Parallels Desktop 9 Brings OS X Features to Windows VMs
Parallels early Thursday announced Parallels Desktop 9, the latest version of the company’s virtualization software that lets Mac users run Windows, Linux, and recent versions of OS X as virtual machines.
Parallels Desktop 9 arrives a little less than a year after Version 8 and focuses primarily on further integrating the user experience between OS X and Windows environments. New features include the ability to share a single copy of data stored on various cloud services such as Dropbox and SkyDrive between host and guest operating systems; Windows integration of various OS X features such as on-the-fly dictionary lookup; and Power Nap support, enabling Windows apps inside virtual machines to receive the same periodic updates as their OS X counterparts while the computer sleeps.
Windows 8 also gets some attention in Desktop 9. Users running a Windows 8 or 8.1 virtual machine can enable a Start Menu replacement (something heretofore only available via third party software add-ons) and even run Modern UI (a.k.a. Metro) applications in separate windows on the Desktop.
New customers can pick up Parallels Desktop 9 for $79.99 while existing users can upgrade for $49.99.
Update: The Parallels website is still displaying information related to Parallels Desktop 8. Info for Desktop 9 should be available shortly.
We’ll have a full review of the software in the coming days, and we’ll be working with The Mac Observer to perform benchmarks comparing the performance difference between Parallels Desktop 8 and 9. Stay tuned!