Update: Our full review and benchmarks of Parallels 10 is now available.
Parallels has just launched the next version of its OS X virtualization software. Parallels Desktop 10 brings a number of performance enhancements and new features aimed at further bridging the gap between host and guest operating systems. We’ll have a full review and performance benchmark coming up shortly, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the key new features:
- Full support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
- Microsoft Office documents in a Windows guest OS open up to 48 percent faster
- Up to 30 percent longer battery life for the host Mac
- New Disk Space Wizard, which reclaims disk space from virtual machines
- Less memory usage by virtual machines
- Full integration of OS X sharing features (Twitter, Messages, Facebook, etc.) in Windows applications like Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office
- Snapshots of existing virtual machines can be taken up to 60 percent faster
- Presets for creating new virtual machines that let users optimize specific uses (Productivity, Gaming, Design, Software Development)
- Network latency for Linux virtual machines improved up to 300 percent
Existing Parallels Desktop customers can upgrade now for $49.99. The full version of the software will be available for new customers starting August 26th for $79.99. Parallels competitor VMware is currently testing features slated for the upcoming Fusion 7 with a series of public “technology preview” builds, but there’s no word yet on when a full public release can be expected.
Stay tuned for a full review of Parallels Desktop 10, and more news of VMware Fusion 7.