Although many of us succeed in living a monogamous life with regard to the operating system we use on our computer, it is sometimes possible to run another operating system. If you are a Mac user, there are several options for running other operating systems almost.
One of these options is Parallels. Now in its 14th version, it has adapted and grown through several different versions of Windows, providing a great set of tools to run Windows, another MacOS, Linux or just about anything that plays nicely on an X86 processor.
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What is it?
Parallel desktop is virtualization software. It siphons effectively and isolates a block of storage memory so it can be used to run another operating system inside its own secure room.
For developers, this means they can run multiple test systems with different OSs and program combinations for testing. For office workers, this means you can run personal software in a virtual machine (VM) isolated from work systems. And for tinkerers you can play with different software and operating systems without compromising on your main computer.
The installation was straight ahead. If you install Windows 1
I installed Parallels Desktop 14 to a current model MacBook Pro with a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 RAM. For anyone who does serious work, I suggest more RAM and you can never have enough CPU, especially if you plan to run multiple World Cups at once.
I managed to run all kinds of different programs and tools in Windows 10. While I do not suggest virtualization, is great for games, you can play some decent games, even if you have to mess around with the standard processor and memory settings to optimize performance . My kids experimented with a bunch of first-person shooters they like with their Steam accounts, and were happy to shoot and kill things without a hitch.
Just for kicking, I decided to crack by installing Windows 3.1 to see how it would work. I reviewed another virtualization app, VMware Fusion, a few years ago, and managed to get half a dozen different versions of Windows installed and run side by side.
I didn't do this this time, but I had Windows 3.1 and Windows 10 running alongside each other.
You can run your virtualized operating system either in a window, full screen or in coherence mode. When in context, the Windows desktop and other major OS items are hidden, and programs run in their own windows with your Mac apps. So, if you prefer to use your Mac most of the time but need a specific Windows app, the Windows app can run with the Mac software. You can easily copy / paste and drag and drop between operating systems.
I've been using virtualization software for a long time. And almost all the kinks and irritations that existed in the early versions have disappeared. Running Windows 10 on my Mac doesn't feel different than running it native on your own machine.
In my testing and experiments, Parallels Desktop 14 had not missed a blow. If it's a problem, I didn't meet it.
Should you buy it
Parallels Desktop 14 is available either standalone with perpetual license or as a subscription software.
The perpetual version gives you back $ 109.95. Upgrades from the previous issue are $ 71.45
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Business Editions, tailored for developers and work settings, cost $ 137.45 per year.
If you need to run virtual software on Mac, Parallels Desktop 14 will fit your bill. As mentioned above, you can currently save up to 92% on Parallels Desktop bundles on Parallels' Australian site. Get it!
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