iMore reviews Parallels Desktop 14: Windows on your Mac is now faster than ever

“One of the best and easiest ways to run Windows on your Mac is with Parallels Desktop. Parallels recently released version 14 of their flagship virtual machine software,” Christopher Spera writes for iMore. “With over 50 new features and improved performance, Parallels offers some compelling reasons to either hop on the bandwagon and upgrade or to jump in with both feet and take the plunge as a first-time buyer.”

Parallels Desktop 14 fully supports Mojave’s Dark Mode, one of macOS’ most anticipated pieces of eye candy. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is that Parallels Desktop 14 is 35% faster than previous versions; and it was immediately noticeable, too. This means that existing VM’s really move. Based on my limited experience running both a Windows 7 and Windows 10 VM, I can attest to the increased speed,” Spera writes. “The new version also uses a great deal less space. Your VM’s can be up to 20GB smaller, with automatic disk monitoring.”

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac
Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac

“I tend to run in Coherence mode, which hides the standard Windows Desktop and allows you to run a Windows app side by side with native Mac apps, sharing and swapping data back and forth between both, if you like. The operations are smooth, and for the first time, completely seamless,” Spera writes. “Parallels Desktop 14 is the flagship consumer product from Parallels and is available via free trial or to purchase new for $80 or as an upgrade for $50.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Certainly, if you’re going to pollute your mac with Windows, Parallels Desktop 14 is the way to do it!

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac launches, saves up to 20GB of virtual machine storage space, starts four times faster – August 21, 2018


  1. I agree. For the first time, I run the Coherence mode which is a bit jarring to see Windows apps on a Mac, takes a bit of getting accustomed to.

    Do I like having to use Windows, but as web developer for the last 15 years, I would be kidding myself if I didnt test on Windows browsers.

  2. Parallels has been THE goto Windows app for a long time and glad to see it getting better.

    In business there is almost no way to easily deal with Win-only apps-files without Parallels, unless you like to lug a 2nd laptop around.

    Only flaw to date with Parallels has been anti-piracy methods used by some apps with their serial #s that stop working in Parallels. I understand it but don’t like it. But then there is Boot Camp for those Apps.

  3. Tried out the latest version but the cost is just not worth it for the limited needs I have to run Windows.

    VirtualBox is less polished but it is free and would suit most casual Windows users.

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