I’ve been an Apple computer user since 1979 (Apple ][ 48K), and have enjoyed the MacOS and iOS ever since. But, from time to time, I need to see or use something in the Windows world, so a virtual machine (VM) on my Mac is a very good solution.
I believe Parallels 10 is the easiest, fastest, and most powerful solution for running Windows on Mac without rebooting. According to the company, this has been the number ONE choice of Mac users for over 8 years, with over 5 million copies sold. It is fully optimized and enhanced for OS X Yosemite. With the latest version, we now use cool features like “click to call” with iPhone, send with iMessage, and more from Windows apps.
For “switchers” from PC to Mac, Parallels makes it easy to get all of their files, applications, browser bookmarks and more from the PC to the Mac just by following the Wizards. with support for 16vCPUs and 64 GB of RAM, this VM will run even the most demanding applications with ease. It can use Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Access and 100s of other applications not available on the Mac, including the new Windows 10.
I like how Parallels will adapt itself while setting up my Windows virtual machine, automatically tuning for what I’ll use it for the most such as productivity applications, design, development or games. For me, even more importantly, its not just for Windows because it will run a wide array of operating systems including OS X Snow Leopard (allowing access to AppleWorks and other legacy software), Windows 8.1 & 7, Linux and Google Chrome.
This versatility means I have many computers in my one powerful Mac. I can stay in the Mac environment while launching Windows apps from the Dock, and using OS X gestures in Windows apps, plus copy & paste and drag & drop between Mac and Windows (and other operating systems).
There have been numerous improvements in Parallels 10 (I’m currently using 10.2.2) including iCloud Drive Support allowing me to “Save As” to iCloud Drive in Microsoft Office to DropBox, Google Drive and more. I can “right click” on a phone number in Outlook or Internet Explorer to place a call with my iPhone, or “right click” on selected text and select “Share with iMessage” which will send it with iMessage (if the recipient isn’t using iMessage, it will send via SMS using my iPhone).
Remarkably, with all of its features, the battery on my MacBook Pro 15” retina is still extended by up to 30%. Windows documents now open 48% faster, while VM use 10% less Mac memory. One amazing click and Parallels will automatically set my virtual machine settings for optimal performance based on what I do most. My virtual disk is even automatically compacted while I work, so it takes only as much space on my hard disk as it really needs.
There are many other “cross over” techniques, such as when I install Windows apps, Parallels automatically adds them to the Mac Launchpad. I don’t have to remain exclusively in the PC environment in order to be productive, but also take advantage of Mac controls. Moving files and information between operating systems has never been easier. There is much more that I could review, but suffice to say that I am very pleased with the power, versatility, ease-of-use and efficiency of this VM.
For more information, go to parallels.com where Parallels 10 be purchased for $79.99 ($49.99 to upgrade from earlier version). You can even try free for 14 days before you buy, to see why this is the leading Virtual Machine on the market today. There are others that are free, but none measure up to this power and Mac interconnection.