Parallels Desktop Lite 1.4.0 update

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by vladobizik, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. vladobizik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2012
    Just a heads-up – Parallels Desktop Lite in the Mac App Store has just received a major update. I have always been really enticed by it, because it offers a huge chunk of Parallels speed and convenience but it’s completely sandboxed, adhering to all the Mac App Store rules, so it does not install all kinds of kexts and other invasive hooks into the system. Those always put me off from using Parallels.

    It used to be free to run macOS or Linux, with a subscription required to run Windows. I used to use the free version alongside VirtualBox. After the update, running any VM requires a subscription. It is $80 per year, which is IIRC on par with the “full” version of Parallels. Technically, it offers fewer features but I’d rather pay extra for having this sandboxed version of the software without all the bloat. Oh, and the best part is that the first year is free! I don’t know if this applies to new users too, because after updating it told me that I get the first year free as an existing user, so your mileage may vary.

    Although charging for running non-Windows machines is actually a user-hostile move on the surface, I’m for one glad it led me to bite the bullet, migrate my Windows VMs and uninstall VirtualBox. Nothing against it, but recently it has been pretty unstable and slow for me, and you really get what you pay for. Parallels Lite uses exclusively Apple frameworks and even though they may be technically slower than the custom Parallels ones in the standalone edition, it is still plenty faster for me than VirtualBox.

    I am not in any way affiliated with Parallels, I just feel that this version of Parallels is rather underappreciated, but I think it’s the best virtualization solution for Mac, so I’d encourage people to check it out. And even if you don’t end up liking it or if you don’t feel like paying subscription fees, you can use it completely free of charge for a year, and that’s actually pretty generous, especially considering it’s Parallels we’re talking about and we all know their business practices.
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I have never even heard of the lite version of parallels. One nice thing is that the normal parallels is bundled with parallels access, a great remote app for iPad users. I assume the same priced lite version from the Mac App Store does not include this?
  3. vladobizik thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2012
    No, as far as I know, it does not. I thought Parallels Access was a separate subscription, but I stand corrected.
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    The "Lite" version formerly allowed the free creation and use of Linux and macOS virtual machines, but the 1.4.0 release removes that functionality even if you already have existing virtual machines. Now it's required to pay for all platforms.
  5. iPhonagain macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2009
    Sooooo, that buyout from Corel wasn't such a good thing after all, eh? /sarcasm off now

    Edit: To be clear I love Parallels, just being my smarts self...
  6. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Another app ruined by Corel. First it was WordPerfect, now Parallels. They should stick to their draw and painting apps instead. o_O
  7. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    Edmond, OK
  8. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    I just installed 1.4 and noticed they wanted money for a sub. I don't do subs so reinstalled 1.3.3. Thanks for nothing, Corel.

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