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Parallels Version 10 Lets You Run Windows on Macs

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Whether you're on a Mac or a PC, Parallels can help soothe your frustrations when you run into program compatibility issues. The popular program is renowned for letting you access a Windows device on a Mac (or vice versa), and with Parallels Desktop 10 launched today (Aug. 20), doing so will be a smoother experience than ever.

Starting today, Parallels version 8 or version 9 users can upgrade to the latest version for $50, while others can buy the new edition from Aug. 26th for $80. The company is also offering a Student Edition for $40. Each Parallels Desktop 10 purchase comes with a free 3-month subscription to the Parallels Access app, which supports up to 5 Macs or PCs and an unlimited number of iOS and Android devices.

MORE: A Guide to Switching From PC to Mac

According to Parallels, the new version is supposed to open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster, and launch Office 2013 apps up to 50 percent faster than previous versions. The virtual machines also use up to 10 percent less Mac memory and less power, therefore increasing battery life by up to 30 percent.

With version 10, new Windows apps installed on your Mac will automatically be added to the OS X launchpad. You can also drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the dock to open those files in the Windows environment.

You'll need OS X Lion or newer, or Windows 7 and up to run Parallels Desktop 10, and iOS 7 and later or Android 4 and beyond to use Parallels Access 2.0. Parallels Access lets you control your desktop via your mobile device, and costs $20 a year. The company is offering a free 2-week trial of Access, which came to iPhone and Android earlier this year.

Staff Writer Cherlynn Low loves her PC, but occasionally cheats on it with Macs. Follow her @cherlynnlow and on Google+. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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    Johan Kryger Haglert , August 19, 2014 10:00 PM
    So it's just like all the other versions of Parallels?
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    ihxinfi , August 20, 2014 2:25 AM
    Slow news day?
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    palladin9479 , August 20, 2014 4:26 AM
    WTH.... where did Toms get this writer? A Mac is a PC. The word PC stands for personal computer which includes Macintosh, MS Windows, BSD, Solaris and the various flavors of Linix. Technically you could get QNX to work as a "PC" if you could find some sort of office software for it.
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    kawininjazx , August 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    You don't say...
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    edmoncu , August 20, 2014 5:48 AM
    So does older versions of Parallel right? That's a great feature!
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    the great randini , August 20, 2014 6:45 AM
    or you could just buy a windows machine, pay 50% less and not have to buy Parallels
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    jhansonxi , August 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    WTH.... where did Toms get this writer? A Mac is a PC.

    The market perception is that they are different due to the historical architectural differences back in their pre-x86 days. This perception is helpful for keeping consumers form mistakenly buying software that is incompatible with their systems enven though the current differences are mostly the OS. There was much confusion surrounding ARM-based Windows RT tablets because consumers thought they were the same as the x86 versions.
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    chicofehr , August 20, 2014 8:44 AM
    I install windows on macs for free in my town. Yes, seriously. Way better then this :p 
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