Parallels Desktop 9 Release Date Set for September 5

Parallels Desktop 9 Release Date Set for September 5

Following the recent unveiling of Parallels Access, Parallels has introduced an update to their Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new version, Parallels Desktop 9, will be available from September 5, 2013, and boasts several enhancements:

  • Integration with cloud services: Users can now sync their iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive accounts with both their Mac and Windows virtual machines without duplicating files locally.

    Parallels Desktop 9 Release Date Set for September 5
  • Improved support for Windows 8 and 8.1: The update reintroduces the traditional Start menu and allows users to run Metro apps in a window rather than full-screen.

  • Security Center: A new one-stop shop for accessing and installing free security software to protect both Mac and Windows environments from viruses and malware.

  • Redesigned Virtual Machine Wizard: Setting up new virtual machines is now simpler, a boon for devices without DVD drives.

  • Extended Power Nap: This feature now supports Windows and its apps on Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, ensuring everything is current.

  • Mac gestures for Windows apps: Includes new gestures such as the Dictionary lookup in Windows applications.

  • Support for Thunderbolt and Firewire storage: These devices can now be connected directly to a Windows virtual machine for added convenience.

  • PDF printer for Windows: Users can print to PDF from any Windows application directly to the Mac desktop, regardless of native support in the application.

  • Sticky multi-monitor setup: Full-screen mode settings for Windows are retained when using external monitors.

  • Customizable keyboard: Editable shortcuts enhance the Windows user experience.

  • Enhanced Linux guest integration: Offers improved integration features for Linux users on a Mac OS.

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is priced at $79.99, with a Student Edition available for $39.99.

The Switch to Mac Edition costs $99.95. Current users of Parallels Desktop 7 or 8 can upgrade for $49.99 starting today.

Additionally, new customers of Parallels Desktop 9 will receive a six-month subscription to Parallels Access for Mac, valued at $39.99, at no additional cost.

A comprehensive review of Parallels Desktop 9 will be available on TUAW soon. Meanwhile, check out this brief video showcasing the new features.

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