Parallels Desktop 12 brings new tools and performance improvements

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

If you’ve bought a Mac, but you’ve got bored of Apple’s operating system and want to run the Windows OS, there’s a go-to program that makes this possible. The name of the program is Parallels Desktop 12 and it comes with many tools that will make your daily tasks simpler.

This new software was released on August 18 for subscribers and upgraders, while new users have access to it starting from today, August 23. Parallels Desktop and Parallels Access are two sophisticated virtualization software that users find useful, while others prefer web-based tools. Parallels Access can be installed on iPhones, iPads and Android phones and it’s used to access home and work computers.

If you decide to upgrade from Parallels Desktop to Parallels Desktop 12, you will notice a 25% performance boost, as John Uppendahl, Parallels’ vice president of communications, confirms “We are on the bleeding edge of performance”. The team of developers behind this program did their best to come up with simple ways that will make users fall in love with Parallels Desktop 12.

First of all, it’s easy to buy Windows 10, as customers make the purchase directly from within Parallels Desktop, then they can schedule updates, use all internet passwords that have been saved to their Mac Keychain and have access to recently used files on both their Mac and Windows virtual machine.

You can buy Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac for $79.99, and if you  want to upgrade from Parallels Desktop 10 and 11 for Mac, you will need to pay $49.99. There’s also the option to upgrade to Parallels Desktop Pro Edition, but you’ll pay an annual subscription of $49.99.

The price of Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop Business Edition for new customers is $99.99 per year, and it include a complimentary Parallels Access subscription which gives users the ability to remotely access up to five Mac or Windows PCs.

Parallels Desktop 12 also has a new feature called Parallels Toolbox allowing users to:

  • Hide Desktop Files, use the Do Not Disturb, Keep Mac Awake distraction-free presentation modes
  • Unpack files from ZIP, RAR and many other formats
  • Download videos from YouTube or Facebook
  • Archive, encrypt and password-protect all files
  • Capture screenshots or record videos of a screen, window or area
  • Use time management tools such as alarms, timers, date countdown and stopwatches.


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