The new version of Parallels

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I bought Parallels in the summer and now there appears to be a new version as every time I use it it’s trying to push me into buying it!

Does anyone know the key differences and do you think it’s worth upgrading to the latest one?
 

Absrnd

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Every year (with the new OS update) Parallels brings another (too much) paid update, with the latest and greatest, and even muuuuuuch faaaaaaaaster then the older version.

keep using the older one, if it works for you, just look what has been updated in the new version, and if it would benifit you.

Beware they always make it sound like you NEED the latest and greatest, or it might not work 100%, but that is bull :)

I stopped using Parallels, it was getting too expensive with those minor updates. :cool:

Looking on the site, it looks to be cheaper to skip 2 years of 50,- upgrades, the buy a new license for 80,-
 

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Every year (with the new OS update) Parallels brings another (too much) paid update, with the latest and greatest, and even muuuuuuch faaaaaaaaster then the older version.

keep using the older one, if it works for you, just look what has been updated in the new version, and if it would benifit you.

Beware they always make it sound like you NEED the latest and greatest, or it might not work 100%, but that is bull :)

I stopped using Parallels, it was getting too expensive with those minor updates. :cool:

Looking on the site, it looks to be cheaper to skip 2 years of 50,- upgrades, the buy a new license for 80,-
I can't really work out what's new, other than, as you say, 'guaranteed it will work' then this new, for developers option of 128bit performance and other metrics I've never heard of?!

Is VMWare Fusions still a thing? Maybe it's more cost effective and offers a more realistic pricing / upgrade lifecycle?
 

BasicGreatGuy

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I recently purchased Parallels 14, as there is a program I needed, that only works in Windows right now. I went with the yearly subscription, seeing how the company seems to release a new version every year. In a year, I will reassess my need. And if it warrants, I will subscribe again.

I do know that many (non-subscription based) forum members complain about the yearly upgrade fee.
 

alphaswift

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When I got my 2016 MBP, I bought Parallels to run Windows+Microsoft Project. I get the same Chicken Little messages but it still works fine. I think I'm about 3 versions behind right now. It keeps working just fine.
 

interstella

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Sep 29, 2013
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Same here. Their attitude of trying to get more money from me every time there's an OS update is really irritating. I only need Windows for a couple of things and as long a they work I'm not bothering to upgrade Parallels any more.
 

mpainesyd

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I inadvertently chose to automatically renew a subscription. I have now set a reminder for September 2019 to cancel my subscription before the next renewal. The old versions of Parallels work fine withe the legacy Windows software that I sometimes use. The only reason for upgrading Parallels is so that it works with the latest macOS. For me That is not worth a steep subscription.
 

jlc1978

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I bought Parallels in the summer and now there appears to be a new version as every time I use it it’s trying to push me into buying it!

Does anyone know the key differences and do you think it’s worth upgrading to the latest one?
Not sure of the differences but I am running it as well in Mojave and see no reason to upgrade. It runs the programs I use, mainly Office to check how a document looks in Windows, so upgrading provides no benefit.
 

jwolf6589

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Every year (with the new OS update) Parallels brings another (too much) paid update, with the latest and greatest, and even muuuuuuch faaaaaaaaster then the older version.

keep using the older one, if it works for you, just look what has been updated in the new version, and if it would benifit you.

Beware they always make it sound like you NEED the latest and greatest, or it might not work 100%, but that is bull :)

I stopped using Parallels, it was getting too expensive with those minor updates. :cool:

Looking on the site, it looks to be cheaper to skip 2 years of 50,- upgrades, the buy a new license for 80,-
Why would anyone or why would most corporations bother with Parallels when buying a PC would be cheaper?
 

jlc1978

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Why would anyone or why would most corporations bother with Parallels when buying a PC would be cheaper?
I can think of two reasons:
  • It's cheaper if you already have Macs and just need to run one or two Windows programs
  • As a VM, you can run multiple OS versions and different OS in one box; making it easier to test on different machines
 
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jwolf6589

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I can think of two reasons:
  • It's cheaper if you already have Macs and just need to run one or two Windows programs
  • As a VM, you can run multiple OS versions and different OS in one box; making it easier to test on different machines
Most corporations are Windows based but a few may use the Mac. But yes it’s good to be able to use Windows apps especially Office since it’s much better on Windows.
 

Flynnstone

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Why would anyone or why would most corporations bother with Parallels when buying a PC would be cheaper?
Speed!
I have very nice Dell work laptop. It’s a total dog due to anti virus suites.
My windows (7 or 10) run very well in a Vm. I don’t use email or surf the web in windows and generally close down net access in vms.
 

jlc1978

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Most corporations are Windows based but a few may use the Mac.
Very true, but some have a mix. One of my client's entire reserch group was all Mac while the rest of the company was all Windows. Parallels allowed the Mac users access to a few specific Windows programs while still using Macs.
 

phrehdd

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I can think of two reasons:
  • It's cheaper if you already have Macs and just need to run one or two Windows programs
  • As a VM, you can run multiple OS versions and different OS in one box; making it easier to test on different machines
It is as if you made your comment with myself in mind.

I run Windows in a virtual and Linux. I run the Windows for a couple of apps and Linux so I can practice and pass my Linux+ Cert and LPIC-1 Admin. I do admit that I miss some facets of the PC world but not enough just yet to go back. Maybe after I retire this laptop or Apple pulls another crazy one.
 
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