Parallels Desktop® App Store Edition has the same basic features as Parallels Desktop® Standard Edition: it enables you to run Windows®, Linux and their applications on your Mac without rebooting. However, as App Store applications run in sandbox, there are some differences between App Store and Standard editions.
Note: existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition.
Difference between editions
The following Parallels Desktop features are not available in Parallels Desktop App Store Edition:
|Feature||App Store Edition||Standard Edition*|
Guest OS installation
|Use Windows from Boot Camp**||✓|
|Transfer PC to VM**||✓|
|Install macOS from Recovery to VM**||✓|
Working with VMs
|Coherence view mode||✓|
|Run VM in the background with no UI||✓|
Integration with macOS
|Share Windows applications with Mac||✓|
|Share Windows files with Mac||✓|
|Share iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive from macOS with Windows||✓|
|Allow Windows to see Mac applications||✓|
|Sync keyboard layouts between macOS and Windows||✓|
|Share Mac VPN connection with Windows||✓|
Connect Bluetooth devices to Windows
|VM icons in Dock||✓|
|Vagrant provider support||Pro and Business Editions only|
|Nested virtualization**||Pro and Business Editions only|
* Standard Edition features are available in Pro and Business editions.
** These features are currently not supported on Mac computers with Apple M1 Chip.