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What's new in Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac?

  • Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Home Edition


  • New Parallels Toolbox utilities featured in all editions of Parallels Desktop® 12 for Mac make it easy to perform 20 common tasks with simple single-function tools for both Mac® and Windows® virtual machines (VMs). Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Edition subscribers, and Parallels Toolbox for Mac subscribers, also receive free updates of additional tools which will be made available every quarter. Initial features include:

    • Simply capture screen shots or record video of a screen, window, or area.
    • Download videos from YouTube, Facebook, and other websites with a single click.
    • Distraction-free presentation modes for both Mac and Windows VMs, including:
      • Hide Desktop Files
      • Do Not Disturb
      • Keep Mac Awake
    • Archive, encrypt, and password-protect all of your files.
    • Time management tools — an alarm, timer, date countdown, and stopwatch.
    • Unpack files from ZIP, RAR and many other formats.
  • Simplified backup: One year of Acronis True Image 500 GB cloud backup storage, which can backup new incremental changes to a VM instead of having to resave an entire VM and changes every time changes are made.
  • Support for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch PC game.
  • Support for Windows 10 Xbox® app, for streaming and playing all Xbox games on a Mac.
  • Schedule Windows updates for an appropriate time at night to avoid time-consuming disruptions during your day.
  • Control storage space used by VMs directly from the Optimized Storage in macOS™ Sierra.
  • Store Microsoft Edge™ and Internet Explorer® passwords in Mac Keychain®.
  • Assign special behaviors to Windows apps, such as Always Open Full Screen or Always Hide Other Apps, so they play even better on your Mac.
  • Easily cancel time-consuming VM actions.
  • Open documents from SharePoint® and Office 365® in Microsoft Office for Windows desktop applications directly from your favorite Mac browser.
  • Keep Windows ready in the background, instead of suspending the VM, to instantly open Windows applications and documents.
  • Outlook® for Windows now features your recently accessed documents, both Mac and Windows, so they are conveniently available to select when you add attachments to your emails.
  • Improved Retina® support for resizing Windows VMs.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac performance improvements include:

  • Up to 90% faster snapshot creation.
  • Up to 60% faster suspend of VMs.
  • Up to 25% faster shared folders performance.
  • Up to 10% battery life improvement.
  • Compile Visual Studio® projects on shared folders up to 25% faster.
  • Enjoy improved VM responsiveness when your Mac is low on free memory.

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