Parallels has released the latest version of its Desktop for Mac software that lets Apple users run Windows applications alongside native software on their Mac, adding support for the upcoming OS X Yosemite.
Available from today, Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is designed to allow users to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand by letting them run Windows applications seamlessly alongside native OS X software.
Parallels president Jack Zubarev said: “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.”
Like earlier releases, it achieves this by running Windows applications inside a virtual machine, but giving users the option to see the full desktop or just the application they are running. It also supports Chrome OS and Android as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In Parallels Desktop 10, the firm claimed it is bringing many of the announced features of the forthcoming Mac OS X Yosemite release and making these available to Windows and Windows applications.
This includes support for iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, according to Parallels, as well as control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook.
Also new is an updated Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, which offers IT administrators control over the way Parallels Desktop operates on end user Macs within their company.
Among the new features is the ability to select and enforce a USB device policy, install OS X guests from an image on the corporate network, force encryption of OS X virtual machines, and check the status of licences and reclaim seats directly.
Among other improvements, Parallels claimed that Desktop 10 offers a boost to battery life of up to 30 percent, and can start up new virtual machine instances with default settings for Microsoft Office 2013 applications 50 percent faster than earlier versions.
Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available now as an upgrade for existing users, while the full version will be available from 26 August.
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.
Customers also receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the Parallels Access app, which offers remote access to PCs and Macs from iOS and Android mobile devices.