• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for me

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I used to use Bootcamp with my old Macbook, but Parallels came with the new one so I decided to give it a shot. It works really well. Very quick and plays nice with Mavericks. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the configuration menu isn't that intuitive. If you want to change settings, you have to hunt through them to find what you're looking for. An example is if you want to change it from a VM that works like a single Windows screen to act more like a Mac program.

    I use it primarily for connecting to my office network and apps.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Massapequa Park

    Everything is perfect. only issue is I would like to be able to dedicate more of my RAM to my Windows.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great productivity software

    • Written by from SPRING

    When having a mac sometimes is good to be able to run windows apps or create a windows environment for testing and developing.

    This product offers a very neat interface and several capabilities when it comes to maximize the productivity of running to multiple OS in the same PC

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Best in Full Screen View

    • Written by from Nashville

    I have a MacBook Pro Retina with 2 Thunderbolt monitors. When I run Parallels in Full Screen mode on of the monitors, it's just like using Windows 7 (thank God). However, in Coherence mode -- which is my preferred mode -- I get a lot of freaky behavior. I still love the product but I do hope the next release fixes this problem.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best I have used till now

    • Written by from New delhi

    It has been a very useful and productive software to me. Mostly i like the cool features among which is the coherence which has improved since the latest update. I used many other products to run windows software(like codeweaver, wine, etc.) on my mac which didn't satisfy me but this one is farmost the best I have used. But still there are some bugs or problems in it as the pendrive doesnt shows up in the OS in parallels and the support team is not very responisve other than that the software is worth to pay for.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best of Both Worlds

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac combines the best of both worlds -- Mac and MS Office. MS Word 2011 for Mac is unusable with OSX Mavericks, but Parallels allows me to run Office 2013 with no problem -- until my wi-fi drops. Unfortunately, Parallels has a habit of disconnecting the Mac from wi-fi while maintaining the connection for the Windows virtual machine. This means that none of my Mac apps have internet access, but my Windows apps still do. This is unacceptable when running in Concurrence mode. Fortunately, there are some workarounds that are detailed in the forum, so the bug is fixable. It would be better if Parallels just fixed it on the next release. This is why I only gave it 4/5 stars.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A great way to use Excel!

    • Written by from Austin

    I bought this in order to run a copy of excel on my Mac. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to use the same shortcut keys, or that they would be more complex. During an intensive financial modeling workshop put on by an external vendor, I used Parallels with an external keyboard made for windows, and it worked extremely well. I'm so glad to have the best of both worlds!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    best of two worlds

    • Written by from MIAMI

    Parallels is great for business and personal use is like having two compares in one windows and mac .... the cat and the dog working together ... it is great
    hope they will make parallels for iPad with out the need of keeping the computer on with office

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrallels use with Apple IMAC

    • Written by from Cedar Rapids

    In December I purchased an I MAC desktop computer. I had some old software (Microsoft Money 97) that I have used strictly for balancing my checking accounts. I was able to load it in Parallels with Windows 8.0- that was a great surprise. Now I do not have to look for other Apple compatible software to do a similar task--- this is good since I have developed my own budget planning software over the years and I can also use this without other changes.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid product

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I like parallels a lot. I use it to run windows 7 ultimate, 64 bit and Oracle Linux 6.4 on my macbook pro. I do not like the IOS device integration. I use a VNC client instead on my iPad. I don't do this very often and quite frankly connecting to my desktop from a tablet is a solution in search of a problem. I also cannot back up a running image with time machine. It has to be shut down. This is not unusual and other virtual environment products act the same way.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Been using for 2 years, each update gets better

    • Written by from Sammamish

    I've been using Parallels Desktop for MAC for 2 years; 3 versions. Each upgrade the software gets better and better. I'm using Windows 7, but looking forward to upgrading to Windows 8.1 in the near future to take advantage of some new Windows 8 style apps.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No reason now not to buy a Mac

    • Written by from Warminster

    Having been a PC owner all my life the Mac impressed me with quality and simplicity. However unfortunately the software is still limited especially more technical titles like MS Project or VISIO. Not only does Parallels run windows seamlessly but in coherence mode you wouldn't know that windows was running in the background at all. Each Windows program opens as if it were native OS X. As an IT professional, this is one essential piece of software for all but the most basic mac user.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to Boot Camp

    • Written by from Lititz

    I run a demanding CAD program through Parallels with Windows 7 on my MBP Retina 15. It's been fantastic, and saves me the huge headache of using Boot Camp. Dual monitors gives me the best of both OS worlds.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for remote desktop

    • Written by from Ogden

    For my job, I need access to a remote desktop Quotewerks ro create proposals. since they do not have a Mac version, Parallels enables me to get access.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Duality

    • Written by from Dunstable

    I had till now been operating on Windows. The occasion for MAC'ing came. But I still 'Window' simultaneously. Its like becoming a superMac.
    I am still looking for some capabilities of Win in Mac but no loss time!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    the best of both worlds

    • Written by from Vejle

    it's fast, efficient, and works wonderful. Really nice that you don't have to restart your mac, to run windows programs. Easy to share files between mac os x and windows.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow, is right!

    • Written by from San Clemente

    Parallels 9 is an awesome program where you literally have a Windows computer running on your mac. I would highly recommend this to anyone except for the fact that it's not good to run games unless you have 16 gb of RAM, and the misc glitches that pop up every once and awhile.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good stuff

    • Written by from APO

    I use parallels almost daily. I love being able to run Windows and Linux on my Mac!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Product

    • Written by from Washington

    Parallels 9 is an excellent product that I highly recommend. I would give it a full five stars if the developers would do something about the product registration screen popping up EVERY time I restart it. I've registered my product at least a dozen times already. Not cool!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels works better the more current/powerful your Macintosh is

    • Written by

    About a year ago I had to rebuild my laptop on which I had installed a bootcamp partition in addition to my Apple OS. I had installed drivers on both sides that allowed each to read each others' files, but I had to reboot the laptop to move between the Windows and Apple OSs. After sitting down with a genius bar specialist, we came up with a solution to let both OSs read each other's files within a single partition by using Parallels. The only problem was that I was installing it in my five-year-old MacBook Pro. I had upped the hard-drive and memory as far as I could, but was still limited by the processor's speed. It wasn't until this June, when by the happy confluence of my birthday and Father's day being only a week apart, that I got a new MacBook Air. I transferred my disk data (using a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, which I highly recommend), and after adjusting a few settings, my systems now purr along, and I no longer wait for what seemed the eternities for the system to make the switches. Now If I could only reclaim an unneeded partition within the Parallels virtual machine I'd be set!

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