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Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Launches: Ready for macOS Big Sur, Blends the OS Updates with New Mac Integration and Windows-Related Features for the Ultimate Windows-on-Mac Experience

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today launched Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac with a refreshed design that’s consistent with the new macOS Big Sur look; increased graphics performance; and a variety of new integrated features—including another world’s first—that provide customers with the best Windows-on-Mac experience ever. Additionally, Parallels® Desktop 16 subscribers receive complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows and Parallels Access, which dramatically simplify daily computing life.

“Parallels invested more than 25-man-years of engineer programming to take full advantage of the new macOS Big Sur architecture and revamped kernel extensions to deliver our best Windows-on-Mac performance ever for our Parallels Desktop 16 customers,” said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support. “The innovative new features in Parallels Desktop 16 include the world’s first support for Metal applications with 3D capabilities running in a macOS Big Sur virtual machine on a macOS Big Sur host. Performance improvements include launching twice as fast*, up to 20 percent faster Windows resume and shutdown*, faster DirectX and more.”

New Feature Highlights of Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac:

  • DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3: Up to 20 percent faster DirectX 11 and improved OpenGL 3 graphics in Windows and Linux.
  • Increased battery life: Stay productive on the go with up to 10 percent longer battery life when Windows runs in Travel Mode.
  • Automatically reclaim disk space: Virtual machines (VMs) can be set to automatically return unused disk space when shutting down.
  • New multi-touch gestures for Windows apps: Use smooth zoom and rotate Trackpad multi-touch gestures in Windows apps.
  • Enhanced printing: Print on both sides and use more paper sizes, from A0 to envelope.

See video demonstrations of new features in Parallels Desktop 16: Select here to watch the new features highlights video.

Experience 14+ Years of Innovations and Timeless Features

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac brings customers more than 14 years of innovations, including many history-making new features and high-performance firsts, resulting from Parallels’ relentless commitment to deliver the best-possible Windows-on-Mac experience. Examples include launching the world’s first virtualization software for Mac that runs Windows on Mac without rebooting in 2006; Coherence™ Mode, which provides the option of running Windows invisibly in the background while using Windows apps in their macOS environment with native Mac gestures, in 2007; seamless integration of Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive cloud services in 2015; and support for DirectX 11, 10 and 9 on Apple Metal in 2019. Now, in 2020, Parallels Desktop 16 reinvented itself for macOS Big Sur to use native Mac virtualization without loading any deprecated kernel extensions.

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Pro Edition

The #1 selling version of Parallels Desktop is Parallels Desktop Pro Edition. It is a more powerful, feature-rich and flexible solution than the Standard Edition yet simple to use. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition makes it easy for anyone to enjoy maximum productivity. New and key Pro Edition features include:

  • CPUs and RAM: Assign up to 32 vCPUs and 128 GB vRAM for each VM.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in: Visual Studio integration simplifies testing applications across operating systems.
  • Create and name custom networks (new): Name your custom networks for more organized and productive testing.
  • Nested Virtualization: Run and test Microsoft Hyper-V based virtual machines in your Parallels Desktop virtual machine.
  • Command Line: Rich command line interface (prlctl and prlsrvctl) allows flexible work automatization.
  • Vagrant, Docker, and Jenkins Plugins: Complimentary Vagrant, Docker and Jenkins plugins/providers for developers.
  • Linked Clones: Make a new VM from a snapshot of the exiting VM. The linked clone occupies only a fraction of disk space that is used by the parent VM, as it reuses disk sectors that are the same for both VMs.
  • Archive a VM right in Control Center: Pro users tend to have many virtual machines which occupy a lot of disk space. In-place archive right from Parallels Desktop Control Center, with the ability to manage the configuration of an archived VM, brings unique convenience.
  • Prepare for transfer (new): Export a VM in a compressed format as a solid file for easier and faster upload and transfer to new hardware.
  • 50+ features: More than 50 useful and time-saving features are included in the Pro Edition.

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Business Edition

New Parallels Desktop 16 Business Edition features, which are in addition to all Pro Edition features, include:

  • Corporate VM provisioning: Easily configure VMs with preinstalled applications to upload and host for employees to securely download and run on their Mac devices.
  • Upgrade control: Centralized administration provides flexible controls to manage access to new Parallels Desktop updates, new feature releases, upgrades and new macOS releases.
  • Passwordless update: Administrator credentials are no longer required for Parallels Desktop updates, making it easier for IT and users to keep it current even when users are not admins on their Mac devices.
  • Easy installation on macOS Big Sur: Parallels Desktop installation on macOS Big Sur does NOT require approval of system extension, so installation is fast, seamless and does not require rebooting your Mac.

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 download it from Microsoft at no cost and install it. Later, you can decide to keep using Windows and purchase a product key from Microsoft.
  • You want to move Windows, its applications, and your files 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 7 or 8 VM to Windows 10.
  • You have Windows in a Boot Camp partition and want to run it simultaneously with macOS without rebooting or migrate it into a VM and reclaim the disk space back to macOS.
  • You want to add Microsoft’s 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.

New Tools in Parallels Toolbox 4 for Mac and Windows

Parallels Toolbox, which is included with Parallels Desktop subscriptions, is an all-in-one suite of time-saving utilities for both PC and Mac users. It is filled with one-click tools that simplify managing the health of your computer, your productivity, and your own wellbeing. New Parallels® Toolbox 4 features—Break Time for Mac, Show Desktop for Mac, Unit Converter for Mac, Window Manager for Mac, Close Apps for Windows, Unit Converter for Windows, and Window on Top for Windows—are the latest additions to these Windows and Mac suites of more than 30 helpful tools.

The most popular Parallels Toolbox one-click tools for macOS and Windows include: Download Video, Presentation Mode, Hide Desktop Files, Energy Saver, Clean Drive, Unarchive, Capture Area. Additional popular macOS tools include: Hidden Files, Clipboard History, Uninstall Apps, Free Memory, and more. Details of the full suite of Parallels Toolbox one-click tools and demo videos, as well as free full-featured trials, are available at

Parallels Access 6 New Features Include Personal Help

Parallels Access 6, which is included with Parallels Desktop subscriptions, enables users to remotely access up to five PC or Mac computers from iPad, iPhone and Android devices using familiar native touch gestures. New features in version 6 include:

  • Personal Help: Easily assist family and friends who ask you for help fixing their PC or Mac issues without having to be in front of their computer. Simply generate and share a Personal Help link for them to select, which enables them to install a preconfigured copy Parallels Access™ free of charge. This provides you with access to their computer so you can resolve their issues from anywhere. Watch this Personal Help demo video.
  • Bluetooth support for mice and trackpads in iPadOS 13.4 or later for remote sessions, including gestures. When a mouse or trackpad is detected, the cursor transforms into a native cursor depending on the content available on the screen—such as a pointer, I-beam or arrows—for an improved user experience.
  • Android support for OneDrive and Google Drive storage through Parallels Access File Manager for improved file sharing efficiency.
  • Edge-to-edge rendering and gestural navigation.

Availability and Pricing

All editions of Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac (Standard Edition, Pro Edition and Business Edition) are available now for purchase either online at par...

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