Parallels Desktop Lite

Developer: Parallels International GmbH

Current Version: 1.1.0

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 230.9 MB - Download

Description:

Parallels Desktop Lite allows you to easily run Windows, Linux, and their applications on your Mac. 
You don't have to reboot your Mac to switch between operating systems or when switching between Mac, Windows, or Linux applications. 
 
Note: Existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop Lite. 
 
You can run Internet Explorer®, Quicken®, QuickBooks, and hundreds of other Windows and Linux applications not available on the Mac—and run them side by side with Mac apps like Pages® and Keynote®. Brought to you by the developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software. 
 
• Download and run Linux virtual machines – Free
• Install and run OS X® virtual machines – Free
• Install and run Windows virtual machines – Requires in-app purchase
 
With Parallels Desktop Lite, you can run the following operating systems in a virtual machine on your Mac: 
 
• Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and XP
• Most Linux distributions
• macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X El Capitan 10.11, OS X Yosemite 10.10, OS X Mavericks 10.9, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, and OS X Lion 10.7.x 
 
Note: Windows is purchased separately.
 
Seamless integration features between Mac and Windows, including productivity boosters built in. These features include, but are not limited to, the following:
 
• Use Mac gestures in Windows apps
• Time synchronization between Mac and Windows
• Mouse synchronization enables the mouse to move seamlessly between the Mac OS, Windows, and Linux
• Copy/paste formatted text between Mac and Windows
• Drag and drop files between Mac and Windows
• Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads—without duplication and saving precious disk space on your Mac
• Resize window to get desired Windows resolution
• 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 10.1
• Use Mac printers in Windows
• Share Mac location info with Windows
 
We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop Lite. If you have any problems or concerns, please contact us at http://www.parallels.com/products/lite/support/

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Release Notes:

This is a maintenance update that improves stability, performance, and compatibility with modern operating systems.

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by Clement77

This app fulfilled my dream - I aways been curious to test drive chrome os, and i always failed to install it on VM properly , what Prallels did, downloaded the image, installed the os and configured VM .. all i had to do is to sign in to Gmail , and play around… everything went seamless. Installing ubuntu was another seamless experince , i am very happy with it .

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
1/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by Rymem

It needs to stop adjusting my mouse tracking speed! - The app is great, except for one annoying thing that prevents me from using it. Whenever I start or stop a guest OS my Mac mouse speed is changed to be blazing fast. I hate this, and do not think that, by default, the app should adjust something like my mouse speed. It is very frustrating, and I got no support from Parallels support (via Twitter) where they told me not to use Apple’s standard bluetooth mouse and instead configure a USB mouse. What a terrible suggestion. Okay, Parallels, you fix this and I’ll update my review to be more positive. I was very glad to see the app come to the Mac, but in this terrible state, I just can’t use it without pulling my hair out.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by Clement77

This app fulfilled my dream - I aways been curious to test drive chrome os, and i always failed to install it on VM properly , what Prallels did, downloaded the image, installed the os and configured VM .. all i had to do is to sign in to Gmail , and play around… everything went seamless. Installing ubuntu was another seamless experince , i am very happy with it .

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
5/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by Twarge

Works! - Like a charm! I installed Ubuntu 16.10 from iso and it installed perfectly and allowed me to perform linux testing of command line programs. I am particularly fond of the auto-suspend function; seems to wake up super fast.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
5/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by Airslide

Best VM software I’ve used so far - First of all, I’m thrilled I can get this through the Mac App Store. I like having updates centralized and knowning that the applications are sandboxed and have to “play nice,” but I never really expected virtualization software to be available here. Parallels Desktop Lite runs my Linux VMs the fastest of any VM software I’ve used so far. The easy download and install function is great, and the default configurations are performant with relatively easy to understand machine settings. I primarily run it on a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro but my Linux VM even runs fairly well on my 2015 12” MacBook, which surprised me. Definitely recommend giving this one a go, especially if you are aiming to use a Linux distro as a guest OS (I have yet to try Windows, but I imagine it also performs well).

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
4/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by dastumer

Not compatible - I think this would work great, but I wasn’t able to try it. Upon launching, I got a message saying my mac isn’t compatible. The hardware specifications aren’t listed here, and were difficult to find, but it turns out you need a 2011 or newer mac to run it, a bit of a disappointment.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
2/5
Version 1.1.0
Review by NeedsWork

No option to access pre-installed bootcamp - It doesn’t appear the the Lite versiuon allows a user to access a bootcamp installation that is already installed on my MAC. That is fine but it would be extremely helpful to SAY THAT IN THE DESCRIPTION so I don’t have to waste my time checking your help menus, etc.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
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