An In-Depth Look At Parallels Desktop
Description: Parallels Desktop for Mac offers a hardware virtualisation solution for MAC computers with Intel-based processors. Parallels Desktop gives the user the ability to run many different operating systems from the same PC. Unlike other virtual machine software that allows multiple operating systems to be installed on one computer, this software allows only one operating system per PC. Since 2021, Parallels Desktop has been developed by Parallels as a subsidiary of Corel Corporation.
What does this mean? Put, by using Parallels Desktop, you can use many different operating systems, including those not manufactured by Microsoft. Having a virtual machine with the same operating system on the same PC, there is a massive benefit to booting up multiple virtual machines and having them all utilise the same features from your choice’s operating system. When booting up, all the different programs and processes are running in the background without you having to remember which program was used last.
Boot times and overall performance with Parallels Desktop have greatly improved since the last time I tested it. They are no more booting up multiple times and hitting a snag in the middle of it. The programs, files, and settings are all opened at the same time with no problems. You are no more waiting on an error message to get an option that you want to select. Parallels Desktop boots up smoothly and quickly, no matter what you are doing.
What about apps? Is it possible to use any app from any of the many different manufactures and brands available for the Macintosh OS? Not possible – but that is another subject for another article. The great thing about Parallels Desktop for MAC is that it is fully virtualised. This means that all the programs and features are functioning exactly as they would on your computer, but you don’t have to install anything. Just open up Parallels Desktop and begin to use any applications from any manufactures that you like.
There are several virtual desktops available in Parallels Desktop for you to choose from, but my favourite is the one I use most often, the Macbook Air. The crisp display, excellent keyboard control, the large trackpad, the lightweight, ergonomic keyboard, the widescreen, and overall portability make the MacBook Air one of my favourite laptops. It’s just the perfect size for travelling – you won’t notice the difference in size when you are in a crowded aeroplane or bus. If you have a lot of equipment and a desk job that require you to travel frequently, then the MacBook Air is perfect for you.
Parallels Desktop is also great for those who are considering switching over to the Linux operating systems. Since the Mac OS is similar to its counterpart, Linux, many users find it challenging to switch. However, once they understand how much functionality the MacOS has versus its Linux counterparts, the change becomes much easier to handle. With Parallels Desktop, you can easily switch from Windows to Linux with the click of a button. You will not lose any data or programs that you currently have on your current operating system.
Parallels Desktop is not perfect; however, like any new technological innovation, there are some flaws. The biggest problem I have seen is the Mac OS X Tiger being unable to boot up after having shut down previously. This issue has only recently been corrected, but it does affect users of the Parallels Desktop with the older Mac OS X operating systems. Other complaints with the software are the lack of USB ports on the Mac OS X and the lack of desktop integration of the Parallels Desktop software itself.
Overall, the Parallels Desktop is an excellent product that offers exceptional functionality for those who like to use multiple platforms but are not tied down by one operating system’s restrictions. Overall, the Mac and Linux operating systems have their pros and cons compared, which is why it is essential to do your research before purchasing Parallels Desktop. If you take your time and perform a lot of research online, you should be able to find an excellent coherence mode for both Mac OS X Leopard and the Parallels Desktop, which make for a highly versatile piece of software.