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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is simply the #1 choice of customers worldwide to seamlessly run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Powerful performance lets you run day-to-day Windows productivity applications with ease. . Run even the most graphic-intensive Windows programs and the most powerful cross-platform Windows development tools side-by-side without compromise. Use Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Access, OneNote and other applications not available on the Mac. If you're new to Mac, keep the familiar Windows experience on your Mac. If you love the Mac OS interface, make Windows invisible. Either way, run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without compromising performance. Parallels Desktop 9 even brings Mac OS X features like Launchpad and Dictation to Windows apps and is compatible with OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), OS X Lion (10.7.5), OS X Lion (10.6.4), and OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). In addition to Windows 8, other OSs can also run in Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux, and Google Chrome OS. Sync iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox, etc., without unnecessary duplication of files locally. Worried about connecting to your network? Parallels Desktop also provides two modes for flexibility with different networking environments. No wonder Parallels Desktop has been the #1 solution for more than 7 years.
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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful
Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Daemon Without PermissionSept. 8 2013
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I will NOT upgrade to Parallels 9 until this is removed:
"When a user upgrades Parallels Desktop, he is asked if he wants a free six-month subscription to Parallels Access. Even if he says no, the product is installed on his system and the application is started each time the system is rebooted."
165 of 177 people found the following review helpful
Good software but subscription is too expensiveSept. 11 2013
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Overall, the software is pretty good. You can watch videos without a problem and access my mac's hard drive (and plugged in storage) as a network drive.
There are some bugs that make it hard to use like: -clicking anything in Windows 7 near the top of the screen is nearly impossible. The OS X menu appears when your mouse hits the top of the screen thereby covering whatever you were trying to click -On a Macbook Pro with Retina display, many of the windows are horribly distorted and have extremely small font. This probably isn't a problem for other displays
PLEASE BE AWARE- you are basically buying this software as a subscription. A new version comes out EVERY year (for around the same price) and the previous version is no longer maintained/updated/supported. My parallels desktop 8 mac still has plenty of bugs that they will NEVER fix unless you buy the new version. When OS X updates are around half as much, I find this very frustrating and dishonest. They should at least sell it as a subscription...
I am using this software on a mid 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 15" 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2.7GHz
63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I love Parallels, but they got cockySept. 9 2013
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I am writing this review and rating it only 3 stars, but I continue to love Parallels. I actually hope that others will buy Parallels 9 and then call, write, and chat with the support team to complain about the loss of Parallels Mobile and its replacement with a more expensive, but more functional version called Parallels Access. Hopefully, people reaching out and complaining will push them to re-visit their idea.
So, here's my review of the actual software.
Parallels makes upgrading easy. I just popped in the Desktop 9 CD, then realized that they will let me download it. I prefer to download as the CD will never survive in my house. If I ever needed to re-install, then I will have to have it. So, I downloaded the software and hit install. It found my Parallels 8 and replaced it. All of my OS's are still there.
Now my Dropbox and Google drive docs are available on the Windows machine. This may seem like nothing, but I can access my Photo Stream, my iCloud Docs (which I don't use), and my Google Drive docs straight from my Windows machine without having to create shares and links or by installing and mirroring the same data on the Windows machine. This is very nice and makes it much easier for me to update a file and know it will be pushed to Google Drive or Dropbox.
The last time I upgraded my Mac, I had an issue because Parallels stopped working. Apparently, Parallels Desktop 7 worked for Lion (10.7), but not Mountain Lion (10.8). That was a frustration that I wanted to avoid. When Mavericks (10.9) comes out, I can upgrade my laptop without worrying that all of my Parallels Operating Systems will shut down. I use the windows side for some of the work that I do and that was frustrating to realize that I couldn't access Windows until I upgraded Parallels. In their defense, they notated this on their website and had sent emails that I must have missed. I was pleased that the issue was documented and easy to see if I searched.
Parallels has replaced Parallels Mobile with Parallels Access as of this version. First off, what are these things, you might ask. These are Apps that you run on your iPhone/iPad which allows you to takeover your remote machine. I can sit at the coffee shop and remember I needed to hit send on an email. I grab my phone, open the Parallels Mobile app, and it connects to my laptop at home, shows me the desktop, and lets me do what I need to do. You don't have to setup your router or anything. Just have Parallels running and you're good to go. * The downside, Parallels Mobile worked for iPhone and iPad. This meant that if I just had my phone, I was still good. Parallels Mobile was introduced around version 7 and now it's being phased out. It's being phased out in favor of Parallels Access, which does the same thing, but costs $79.99/yr and doesn't currently work on the iPhone. When you connect with Parallels Access, the computer you takeover gets all funky as Parallels us tweaking the desktop resolution so that it can show you one Mac/Windows application at a time. * The upside, Parallels Access is pretty sweet. You can takeover just one Mac/Windows Application at a time. You don't have to re-size the application to perfectly fit in the screen. They have taken the iPad finger strokes and made them work when you are taking over a remote computer. It's pretty amazing and has allowed me to get more done faster.
Parallels Access might be worth $20/yr to me, but not $79.99. It's worth even less to me because I don't have a choice. Parallels Mobile is End of Purchase. [...] This means that you can't get it anymore and those of us that have been with them for years can't use it if we want to upgrade. If the next Mac upgrade to Mavericks works the same, then once I upgrade my Mac, I will have to upgrade Parallels and lose access to Parallels Mobile. (This is what I was talking about on the first paragraph. Please phone, chat, Skype, and email support. Please push for Parallels Mobile to come back or Parallels Access to be reasonably priced.)
I love Parallels and they have always come out with something new and some reason that it's worth it to me to upgrade. This is the first time I wouldn't want to give 5 stars. I still love them and want to stick with them. If you are choosing between Parallels and Fusion, I'd still say to go with Parallels. We just need them to get a little less cocky and be more open with us the consumers.
84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Parallels 9 Upgrade Warning...Sept. 21 2013
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Parallels 9 may offer marginal improvements over 8 as highlighted by others but I'd like to highlight my extremely bad experience with their support - they do not keep their promises even if made in writing!
In a nutshell I upgraded my full copy from Parallels 7-8 and 35 days later they want me to pay full upgrade price again!
The Parallels 9 pricing is already found to be expensive by many customers (just Google for "Parallels 9 Upgrade" and read other consumer comments).
On top of that I was promised a free upgrade by their customer support when purchasing in late July (I told support I was willing to wait for version 9 but was told the upgrade would not be a problem).
Now when I checked on my free upgrade to 9 (with their upgrade promise attached as an email) their response is "As a valuable customer we have given you a max of 15% discount".
When I highlighted their promise to me via email they simply regurgitated their bs 15% reply above.
The irony is that many retailers like Amazon like NewEgg are still selling copies of Parallels 8 with a FREE upgrade to version 9!
I can't understand why they treat their loyal full paying customers like s*** - I have been with them since version 6 and feel totally shafted by their upgrade pricing and policy of putting profits before loyal customers.
Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Hidden Subscription ModelOct. 24 2013
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Paralles features and functionality is fine... but it is official Parallels policy to not support Version that are 2-generations older then the current release. So if you keep up to date with your host operating system (for a low cost / no cost - see current Apple OSX Mavericks release) you will soon be forced to buy a 50 $ or higher Upgrade for Parallels to still be able to use your Windows / guest OS virtual machine... (See current discussion Parallels Desktop 7 and Mac OSX Mavericks).