CROSSOVER SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Parallels launched Desktop 9 for Mac on Thursday, which enables users to run Windows and Mac applications simultaneously on Apple Mac computers.
Parallels is the seven year old Mac OS X virtualisation software that lets Mac users run Windows applications.
New features include cloud storage optimisations for Apple's iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft's Skydrive. Parallels' Desktop 9 release also offers integrated Mac OS X features like Launchpad when running Windows applications and it will be compatible with Apple's upcoming OS X Mavericks release.
For Windows 8 users, Parallels Desktop 9 includes the missing Start menu and Windows Start button. It also features a security centre, an enhanced virtual machine setup wizard, power nap support, Mac gestures inside Windows applications, Thunderbolt and Firewire device support, a PDF printer for Windows, sticky multi-monitor setup, custom keyboard support and Linux guest integration.
"Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac customers will enjoy peace of mind knowing that Parallels keeps pace with and supports leading new technologies, such as the upcoming OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1 and increasingly popular cloud services," said Parallels CEO Birger Steen.
The company launched Parallels Access for iPad a couple of days ago, which is an iPad app that offers features similar to those of Desktop 9. Parallels Access for iPad requires a £54.99 annual subscription for each iPad tablet. A six month free trial of Parallels Access for iPad is included with Parallels Desktop 9.
Existing Parallels Desktop users can upgrade from today, 29 August, to Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac at the Parallels website. New customers will be able to buy Parallels Desktop 9 at retail and online stores as well as at the Parallels website starting on 5 September.
Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is priced at £64.95 and a student edition is available for £34.95. µ