Hot on the heels of the announcement of Parallels Access, Parallels today announced the latest upgrade to the Parallels Desktop virtualization application. Parallels Desktop 9 will be available to the public on September 5, 2012, and includes a variety of new features:

  • Support for cloud services: Sync iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive etc., with your Mac and your Windows virtual machine without unnecessary duplication of files locally

  • Enhanced Windows 8 and 8.1 support: Parallels Desktop brings back the real Start menu and lets customers use Metro apps in a window instead of full screen

  • Security Center: Easily access and install complimentary security software subscriptions to keep the Mac and Windows virtual machines safe from viruses and malware, all from one location

  • Enhanced new Virtual Machine Wizard: It is easier than ever to set up a new virtual machine, especially on computers that don’t have DVD drives

  • Power Nap support: On a Retina MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, the Power Nap feature now extends to Windows and Windows apps, so virtual machines and all Windows applications are always up-to-date

  • Mac gestures inside Windows apps: Parallels Desktop now includes the addition of the Dictionary lookup gesture in Windows applications

  • Thunderbolt and Firewire storage device support: For convenience of everyday use, customers can connect those devices directly to a Windows virtual machine

  • PDF printer for Windows: Lets people print from any Windows application to a PDF on the Mac desktop, even if the application doesn’t have that functionality

  • Sticky multi-monitor setup: When using Windows in Full Screen mode and connecting to an external monitor, Parallels Desktop will remember settings and put the Windows virtual machine back in full screen mode on the remote monitor

  • Custom keyboard: Editable keyboard shortcuts help customize the Windows experience

  • Linux guest integration: Parallels Desktop customers who use Linux now have additional and enhanced integration with the Mac OS

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is priced at US$79.99, and the Student Edition is available for $39.99. Parallels Desktop 9 Switch to Mac Edition is $99.95. Upgrades are starting today for existing Parallels Desktop 7 or 8 for Mac customers for $49.99. Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac customers receive a complimentary six-month subscription to Parallels Access for the Mac when Parallels Desktop 9 is installed and activated, a $39.99 value.

TUAW will have a full review of Parallels Desktop 9 in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a short video demonstrating the new features.

Parallels Desktop 9 announced, available September 5 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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