to an OS installed on that disk, and
- Use non-native Boot Camp installations.
Enterprise users also benefit from an enhanced consistent user experience in Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Business Edition. IT can now lock a VM in a desired mode—Window, Full Screen, or Coherence—so end users always get a familiar experience for increased productivity.
Parallels Desktop 15 Performance
Significant Parallels Desktop 15 performance improvements include:
- Up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup
- Up to 15% faster 3D graphics improvements
- A faster and more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface (UI)
How to Easily Install Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop
The Installation Assistant in Parallels Desktop makes it simple to install Windows 10 on your Mac—and does not require you to purchase Windows beforehand. Windows installation scenarios in Parallels Desktop include:
- You just installed Parallels Desktop on your Mac. It will automatically detect that you do not have Windows and offer to install it.
- You want to move Windows 10 and applications from a physical PC into a Parallels Desktop VM on your Mac.
- You want to add a Windows 10 VM to Parallels Desktop.
- You want to upgrade an existing Windows VM to Windows 10.
- You want to add preconfigured Windows VM test environments for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
- For details, read the “How to Install Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop for Mac” blog post here.
Save Time: 30+ One-Click Tools Simplify Mac and Windows Tasks
With Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows, it’s fast and easy to save time by completing useful tasks in just one click. Parallels Desktop 15 subscriptions include a concurrent subscription to Parallels Toolbox. Parallels Toolbox is a suite of more than 30 handy tools to complete beneficial tasks in just one-click, including:
- Download internet videos to watch offline.
- Reclaim gigabytes of disk space or RAM to improve Mac performance.
- Make a GIF to share.
- Find duplicate files to delete.
- Record screen, window or a select area.
- Block the built-in camera on your Mac to protect your privacy.
- Block all notifications to eliminate disruptions.
- Hide your desktop.
Access to Everything on Your Mac, Windows VMs and PC from Anywhere
Never worry again about forgetting a document you need on your office or home computer when you are away. Problem solved. Parallels Desktop 15 subscriptions include a concurrent subscription to Parallels Access.
Parallels Access makes it simple to securely access up to five computers (Mac or PC) from anywhere via an HTML5 web browser, and from an unlimited number of iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
You can use familiar native touch gestures on these devices, so you can be truly productive anytime from anywhere. Parallels Access makes it simple to work with any file or application that runs on your remote Mac, Windows VM or PC—from AutoCAD to proprietary business applications, and more than 230,000 Windows applications that Parallels Desktop users run today.
Availability and Pricing
All editions of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac (Standard, Pro Edition and Business Edition) are available now for purchase either online at Parallels —which also offers free full-featured 14-day trials for new users—or from retail and online stores worldwide.
Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary, concurrent three-month subscriptions to Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows and Parallels Access, which are also separately available to all PC and Mac users as standalone products for free trials and subscription.
Parallels Desktop for Mac customers (any edition) can get upgrade pricing for Parallels Desktop 15 online here. New customers can download free trials and purchase at parallels.com/desktop. Pricing details follow below:
Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac - Subscription
- Upgrade from any edition AU$71.45, per year (including GST)
- New subscription AU$109.95 per year (including GST)
Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition
- Upgrade from any edition AU$71.45 per year (including GST)
- New subscription AU$137.45 per year (including GST)
Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Business Edition
- AU$137.45 per year (including GST)