What is the difference between Parallels Desktop Lite and Parallels Desktop for Mac?

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Parallels Desktop Lite has the same basic features as Parallels Desktop Home: it enables you to run Windows, Linux and their applications on your Mac without rebooting. You can run these Windows and Linux applications side-by-side with Mac applications.

However, there are some differences between Parallels Desktop Lite and Parallels Desktop for Mac, and these are listed in the tables below.

Note: Existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop Lite.

Feature Parallels Desktop Lite Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
Guest OS installation
Install from .iso image file
Install from DVD
Install from USB
Install from Boot Camp  
PC to VM transfer  
Working with VMs
Sharing: Windows
Applications Sharing from Guest OS  
Sharing Guest OS files with OS X (reverse sharing)  
Share OS X folders with Windows
Share custom OS X folders with Windows
Shared Profile (mirror Downloads, Desktop, Movies etc. to either OS)
Mount OS X volumes to Windows
Drag & Drop files
Share iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive from OS X with Windows  
Guest Additions Features
Shared Clipboard (copy/paste)
OS X file sharing with Windows
Drag & Drop
Shared Profile Tool
Open web links from Windows with Mac  
USB & Devices
USB storage devices support
USB 3.0 USB 3.0
USB non-storage devices support
USB devices permanent assignment rules
Support for Thunderbolt storage devices
Shared network
Host-only network
Bridged network  
Other Top features
Real time disk optimization
Travel Mode
Quicklook support for Windows
OS X Gestures support (including Force Touch Gestures)
Integration with Cortana
Per-VM shortcuts
VM icons in Dock  
Licensing Mac App Store Licensing Perpetual & Subscription
Vagrant provider support   Pro and Business Editions only
Nested virtualization   Pro and Business Editions only

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