Are you planning to install Windows on your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Then you should consider the new version of the popular Parallels Desktop software.
Parallels Desktop 13 was launched earlier this week. This software enables Mac users to easily run windows on their Mac and even download the latest Windows 10 (but you will have to purchase the OS from Microsoft).
You can just create virtual machines for every single OS you wish to run, and once they have been installed, you can run the hosted OS in a window on your MacBook. You can return to macOS whenever you want with ease merely by tapping on the Desktop.
The installation might be a breeze, but the truth is, it isn’t short. If in case, you have to download the OS, make sure that your Internet connection can handle data download of 4GB. The installation assistant enables you to install a host of Linux varieties, MacOS, and Android as virtual machines. Thus Mac is a more flexible option for several needs.
One of the most interesting things about the Parallels Desktop 13 version is that you can now control some of the critical Windows applications if you are using the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.
Using this new Parallels version, “thousands” of Windows apps that run on the virtual machine could now be customized via the Touch Bar. Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel and most of the popular available browsers are compatible with this version.
Windows users working with virtual machines will almost certainly like the fact that Cortana and Taskbar pinned elements are available via Touch Bar. The software seamlessly integrates the soon-to-come Windows People Bar (just like MacBook Pro Touch Bar), which is just cool by the way.
It has a picture-in-picture mode that allows you keep an eye on every active virtual machine while you’re using the Mac. There are also other improvements in its graphics that lets you play and enjoy your favorite Windows games like Rage on your Mac. So, you can expect such high degree of performance when you run windows on a Mac for several business-focused apps.
Does Parallels Run Smoothly?
While installation is ongoing, you may notice a step down in system performance, but compared to the flexibility it offers, it’s a small price to pay as you can shift from one operating system to another with a just a click. It is also nice to know that you can run Windows only software on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
Any other features? Of course! The ease of sharing documents between systems via shared folder or drag & drop is thrilling. You could also savour the thrill of asking Siri and Cortana the same set of questions on the same Mac! Cool, right?
Parallels also offer a bunch of single-click utilities that you could install. They could be used on both Windows and Mac volumes to do things like download movies from YouTube, find duplicates etc.
Mac users that are not familiar with Windows should endeavor to install Kaspersky anti virus software that Parallels offers for more security conscious when working on the Windows install.
There is a lot of work that went into making the performance of this version better than its predecessors. You would observe significant improvements if you are using an external Thunderbolt SSD drive. On the whole, there is an almost 50% faster performance when working on Windows files on a Mac.
There are three different versions of Parallels Desktop 13 available: Standard edition, Pro edition and a soon-to-launch Business edition (would be available in the Fall). The Business Edition includes Single Application Mode which allows IT admins to deliver, lock and secure an ideal Windows virtual machine with selected apps to a user’s Mac Dock.
Why Choose Parallels?
For enterprise users who use iPads for their business, there is Parallels Access, a business solution that allows iPad user to access Windows on their tablets.
If you are moving from a computing system in which Windows and legacy Windows applications, macOS and iOS solutions are at play already, then Parallels Desktop seems a good solution to help support your business in this move.
Apart from being a business solution, you could also consider Apple’s Bootcamp, VMWare Fusion and several others which are all integrated with Mac. It is fast to use with some nice touches like Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro which shows you Parallels commitment to enhancing an excellent Windows/Linux/Mac on Mac experience.