Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac Comes With High Sierra Support and Touch Bar Integration

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Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac got its official release on Tuesday. The thirteenth version of the Windows virtualization software comes with numerous new features including support for macOS High Sierra and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.


Top of the features list is Touch Bar support, enabling owners of compatible MacBook Pros to use the OLED strip with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as additional integration for the Windows Start Menu and Desktop, including Cortana, Task View, and Taskbar pinned elements. A Touch Bar Wizard also allows users to customize the Touch Bar and add their favorite Windows applications.

New dynamic resolution support mean users can change the window size of their Windows session, with booting and rebooting speed said to be faster and smoother as a result. Meanwhile, enhanced support for Retina displays should see better scaling of Windows applications on Mac screens.


A new Picture-in-Picture mode aims to let users monitor their virtual machine with ease, while support for the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar promises to allow users to view recent contacts in the Windows Taskbar or Mac Dock.

More generally, Parallels claims over 47 percent faster access to Windows files and documents compared to the previous version, faster file transfers over USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt SSD devices, and up to 32 vCPU and 128GB vRAM per virtual machine with Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, with code for all new versions optimized for macOS High Sierra (10.13) and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.


Elsewhere, Parallels claims over 30 new additional tools can be found in version 13 that simplify everyday tasks on Mac and Windows. They include a drive cleaner, video conversion, a file archiver, a GIF creator, a video downloader, Do Not Sleep and Do Not Disturb modes, a Lock Screen, and the ability to temporarily hide files on the desktop, amongst many others.

Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac costs $79.99 for a new license. Existing users of Parallels Desktop for Home and Student can upgrade to V13 for $49.99, with a time-limited offer enabling users of the Desktop Pro Edition to upgrade for the same price (usually $99.99). For more pricing details, see the Parallels website.

(Thanks, Ulric!)

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Ribitsch

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This update is ridiculous imho
There was a time, when they had improvements in graphics and overall performance with two digit numbers
Not worth the price despite using parallels since version 8 and therefore I'm a parallels fan (but the last versions bring only support for new windows and macOS versions)
 

Aston441

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That moment you look at the mac UI with the windows UI nested inside of it and realise you'd rather look at windows
Unfortunately for me, I still have to use Windows sometimes. I've never liked the aesthetic, going back to Windows 2.0.

My favorite UI was NeXT, and there is a poor copy available to layer over Linux if you want, but that's not for getting stuff done in the real world.

OS X, or whatever it's called now, is OK. I wish they'd get rid of the title bars though at the top of the screen and put everything back into the dock and program spaces. The bar at the top was great in 1984. Now, not so much, especially on a big screen.
 
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deany

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Unfortunately for me, I still have to use Windows sometimes. I've never liked the aesthetic, going back to Windows 2.0.

My favorite UI was NeXT, and there is a poor copy available to layer over Linux if you want, but that's not for getting stuff done in the real world.

OS X, or whatever it's called now, is OK. I wish they'd get rid of the title bars though at the top of the screen and put everything back into the dock and program spaces. The bar at the top was great in 1984. Now, not so much, especially on a big screen.
Bar at the top can be hidden in macOS.
 

Winni

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Sometimes I wish Apple would slow down the new version releases so these companies didn't have an excuse for the annual upgrade shakedown.
Yeah, the Apple ecosystem is a place where you constantly have to pay for something just to keep things working.
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The bar at the top was great in 1984. Now, not so much, especially on a big screen.
The fixed menu bar at the top of the screen was already a dumb idea back in 1984, it only got worse with large screens or multi-screen setups.
 

Winni

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That moment you look at the mac UI with the windows UI nested inside of it and realise you'd rather look at windows
And the moment I see people using Windows in a VM on a Mac to get their work done, it always becomes so obvious that even in 2017, the Mac - just like a Linux system - isn't able to fully replace a Windows desktop. There's always some work-related software missing.
 

StevieD100

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That moment you look at the mac UI with the windows UI nested inside of it and realise you'd rather look at windows
No I wouldn't. I'm done with Microsoft after 20+ years of developing software for it and there is no way I'm going back.
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And the moment I see people using Windows in a VM on a Mac to get their work done, it always becomes so obvious that even in 2017, the Mac - just like a Linux system - isn't able to fully replace a Windows desktop. There's always some work-related software missing.
You mean those VB apps that need IE6 to run? :)

Developing software for windows was mostly a PITA the moment you strayed away from Visual Studio.
And don't get me started on the poor substitute for 'cron' that they had.
 

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The yearly gouging was awful. Then, after they changed their licensing scheme and enforced one copy per machine (meaning I could no longer run the same licensed version at work and at home) I was forced to buy another copy for the office because I was in a bind when this change took effect. As soon as I could after that I switched to Fusion where they allow the same licensed copy on up to 3 (I think) machines you own. Those greedy Parallels folks don’t care that I can’t be in two places at the same time, and only an idiot would pay these people *twice* every year for upgrades. They turned me from a user to a staunch advocate against them.
 
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