Parallels just launched the latest addition to their Number-1-selling software for running Windows and Windows applications on a Mac, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. It comes with full support for the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update as well as the upcoming macOS Sierra.
Parallels have adapted their software to let some of the coolest updates from Windows 10 into the Mac. Last year, for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, they managed to enable Cortana usage within the Mac ecosystem via Coherence. For Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac this year, there is support for Windows 10 Xbox app, for streaming and playing all Xbox games – on a Mac! On the fun side of things, with their collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, Mac users now can launch Overwatch on their systems too!
An additional tool – which is also a standalone product – is made available with all versions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, called the – Parallels Toobox for Mac.
What is cool about the Parallels Toolbox for Mac? Check out the list below.
- Archive Your Files
Compress files with one click to use less storage space. Unarchive any archived files, RAR, zip, and more.
- Record Your Screen
Record a video of a screen, active window, or area.
- Take Screenshots
Screenshot a screen, active window, or area.
- Time Management
A set of handy, easy-to-use time management tools to keep you productive and on task.
- Convert a Video
Optimize your home movie or television shows for iPad or iPhone.
- Do Not Disturb
Avoid distractions so you can focus on the task at hand. When activated, all notifications and the Dock app animations are disabled.
- Do Not Sleep
Prevent your computer from going to sleep and your display from dimming. Ensure a task won’t be interrupted by disabling settings that would allow the computer to go to sleep.
- Download a Video
Download your favorite videos from the Internet: Facebook, Vimeo, and many more.
- Hide Desktop
Use this tool to hide all the files, folders, and other icons on your desktop when you’re doing a presentation, sharing or recording your screen, or taking screenshots.
- Lock Screen
Immediately lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access to your computer. No need to wait until the password-protected screen saver kicks in.
- Mute Your Microphone
Mute your computer’s microphone to prevent unauthorized or unwanted listening by other apps.
- Record Audio
Use this tool to record audio from your computer’s built-in microphone with a single click. You can record from an external microphone if it is selected as the input source in System Preferences › Sound.
Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available today for subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 10 and 11 (www.parallels.com/upgradedesktop12), and general availability is Aug. 23 online at www.parallels.com/desktop and at local retail and online stores worldwide.
The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is S$108.00. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 10 and 11 for Mac perpetual license customers are S$68.00, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Parallels Desktop Pro Edition subscription for S$68.00 per year for life.
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop Business Edition are available to new customers for US$99.99 per year. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Business Edition include a complimentary Parallels Access® (www.parallels.com/access) subscription to remotely access up to five Mac or Windows PCs from any device.
Parallels Toolbox for Mac is a feature of all versions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac which will also be available as a stand-alone subscription product for US$9.99 per year, including all new tools and updates planned for release every few months. Starting Aug. 23, a 14-day full-featured free trial can be downloaded and subscription purchased from www.parallels.com/toolbox.