Parallels offers 60% off Desktop 7 for Mac to entice VMWare Fusion users to switch

Parallels Desktop 7 for MacParallels is making it easy for VMWare Fusion users to upgrade to the No. 1 selling software for running Windows on Macs by making the just-released Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac available to them for only $29.99 online. That’s $50 off the regular purchase price, a 60% savings.

More info about Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac here.

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30 Comments

  1. Wow, thanks, another example of the new guy getting the deal while the loyal user since version 4 gets to pay more. Cheers then. I sincerely hope this price will be extended to those of us who have always used Parallels

    1. No kidding. I own Parallels 6 but am expected to pay $20 more than someone else that has never previously purchased their software? Parallels has that setup totally backwards from the way it should be.

      1. I agree.

        They’re dissing their own customer base. I bought version 6 in the middle of June. The least they can do is offer the $29.99 upgrade price to us too, in addition to the VMWare Fusion switchers.

        Just dumb.

      1. Duh… of course not… that’s a stupid question.

        But the one you didn’t ask, and it’s the more appropriate one…. Is the money in your bank account worth any less to you now? The answer to that one is a resounding YES!!

        It’s worth about $50 less to me now than it would be if I had waited a week to purchase Parallels 7.

        1. Presumably you needed Parallels last week.
          The money left in your bank account has not decreased because Parallels offered a promotion. So the answer to that one is a resounding NO!!
          You paid what you must have considered to be a fair price. What is your problem. Whiny baby….

    2. I am right there with you. I have been using Parallels since version 3 and I am feeling burned right now. How can a company treat someone who is more likely to switch away from Parallels better than someone who has remained loyal throughout the years? All I can say is that unless we get the same deal as non loyal VMWare users, I will not be upgrading and I will probably never purchase Parallels again – no matter how much better they are.

  2. Dang. Just upgraded my Parallels 6 to version 7 last week, after I went to VMWare Fusion six months ago. P6 was just too slow Resuming, and often caused my whole system to bog down, even after I quit Parallels. P7 is much faster usually, although occasionally it still takes a couple of minutes to Resume. Other times it’s less than 30 seconds.

    1. I’ve heard so many “horror stories” like this that I’d sooner put Flash on my machine. No thanks. Been using VMware Fusion for years, and it covers my simple needs. I don’t play videogames or do other “heavy lifting” in the VM. And at this point, VirtualBox (free) is refined enough to cover most people’s needs.

  3. VM Fusion had a deal almost exactly a year ago that offered up their software for $9.99 if you already owned Parallels. I had Parallels 6 at the time (bought it with one of those bundles), so jumped at the VM Fusion offer.

    Now I have been able to upgrade to Parallels 7 for $20 less ($10 less if you could what I paid for VM Fusion), than I could have as a Parallels 6 owner.

    Weird.

  4. I still can’t justify the added expense of a Windows license. I’ll just keep my Winblows laptop for programs not on a Mac. I know this doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.

    1. Parallels transporter will transfer all of your PC, including the Windows OS & license over to your Mac. Then, I believe if you simply wipe Windows off your PC you will not be violating your license. Someone correct this if I’m wrong about the licensing.

  5. I’m getting rather disenchanted with Parallels…

    I’m a Parallels 6 user. From time to time, for no discernible reason, a task on my machine named prl_disp_service which is part of Parallels ends up taking up 99% CPU time. This happens whether I’m running (or had been running since last reboot) Parallels or not. I’m not alone in seeing this fault – many other people have reported it. What really sucks is that the first reports of this problem date back two years ago.

    You can guarantee that if they ever fix this bug it’ll only be in Parallels 7, forcing me to pay for an upgrade, which they’re going to charge me $20 more for than they’ll charge a VMWare user for a new license.

  6. No need free x86 virtual software available for the small amount of windows crap left to use.

    Pass on parallels. Pass on win 7, 8, 9 and 10 because it’s uncool to use.

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