Parallels is a software company that started in 2000. It’s best known for the Parallels Desktop for Mac, which has been downloaded more than 5 million times since the first version was launched in 2006. Today, it offers other programs and cross-platform solutions, including Parallels Access, Parallels Remote Application Server, Parallels Mobile Development Management, and Parallels Mac Management for SCCM.
In the old days, it was pretty much an “either/or” proposition between Mac and Windows systems. So if you pick a Mac you cut yourself off from various programs that are only available in Windows, and vice versa.
But that’s no longer the case when you get the Parallels Desktop for Mac. The latest version is Parallels Desktop 11, and it’s a doozy. It integrates the two environments seamlessly, and you won’t ever have to reboot to make it so. With this program, you can run applications like Internet Explorer, MS Access, and Windows Media Player.
It actually runs a great many other operating systems. Aside from Windows 7, it also runs Windows 8.1 and also supports Windows 10. You can also use Linux and Google Chrome too.
What that means is you can now use the Cortana personal assistant on your Mac. You can use it within a Windows 10 virtual machine, and also get it to run with the virtual machine running in the background while you use your native Mac apps.
The integration works both ways. On your Windows VM, you can now use the QuickLook option in Mac. You just press on the space bar on your keyboard and voila! You can preview your documents.
It even changes the Mac interface so that you have a new window control button for your VMs. Press the button for “Coherence” mode, and it looks like the Windows apps are right there on your Mac desktop. Alongside your Mac Notifications panel, you also have a panel for the Windows Action Centre sliding from the right side of the screen.
It does have its competitors, but nobody else does these things as smoothly as Parallels Desktop for Mac. With it, you really get the best of both worlds.
You have a veritable goldmine of other software solutions on Parallels. With Parallels Access, you can remote access your Mac or PC and the desktop apps seem like they were designed for your mobile device. Parallels Mac Management helps extend Microsoft SCCM to manage your Macs. The Parallels Remote Application Server publishes apps and delivers virtual and remote desktops to any device in your network.
That’s not all. There’s still the Parallels Mobile Device Management, which you can use to manage, monitor, and secure mobile devices so you can enforce your own mobile device policies for your workforce. And with Parallels Transporter, you don’t even need to install Windows to transport your PC files into your Mac. That includes Windows docs, music, downloads, pictures, and even Internet bookmarks.
With Parallels, you’re no longer confined to a well-defined set of applications. Now you’re free to use just about any app you want.
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