Parallels, the popular virtualization software for Mac, just got a massive upgrade.
Version 14 comes with macOS Mojave support and a significant speed boost, as well as welcome storage optimizations. It also brings a bunch of handy new features, including the ability to access Windows apps shortcuts on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
If you need to run a Windows app on your Mac, but you don’t actually want to run Windows, Parallels is the way to do it. It lets you create a virtual machine that runs either Windows, macOS, and more — then run it right on your existing desktop.
Its latest upgrade, version 14, makes Parallels better than ever.
Parallels 14 is super-snappy
You’ll want to upgrade to Parallels 14 if you plan to use macOS Mojave when it rolls out this fall. But that’s not the only reason why it’s a worthy successor to Parallels 13. The new version is also 20-30 percent smaller than ever before and promises significantly faster load speeds.
Storage optimizations have also been made so that memory states saved with the Snapshots tool take up 15 percent less storage on average. A new disk space wizard has been added to help you economize your storage and manage multiple machines.
The upgrade also brings a number of Windows features, including Microsoft Ink support, and stylus compatibility in apps like CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Illustrator, and Photoshop. MacBook Pro users can also set up shortcuts for their Windows apps on the Touch Bar.
Parallels 14 arrives August 23
Parallels 14 is a paid upgrade priced at $80 per year for new users, or $50 for those upgrading from Parallels 12 and 13. Pro and Business Editions will also be available at $100 per year. You can upgrade starting August 23.