This version of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac (build 9.0.23036, 9.0.23046) includes the following new features and enhancements:
Windows 8 support
- If you prefer the classic Windows experience, you can set Windows 8 to boot directly to the desktop, set Windows 8 apps to run in resizable windows, and bring back the fully functional Start menu!
- Many types of media files are set to open in Windows 8 desktop applications, as using full screen Windows 8 modern UI apps may not always be convenient.
- Improved running of Windows 8 in Coherence.
- Improved method of displaying Windows 8.1 in full screen when using multiple displays consisting of Retina and non-Retina displays.
- Shift-click the Windows 8 icon in the Dock to open the Power User menu.
- Smoother scrolling in Windows 8.
- Improved interface for installing Windows on Mac computers that don't have DVD drives.
- Download the Parallels Access agent from within Parallels Desktop to use your Windows and Mac OS X applications from your iPad.
- Install Windows 7 and Linux from USB external storage devices due to EFI bootloader support.
- Install Windows Server 2012 using Express installation.
- Change the disk image used by the virtual machine's DVD-ROM right from the DVD-ROM context menu in Windows.
- Set Windows to shut down on closing the virtual machine window.
- Pressing the Command button for several seconds and releasing doesn't display the Start menu/screen in Windows, for those who want to use the Command+key combination but then change their mind.
- Parallels Desktop remembers when you're working with a virtual machine on a second display and automatically shows it on that display each time you connect it.
- A new search field in the Configuration dialog lets you easily find the setting you're looking for.
- Customize the list of keys and keyboard shortcuts that you can send to a virtual machine from the Keyboard menu.
- New, optimized and streamlined interface to change the keyboard and mouse settings.
- Improved detection of guest OS image files during guest OS installation.
- Extended support for managing your virtual machines using the prlctl utility in the Terminal; turn on/off 3D acceleration, change Coherence settings and much more.
- Distinguish Parallels virtual machines from others in the Finder by the Parallels icon || displayed on the virtual machine icon.
- Purchase Parallels Desktop right from the application interface.
- Support for Power Nap keeps Windows up to date even when your Mac is in sleep mode.
- Use Boot Camp virtual machines with Windows 8 or Windows 7 on the latest MacBook Air (Mid 2013) portables.
- Copy and paste files between Windows and OS X.
- Access your iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive cloud storage folders from Windows.
- Access your SkyDrive cloud storage folders from Mac OS X.
- You won't miss it when a Windows application is trying to get your attention by flashing in the taskbar; now its icon in the Dock bounces too.
- When Parallels Desktop is in the background, notifications let you know when background tasks are complete (for example, when a download is complete or an update is available) without bringing Parallels Desktop to the fore.
- Windows 8 and Mac OS X notifications are temporarily disabled when you're working with Windows in Presentation mode.
- Look up words in Windows with a 3-finger tap.
- Right-click the virtual machine icon in the Dock to change virtual machine state, configuration settings, and otherwise manage a virtual machine running in Coherence.
- Use code profiling applications (Intel VTune Amplifier, OProfile, etc.) to optimize your programs.
- Print your files, documents, and web pages to PDF from any application that supports printing and save them on the Mac OS X desktop.
- Share Mac user folders with Linux virtual machines.
- Improved support for using a guest version of Mac OS X: the system notifies you of the unsaved changes when you shut down the virtual machine.
- New virtual appliances: updated Android and Ubuntu 13.04 available for download.
- Extended support for VirtualBox 4.x virtual machines. Now you can convert virtual machines with .vdi, .vmdk, .vhd, .hdd hard disks to the Parallels format.
- Improved Coherence view mode: manage Windows using the Start button in the Dock.
- Protect Windows and your Mac from viruses and manage your virtual machine security settings centrally from the new Parallels Security Center.
- Protect your Mac and Windows from viruses using the Dr.Web antivirus software.
- Option to disable the OS X Resume feature for Parallels Desktop: virtual machines shut down according to their startup and shutdown settings, rather than automatically suspending when you quit Parallels Desktop. Useful if more than one person uses your Mac.
- Set a password requirement to change your Windows account password.
- Use the prlctl/prlsrvctl utility to set password protection for changing Parallels Desktop and virtual machine settings.
- Connect Thunderbolt and FireWire external devices, and SD memory cards, to Windows.
- Run virtual machines from bootable external storage devices.
- A new virtual network adapter provides a faster Internet connection.
- Support for virtual SCSI controller.
- Use Linux applications just like OS X apps: work with OS X files, manage applications via their icons in the Dock, etc.
- Support for Mageia Linux 2.
- Support for Linux Mint 13, 14.
- Parallels Tools for Linux update automatically.
- Easily check the total amount of used and available disk space on the Shared Folders volume.
- Support for creating symbolic links in folders shared between Linux and OS X.
- Improved auto-detection of Linux guest operating systems.
For Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition only
- Support for KVM nested virtualization in Linux virtual machines.
- Support for XEN nested virtualization in Linux virtual machines.
- Automatically lock Windows before it's suspended for better security; other people won't have access to your Windows account when Windows is resumed.
- Decide whether you want to attach a screenshot to each problem report.
- New design for working with snapshots.
- GUI restyling to support the OS X Mavericks color scheme.
- The mouse pointer may disappear when you're typing in Microsoft OneNote 2013 running in Coherence.
- Parallels Desktop may slow down while youâre installing updates from Microsoft.
- Unable to install Ubuntu via EFI using Express installation.
- Dragging and dropping files between a Linux virtual machines and OS X may sometimes fail.
- Windows may crash when you switch from using a built-in camera to external one.
- Microsoft Office 2013 may work slowly when running in Windows 8 with 1 CPU.
- If you move your mouse while pressing Command + Tab, the Command key alone may register in Windows.
- You may be unable to uninstall Parallels Tools from a Mac OS X virtual machine.
- Sharing SkyDrive folders with Mac OS X is not supported with the preinstalled Windows 8 SkyDrive app. You must download and install SkyDrive for the desktop: https://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download
Hardware - A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor. - At least 2 GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
Note: Your Mac must have enough memory to use Mac OS X and its applications plus the memory required for each additional operating system (and its programs) that you want to use simultaneously.
- At least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume (the volume that has Mac OS X) for Parallels Desktop installation.
- 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.
- An Internet connection for select features and software updates.
- OS X Mavericks 10.9 Developer Preview, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 or later, OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later, or Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later.
- One of the following: a Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside Mac OS X.
- An Internet connection to download and install one of the several operating systems available from within Parallels Desktop, such as Android, Google Chrome, and Ubuntu.
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