Review: Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac

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Let’s be clear on one thing. I am not an Apple user. I understand the basics of how it runs, and I figured out early that most of the configurations are indiscernible to prying eyes or mouse-clicks unless you are the owner of the Apple device.

I jumped at the chance to co-habit with a Macbook Air for three weeks. It was a good experience that now leaves me with the crave to own a Macbook Pro. I grew up with Windows, and I learnt to use all the tools in Windows. When I had the opportunity to use a Macbook Air, one of the first thing I did was to head straight to the Control Panel, to create a separate Admin and User account.

Indeed, I think regardless of the operating system you used; this should be a practice to preserve. My experience using FreeBSD with a previous company taught me the importance of operating with just a user access while activating the administrative privilege via su or sudo.

Buying Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop12__screen2of2I have always maintained the statement that “on the first Apple device I use, I will run Windows on it!”. Well, in a way, I let that statement manifest, after installing Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac and then launching the application to install Windows 10.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, is more than just a virtual machine viewer or player. Parallels have enabled close integration with the Mac OS and also provided the option to launch a Windows application directly from the Mac interface – without booting into Windows as you will with Boot Camp.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, enables you to not only install Windows 10 but other older flavours of Windows. You can also install any of the Linux distributions. If needed, you can also install older and newer beta versions of the Mac OS! This ability depended on the system capability and storage space of the host machine. With the Macbook Air, I had only one choice – Windows 10.

 

The image above is an example of using the Microsoft Edge Browser, directly on the Mac OS. There is a function called Coherence. Coherence is where you run a Windows application directly on the Mac OS system. If you have seen the video, you will know that on powerful computers like the Mac Pro or Macbook Pro, you can launch Overwatch directly. The unique situation here is that at the time of this post, there are no Mac OS versions of Blizzard’s latest game, Overwatch. Coherence enabled users to play Overwatch in a native way on your Mac devices.

If you happened to use your Mac computers in the office environment, you might have a need to install accounting packages – based on the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Enabling Coherence meant that be it Overwatch or accounting software, your choice of system will not be limited to just operating systems or physical facilities of the Mac computer, you can install any applications you want – and it will run as per normal.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac handles all the operations behind the scene, so it appears to be a smooth handover of Windows applications.

Do you have any questions about Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac? Let me know in the comment box below, and we will respond and publish your questions accordingly.

 

In the meantime, please visit http://parallels.com/trial12 to get a copy to try out. Have fun!

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