Parallels Desktop 10 For Mac
What’s In A Name?
If you have made the switch from a Windows-based computer to an Apple one, you have also most likely switched the programs you use. However, you still may need those old Windows programs, or you may need to run a Windows-based version of a particular product. Parallels is one of the most popular and trusted software when running a Windows OS on a Mac. For the 10th version of this industry-leading software, Parallels gets upgraded intelligence for its reflecting Mac Operating System counterparts such as OS X and its newest Yosemite version. You can reliably run Windows, Android, or Linux based operating systems on your Apple machine. With improved efficiency and an optimized operation, Parallels 10 runs faster and uses less of your device, so you can get more done without worrying about how to do it.
Parallels mirrors Operating Systems, allowing you to run Windows 7 for example, right through your desktop. If you are familiar with Boot Camp, Apple’s in-house operating system software to run Windows, you have more likely than not dealt with having to completely shut down to switch from OS to OS when using it. This can be frustrating when multitasking, slowing you down when completing essential tasks. Parallels allows users to run other Mac, Windows, or Linux based operating systems from your desktop, allowing you to switch back and forth seamlessly, without having to reboot your machine in another operating system. You can simultaneously run multiple operating systems, saving you valuable time and energy. For some applications, however, you may still need to reboot and run your machine on a separate operating system. If you’re running on a Windows system, you can still open up Mac options for saving files, etc.
Why Multiple Operating Systems?
For many Mac users, they find that their Mac versions of Windows software do not seem to run quite as streamlined or efficient than on their preferred Windows-based operating systems. Others may need to pull up an old program that may not be compatible with new Mac OS variants or relies on a Linux based operating system like Ubuntu. With Parallels, you can run a multitude of operating systems on your machine to accomplish whatever task calls for a switch. With heightened optimization to run operating systems at the same time, you can pull up an old program up with ease.
Let’s use Microsoft Excel as an example. You may have a version of Microsoft Excel that you used on your old device, and want to transfer that over to your Mac, saving you the cost of getting a specific Mac version. Or, you may find the Mac version isn’t as capable as the Microsoft version. You then decide to run the Windows version of Excel on your Mac, but finding an opening and starting a new operating system to be too complication, convoluted, or time-consuming. With Parallels, you can set a device to be opened up by a specific operating system, so for Microsoft Excel, you could open up the particular app in Windows 7. No longer will you have to boot up an OS on its own, you can simply set the application to be opened up by the appropriate operating system and start working as soon as possible.
Gaming is another popular reason Mac users may want to run Windows. Many games require a Windows operating system to start them up. With Parallels, you can command the .exe file to be opened up with Windows 7 and play the game without issue.
Developers and coders get another advantage in using multiple operating systems. Macs are known for their resilience in resisting viruses and other malware that can cripple performance. Developers can write code in a Windows operating system window, and if that operating system gets infected while running on a host Mac, the user can restart the Windows operation, and reboot a version before when the infection happened. While security is imperative and crucial in creating code, it’s also important to see how it runs on other machines. Again, the beauty of flexibility shows itself, as users can code for a Windows or Linux based program then run and test it in the corresponding operating system. For developers creating products to be used across the board and one a wide array of operating systems, Parallels can help users safely generate code in other operating systems or test that it works just as it should on every operating system it is meant for.