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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

  • Supports running Windows 8.1 on a Mac
  • Shared DropBox and Google Drive folders
  • Power Nap Support
  • Connect Thunderbolt & Firewire storage devices
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With Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac applications without rebooting. Innovative and indispensable new features include cloud storage optimizations for iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. The Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac also supports OS X Launchpad in Windows applications, and provides Windows 8 users with a Start menu and Windows Start button. Parallels Desktop 9 delivers much improved performance for some of the most common scenarios and operations, such as 40 percent improvement in disk performance, virtual machine startup and shutdown are now up to 25 percent faster, and customers can suspend their virtual machines in up to 20 percent less time than before. 3D graphics and web-browsing are also made noticeably speedier, with up to 15 percent improvements for both.

  • newegg Cloud Services Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac supports iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive optimizations with your Mac and your Windows virtual machine, eliminating duplication of files locally.
  • newegg Enhanced Windows 8 and 8.1 Support Parallels Desktop brings back the real Start menu, and lets customers use Metro apps in a window instead of full screen.
  • newegg Security Center Easily access and install complimentary security software subscriptions to keep the Mac and Windows virtual machines safe from viruses and malware, all from one location.
  • newegg Enhanced New Virtual Machine Wizard The New Virtual Machine Wizard makes it even easier to create new virtual machines, automatically locating operating systems on your machine or letting you manually select a range of media types to install.
  • newegg Power Nap Support On a Retina MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, the Power Nap feature now extends to Windows and Windows apps, so virtual machines and all Windows applications are always up-to-date.
  • newegg Thunderbolt and Firewire Storage Device Support For convenience of everyday use, customers can connect Thunderbolt and Firewire devices to either your Mac or your virtual machine – just like you do with USB devices.

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Desktop 9 for Mac
Operating Systems Supported
Mac OS
System Requirements
Intel-based Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher required

Minimum 2 GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)

700 MB hard drive space for Parallels Desktop installation, plus space to allocate to your virtual machine

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks; OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion or later; OS X 10.7.5 Lion or later; OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later

Internet connection required for product download, activation, updates, and select features

Requires Windows or other operating system (not included)


Latest OS support
Want to use OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Windows Blue (8.1)? It works!

Windows 8 is easier to use with Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
Unlike the "Start button" planned for Windows 8.1, we bring back a "real" Start button experience, giving you the Windows 7 Start menu experience.
Run Modern (Metro) apps in a window instead of full screen - you can use them side-by-side.

Shared DropBox and Google Drive folders
When using Dropbox and Google Drive from both your Mac host and your Windows guest, your files get duplicated. This feature fixes that so you get optimal storage space.

Power Nap Support
With Power Nap, your Retina Display Mac or MacBook Air sleeps but your Mac applications stay up-to-date, so you have the latest information when your Mac wakes up. This functionality is now brought to the Windows virtual machine, e.g., running Microsoft Outlook.

Seamless workflows
Connect Thunderbolt and Firewire storage devices and designate them to connect to your Windows virtual machine.

Better graphics than ever, longer battery life, pure power throughout.

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  • Sean P.
  • 8/13/2014 11:33:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Perfect for those who love their Macs, but have to use Windows products (Internet Explorer) for certain classes and websites.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I had heard about Parallels from a co-worker, and at first wasn't sure if I needed it. Then as I got into school work and noticed I needed to use IE for certain sites, I decided to try out the product. Parallels 8 was fantastic, but 9 is even better, runs faster, more options and doesn't seem to eat up as much memory as the older version. I love the fact of being able to run OS Mavericks and Windows 7 on the same machine at the same time.

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  • Erwin S.
  • 8/13/2014 8:35:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery Well Documented Software

Pros: The software appears to be very stable. Whenever I have a question, I can Google it and find the answer either in online documentation or forums. I only needed to use their other support once and response was excellent.

Cons: Haven't found any

Other Thoughts: In these days of software with almost no documentation, Parallels desktop is a refreshing change. It is well that it is. I am a Mac newbie and wanted to still be able to run some Windows programs on my MacBook Pro, so I bought Parallels immediately after receiving my Mac. This is a situation where if something doesn't work in Windows, you're not sure who to contact, Apple, Microsoft or Parallels. I found that typing my question into Google would almost always yield an answer either from the Parallels documentation or its forum, so I have had to rely on direct support only once. My Windows in Mac clothing has been doing all I have expected of it.

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  • Curt J.
  • 8/7/2014 6:48:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsParallels 9

Pros: Access to my work

My virtual machine runs as fast as a Windows laptop. With Parallels 9 I have all my OS X and Windows work with me all the time. All my windows programs work correctly, and moving files between OS X and Windows is seamless. Use this emulator for whatever you need to do and it should work.

Cons: None

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  • James P.
  • 8/6/2014 11:06:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsParallels - works for me

Pros: Believe the performance was much better that VM on an aging Macbook Pro running Mavericks OS X 10.9
Cost less than upgrade needed for VM.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: So much better......

I had to make a choice because of the recent release of Apple's new OS - Mavericks. I had been a constant user of VMWare for years, but when I was forced to upgrade my virtual environment because the version of VM that I had would not work, I decided to do an evaluation. WOW!! Performance was much better and ease of use still there. Migration from my old VM to Parallels was a snap. Bottom line - glad I made the switch. Cost was lower as well!!

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  • Ivan R.
  • 8/6/2014 9:32:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Software!!

Pros: I love Parallels, it lets me have access to my MAC and Windows OS without having to reboot. Due to work related issues I am unable to open some of the software we use in the MAC OS and with Parallels everything works great letting me run those programs in windows.

Cons: None found

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  • David P.
  • 8/3/2014 2:00:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes exactly what it's supposed to do.

Pros: Just plain works, I've been fixing people's computers so I had to know how Windows 8 works... Windows is perfectly happy running on a virtual machine and doesn't seem to know the difference from a real machine.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I've used Parallels for various purposes for years, it always does the jog.

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  • PAUL L.
  • 7/30/2014 4:33:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery Useful

Pros: Excellent resource for graphics programs that otherwise would be unavailable,

Cons: None that I can see.

Other Thoughts: I am able to use techniques in those Windows programs that I do not have on the MAC programs.

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  • David A.
  • 7/30/2014 8:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: I use a Macbook but have a few applications that only run on Windows. This product makes it all work for me.

Cons: Consumes disk space equivalent to a full Windows environment

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  • Joel D.
  • 7/29/2014 2:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThere's none better!

Pros: 1..The software walks you through the entire process--great for techheads AND novices alike.

2..It uses a reasonable amount of memory (even when you make it use less, it works great).

3. It runs Windows (gasp!) better than Windows has ever run on my PCs.

4. It allows you to run Windows-only software.

5. Dropbox and Google Drive Integration.

6. Drag/Drop or Copy/Paste from Mac to Windows--amazing!

Cons: 1. It's slow loading from Application launch to Windows log in. Perhaps that's a function of Windows, but you'll still click it and have time to get that cup of coffee.

2. Although the virtual machine is stable, Windows is still Windows and you'll not going to have any assistance from Parrallels when solving the Windows-esque issue of suddenly forgetting where the printer driver is.

Other Thoughts: Parallels is the standard by which all virtualization software should be measured. It walks you through everything from partitioning to installing Windows. And as it runs alongside your Mac environment, it doesn't hog an unacceptable amount of system resources.

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  • Chris D.
  • 7/17/2014 9:36:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Virtualization Product

Pros: I use Parallels to facilitate developing Windows applications on my Mac. Stable, fast and works every time!

Cons: None.

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