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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac



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Designed for users who are switching from PC to Mac, and the home or student user who frequently needs to use non-Mac apps.

  • Optimized for macOS Sierra
  • Includes smart & simple one-touch tools
  • 500 GB incremental online free backup* (for 1 year)
  • 8GB vRAM / 4 vCPUs for each VM



Run Windows and Mac apps side by side

Choose your view to make Windows hidden while still using the Windows applications, or keep the familiar Windows background & controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and macOS

Run Windows 10 & macOS with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana®, your virtual assistant, on the Mac system.

Switch from your PC to your Mac

It's remarkably easy to get all of your files, browser bookmarks, applications, and more from PC to your Mac. Just follow our setup assistant.

Robust Performance

Parallels Desktop Pro Edition provides your virtual machines more processing power. Up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine let you run even the heaviest applications.

Not just for Windows

Run a broad range of operating systems including OS X, Windows 10, 8.1 & 7, Linux & Google ChromeTM. You can run just almost anything on your Mac without compromising the speed!

Works with Boot Camp

Reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. Changing a virtual machine from Boot Camp is incredibly easier & more intuitive than ever.

One-click tuning

Select productivity, design, games, or development, and Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac will optimize your virtual machine settings & performance for you.

Business Class Software

Keep IT in control of end user licenses and Windows virtual machines with a Unified Volume License Key, centralized license management, and advanced security features are available in our Business Edition.


One-touch Tools

Imagine having a set of tools, with easy settings, to simplify daily tasks.

Take a screenshot with a simple click, protect your private files with a password, download your favorite video from YouTube or Facebook or any other places with little fuss. Easily record a screencast. Or keep your Mac on sleeping mode with the push of a button.

Now, with Parallels Desktop for Mac 12 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that & more, with one click!


Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is thoroughly optimized for MacOS Sierra—as a host or guest OS. With new retina display support, enjoy quick resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate screens.

Seamless Office 365 Integration now allows Word, PowerPoint or Excel documents in Safari to open in their native Microsft Office app.

Distraction free presentation mode for both Mac & Windows, including Keep Mac Awake, Hide Desktop Files, Do Not Disturb & Start in Full-Screen quick modes.

Free Acronis backup solution of 500GB storage included with Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac.

Retina Display support for Windows
  • Run Windows in full screen
  • Open files in Windows just by drag & drop
  • Open any site in Microsoft Explorer right from Safari browser
  • Apply Mac OS parental control to Windows apps
Windows alerts in Mac Notification Center
  • Mac dictation inside Windows applications
  • The number of Unread emails shown in the Dock
  • “Reveal in Windows Explorer” in OS X files menu
  • Linked clones for VMs*
  • Vagrant Provider*
16 vCPUs and 64 GB vRAM*
  • Nested virtualization for Linux*
  • Drag & drop files in OS X guests
Real-time virtual disk optimization
  • Create VM from VHD and VMDK disks*
  • Drag & drop to create VM
  • Disk Space Wizard optimizes your disk space
  • Shared folders and printers for Linux VMs
Windows apps in Launchpad
  • Power Nap in Windows
  • Use Force Touch to look up definitions
New Virtual Machine Wizard
  • Mission Control support
  • The Presentation Wizard prevents most projector issues
  • Drop files onto Outlook to create a new message
  • Multi-language Keyboard Sync
Share Bluetooth between Mac and Windows
  • Mac OS X Guest support
  • Spaces functionality for Windows apps
Mission Control exposes your Windows apps
  • DirectX 10 inside Windows
  • Thunderbolt support
  • Firewire support
USB-C and USB 3.0 support
  • Work without risk with Snapshots
  • Safeguard your VM with encryption
  • 2 GB video memory support
Finder Tabs work with Windows apps
  • and many more...


How to Run Windows on Mac Parallels Desktop for Mac 12

Optimized for macOS Sierra, with smart and simple Mac & Windows tools you’ve always wished you had at your fingertips.

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