CROSSOVER SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Parallels launched Desktop 10 for Mac on Wednesday, adding support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite release.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac arrives over a year after version 9 was released in April 2013, along with a dedicated Enterprise Edition allowing users to run Windows applications seamlessly alongside native Mac OS X applications. Parallels supports both Windows 7 and Windows 8, along with Google's Chrome OS and the Android mobile operating system, as well as a number of Linux operating system distributions.
In this latest release, Parallels boasts that it brings many of the announced features of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite to Windows and Windows applications, software that one million people are already using thanks to Apple's Yosemite beta programme. These features include support for iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac also adds ease of use and performance improvements allowing users to open documents up to 48 percent faster, along with a 30 percent improvement in battery life.
"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," said Parallels president Jack Zubarev.
"With Parallels Desktop 10 customers can enjoy new levels of productivity without having to worry about whether the app they need is available on a specific operating system - Parallels creates a world of compatibility at home, work and on the road.”
Also new is Parallels' Desktop for Mac 10 Enterprise Edition, which the firm claims is "the best way to provide applications Windows applications on Macs in a corporate environment".
New features included in this release include the ability for admins to select and enforce a USB policy, install Mac OS X guests from an image on the corporate network, force encryption of Mac OS X virtual machines, and check the status of licences and reclaim seats directly.
Pricing for the standard edition is £64.99, while the Student Edition is available for £32.95. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 for Mac customers cost £34.99. µ
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