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Parallels 11 Desktop: Rendering influential virtualization solutions for OS X and Windows

Parallels 11 Desktop is a powerful virtualization solution which enables Mac users enjoy OS X and Windows 10 simultaneously. More impressively, it allows users run Windows app next to OS X apps, without booting into different environments. VMWare Fusion also works similarly to Parallels, but Parallels offers marvelous performance and deep integration with Apple OS. With Parallels 11 Desktop, Windows launch and shutdown is 50% improved and faster, and network performance is enhanced with 25% better battery life through a Travel Mode feature. The latest version of Parallels supports OS X “El Capitan” and Windows 10, and it commits superb support for Cortana and integration improvements consisting of Force Touch support.


Virtualization has been a vital part of Mac’s success extensively by allowing Mac users run popular applications and games. Now, Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion have emerged as two key solutions, known for superior performance, improved battery life and, deep integration between the OS X and the Windows for running both apps side-by-side with OS X apps on the OS X desktop. This potential is called Coherence in Parallels and it is also the default mode for Windows-based VMs. After Windows 10 installation in a Parallels VM, Windows 10 is seen as an icon in the OS X Dock that launches apps or accesses Cortana, using the Windows 10 Start menu. With solid integration, you can enjoy common Windows interfaces from the OS X menu bar. Go for following Windows or OS X keyboard shortcuts:

  • COMMAND + Q to quit a Windows 10 app.
  • COMMAND + TAB to switch between running apps frequently.

Mac users can also copy and paste and drag and drop between OS X and Windows apps. Useful for Mac users, Parallels Desktop can be utilized in a P2V (physical to virtual) migration scenario for the purpose of virtualization of old PC environment. Users who start from scratch need to go for a clean Windows install with some initial investment. Here, users have two choices:

  • A normal clean install in a VM
  • Using an existing Boot Camp install

Both of these methods are useful for Windows installation, but the second option installation with Boot Camp performs more quickly with some product activation complexities. It is likely that Windows, in Parallels, may perceive the physical Boot Camp install as one PC and the hybrid-virtual install as another PC on the other hand. So, it may not activate properly. Some apps may also see these two installs as separate installs. It is recommended that users should only use Boot Camp it in Parallels after they “move” a Boot Camp install to a Parallels VM in order to avoid regular activation issues.

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