Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS)

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Parallels RAS review by Elizabeth B.
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"Only Option I have to Fix a Specific Issue, Would Not Use Otherwise"

What do you like best?

It allows me to access the businesses banking information and utilize the functionality of their website, where I would not be able to do so utilizing my Mac OS based system otherwise.

What do you dislike?

It is VERY slow, take a while to boot, the graphics look like I'm on a computer from 2008, fonts on the web pages are minuscule and I am unable to resize the windows or adjust the fonts properly in order to be able to read them correctly. In short, I use this software because it's the only option I have, NOT because I like it and enjoy it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software solved a very specific issue I was having, however, I do not find it to be a very easy to use software. As a creative firm, my office operates on an entirely Mac based OS. However, my company's bank's website functionality only works through Internet Explorer or Edge (which is a whole different commentary on my bank!). So, in order to be able to access banking information for the business, I had to utilize this software in order to do so. However, it is very slow, take a while to boot, the graphics look like I'm on a computer from 2008, fonts on the web pages are minuscule and I am unable to resize the windows or adjust the fonts properly in order to be able to read them correctly. In short, I use this software because it's the only option I have, NOT because I like it and enjoy it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My firm, as a creative firm, operates on an entirely Mac based OS. The firm's banking website functionality only properly works on Windows based browsers such as Internet Explorer and Edge. Because you cannot run those browsers on an Apple system, I had to find a way to access our banking information. Parallels allows us to do that.

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Parallels RAS review by Matthias R.
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"for us an indispensable tool for many year"

What do you like best?

The feature set, performance and quality increased over the years.

What do you dislike?

the licensing changed some time ago and after Parallels purchased RAS from 2X the price unfortunately increased extremely and the german support office was closed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to access and use Windows applications and data from any device then Parallels RAS is for you.

Parallels RAS extends the server integrated RDP services outstandingly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since 2006 we are using RAS to connect a remote office with 6 workers and several remote workers at home or while travelling over VPN to our companie´s network. They use our local ERP system, MS Office and our unified messaging system with their RAS clients on Windows, OS X and even some with their iPad Pro.

What Remote Desktop solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Parallels RAS review by User
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"Parallels Systems"

What do you like best?

As a graduate student and researcher, I have enjoyed using Parallel2x over the last 2 years.I access Parallel2x 2-4x a day for both work to log into our private computer and also to access the various software programs that I need for school and work.

What do you dislike?

The one thing that I noticed about Parallel2x is that after a period of inactivity, or toggling windows between the Parallels system and my own Macbook Air, is that the Parallels environment will freeze, as in when I click areas where I can type text like to log back onto my remote computer, I cannot type anything. Usually, I log out of Parallels and then log back onto it, as this will resolve the problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Parallels and I have greatly enjoyed using it. I probably don't understand the full capabilities of the software, but in terms of remotely logging onto my desktop at work and the software programs there, I think it is an appropriate software to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business-wise, we use Parallels to remotely access our computers in the workplace so that we can use various softwares, such as ArcGIS and SAS.

Parallels RAS review by Avraham R.
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"Best Solution for seamless integration of Windows Products on Mac"

What do you like best?

Coherence - Beautiful integration but not without glitches. Can run Windows programs seamlessly.

What do you dislike?

When Windows goes into sleep mode, or your mac goes into sleep mode, any of the connected network drives will automatically get disconnected.

Also, when you freeze a state, if you haven't shut down certain programs they will cause problems when you try to unfreeze the state exactly as before.

Overall, these are small glitches with easy workarounds when you know to expect them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have only one or two programs that you need Windows for or you are developing for multiple platforms then Parallels is an awesome solution. If, however, you do a large portion of your work on Windows then having a dedicated Windows computer will probably be more efficient even though their service is seamless. It's still a bit slower (especially in graphic intensive programs like AutoCad)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are still a few programs out there that haven't been ported to the Mac and it is those that I need. Also, I use a right-to-left language on the Office Suite, which has only recently been implemented (this year) in Mac. Slowly, but surely, all the major programs are porting over to Mac. However, Microsoft Access is not yet here. As well as a few other programs.

Parallels RAS review by Nate D.
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"Great product, but requires yearly upgrade"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use; It works really well for running Windows inside Mac OS; it runs fairly fast, I have even been able to play some games through Steam pretty well inside it; it offers some nice Mac OS integration features; it will run a Mac Boot Camp partition inside Mac OS as a VM

What do you dislike?

They release a new version every year that you have to buy if you also want to upgrade to the newest version of Mac OS every year; to add to the problem of having to upgrade every year, it's a fairly expensive piece of software

Recommendations to others considering the product

I chose Parallels Desktop because it had the best performance of any similar software at running Windows within Mac OS. The price is fairly high, and it will require a yearly upgrade fee. If you want the best performance and compatibility for running a Windows VM and the cost is not important, then I do highly recommend Parallels Desktop. If you just need a simple VM solution for Windows, you don't need Boot Camp support, and performance is not an option or if you just need to run a Linux VM, then there are a few other cheaper solutions available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Parallels Desktop on my Mac primarily to test websites in Windows web browsers. It has also been very helpful when I need some Windows-specific piece of software or feature, such as reading and writing to an NTFS partitioned disk.

Parallels RAS review by Zhou Z.
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"Great if you need different versions of OS"

What do you like best?

You can install many types and versions of OS on a single machine (I use Mac) in order to use different software that is not available on your main OS or test for cross platform compatibility. You can switch easily between different instances of those OS.

The UI is beautiful and dummy-proof.

What do you dislike?

The speed to launch Windows is a little slow. But Windows launches slowly by itself.

Sometimes Parallels quits itself unexpectedly.

Sometimes I like the feature of launching a Windows application in its own window instead of in the Windows desktop. But other times I find it's annoying because I sometimes mistakenly launch Windows apps from the spotlight, and it takes a while to quit Parallel which is launching.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Parallel isn't free, and they release new versions frequently. Unfortunately you can't upgrade your purchased Parallel for free. Its main competitor, VirtualBox, is free. But in my opinion Parallel is easier to use than VirtualBox.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To use different software that is not available on your main OS or test for cross platform compatibility

Parallels RAS review by Drago H.
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"Control other OS with a single Software"

What do you like best?

Parallel Desktop is a single software where you can use and control other OS on Mac. You can use it for Windows, Linux, and even other OS.

You can customize parallel desktop setting such as binding keys. That's for ctrl key on windows to be cmd key on Mac. You can even start multiple window at a time. The best part is that you don't need to restart your mac to run the other OS, not like mac virtual harddrive where you have to restart Mac to load the windows.

What do you dislike?

Although Parallel Desktop is a great software to work with multiple OS on Mac. Some issues on it makes the user need time to make it fully functional, in short, it need time to be studied. and sometimes there's even a bug where mouse freeze and the key binding sometimes not recorded well. and it require a big space.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend anyone who like to use multiple desktop and multiple OS at once. Although you need time to use this, this is a great software where in the future will help you and your work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parallel Desktop let you install other OS on your Mac. so basically it solve problem where some software didn't have any Mac version. You can easily use Parallel Desktop to use Windows and use windows software that you need. Although there are some software that have both version, sometime, the Windows one are more updated.

Parallels RAS review by Guan-Jhih (Neil) H.
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"2-years experience on Parallels "

What do you like best?

Parallels Desktop supports Mac users running all windows softwares on Mac. It is quite useful because I needs Parallels Desktop when I am doing data analysis under windows system and writing assays under Mac at the same time. It could help connect two systems and it works well.

What do you dislike?

Parallels Desktop is very pricey but I have to keep upgrading Parallels Desktop and buying it every one or two years because old version Parallels Desktop do not support the new IO system. It is quite annoying for me, so I have to ignore the new IO to fit the old Parallels Desktop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I do analysis of the physic data, I can only use the softwate, Origin, under Windows but I have to run other simulation softwares under Mac. The only way is using Mac to run Parallels Desktop,

Parallels RAS review by Irfan R.
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"Ultimate experience with windows platform on top of OsX"

What do you like best?

The flexibility mainly offered by this product helps me to decide on each and every feature of my remote machine. Starting from ram, storage space to key combination. I even can change the shortcuts of copy paste from ctrl+c+v to cmd+c+v using this. Thus it gives me complete environment to work on windows while leveraging the power of mac. It also allows running a windows app directly inside mac osx.

What do you dislike?

Sometime it crashes or didn't respond as per setting/configuration. Specially the graphics related setting somehow gets disturbed. I remember when setting resolution of remote (window) machine to a particular resolution (don't remember the exact but I guess its 1600 x something), the mouse stops working.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone who are somehow bounded to windows or any other os can use this software to run multiple os without restarting the system. I specifically use it on my mac which gives tight integration on mac and every app of my remote machine behaves like its installed on my mac only.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do all my .NET development projects using this virtual machine only. This enables me to leverage the power of mac and allows me to use the windows platform without restarting my system. I haven't tried installing any os other than windows but I am sure that it would offer proper isolation for all the os. I found that allmy window apps are running in a way that it has been installed on mac itself. So being a developer practically I can run visual studio on my mac.

Parallels RAS review by Diego P.
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"Best Visualization tool for MAC users."

What do you like best?

It is highly recommended this application if you are a developer or even if you just need to make virtual machines in you MAC. It is very fast and the virtualization in windows is very very smooth. It share desktops between your host and the guest.

What do you dislike?

It is only for MAC and they take su much time making updates when Apple releases a new operating system. I had a lot of problems when Apple update to Yosemite,

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to create virtual machines in iMacs, this is the best option for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had the need to work on a virtual machine in my IMac. So, I decided to use parallels instead of another virtualization manager. Because the compatibility of the hardware from the host to the guest was better than other virtualization managers.

Parallels RAS review by Siva G.
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"Best app to experience Windows in Mac"

What do you like best?

Easy of use to setup and run windows os in Mac. Support for Windows out of the box. Running both Mac and Windows on Parallels is faster and not memory hogging like VirtualBox

What do you dislike?

Express installation doesn't work. Have to use manual step to install Windows 10. Free upgrades could help very helpful for those who bought it in the last six months of purchase.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use Virtualisation software compared to other apps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had to install Windows OS to use Visual Studio 2015 and looked at different software VirtualBox, VMWare, Bootcamp and Parallels. I finally decided to use Parallels because of easy of use and run smoothly along Mac.

Parallels RAS review by Stefan B.
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"Very useful but expensive and frequent upgrades"

What do you like best?

It does what it needs to do: runs Windows on your Mac, without rebooting. It supports virtual hard disks, but also Boot camp (dual partition). It takes a fast Mac to make it usable. Since I upgraded my machine (retina Macbook Pro) it shines again. I mainly use it for 3D intensive software, which is quite demanding, but it is usable.

Very complete OSX integration, including native Mac shortcuts that are translated, access to file system, mapping of document folders, networking (e.g. I run Rhinoceros with Network license in Parallels, even from home, through a VPN connection).

What do you dislike?

With OS updates, you often are required to buy an upgrade that is almost as expensive as a new license. I bought it already a few times with deals to have it a but cheaper. E.g. free OS Mavericks requires €40 upgrade for Parallels…

Integration into OSX generates countless "windows apps" that start cluttering my Spotlight searches and native filetype associations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is one of the best ways to run Windows-native apps in OSX, with complete integration. Support for complex 3D applications is quite good. But cost of upgrades can be considerable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running the last few Windows-only programs on my Mac that I still need: Rhinoceros 5 with Grasshopper, Autodesk Revit and Tekla Bimsight, alongside Microsoft Visual Studio. Even though I can boot in Boot camp, it is often more convenient to run Parallels.

Since moving to a faster i7 with SSD and the upgrade to Windows 10, the speed of launching Windows and running a Windows-only application has become very bearable. In most cases, I don't boot in Windows anymore. Only for extensive sessions of the more heavy BIM software with larger models, I makes sense to fully launch Windows and use all available hardware resources.

Parallels RAS review by Francesco M.
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"Windows on Mac"

What do you like best?

Windows starts in seconds, seamless integration, fast, quick and no need to renounce to Windows application when using a Mac.

The interface is really simple to use, advanced settings are easily available but they are normally invisible.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes you need to open two different Windows machines on your Mac which already has quite a lot of applications open. This can slow down or even block everything. Usually a solution is to kill other applications that use a lot of memory, like Google Chrome

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, you won't go back.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Mac for everything here, but we are forced to use Windows for our BI suite, Parallel is the best shot to have a virtual machine with Windows on Mac.

Parallels RAS review by Alexander R.
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"Easy-to-use virtual machine software with good performance and configuration options"

What do you like best?

* Very easy to use software in general, with good user interface

* Good performance – as long as there's not too much going on on my host machine (MacBook Pro 2013), the Windows virtual machine runs almost just like it were installed on the actual machine

* Options for configuration (keyboard, mouse, network, external devices, etc.) are extensive – how they interact with host and guest systems can be controlled to suit pretty much any environments

* Excellent integration with Mac – things like shared folders & drives, shared applications, and "coherence" mode can make the experience with virtual machines very fluid

* Regular updates to fix bugs, enhance performance, and other improvements

* Support for wide range of guest OS's – good performance on all

* Good online support for all sorts of issues – email, phone, and remote desktop

What do you dislike?

* Complex key bindings (translations) sometimes to not get translated well – this has been my experience with Windows guest OS's at least

* It sometimes takes a fair amount of effort and several days to get support issues escalated to the appropriate level/team

Recommendations to others considering the product

Parallels Desktop definitely has advantages in integration, performance, and user support over free virtual machines. If you need virtual machine software for Mac, and are happy to pay, then Parallels is probably the best choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Parallels to run Windows 10 (and previously Windows 7) for various applications and for cross-testing software. Parallels has made this is a very straightforward task.

Parallels RAS review by User in Renewables & Environment
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"Mosaic Power Parallels"

What do you like best?

I like that I can access tools from a central desktop. I personally use a Mac but we require Internet Explorer for a few of our applications. I am able to access tools that are only operable on IE. I also like that everybody on my work team can access the tools from the same desktop.

What do you dislike?

I find that the appearance is a likely grainy. I am not sure why. Also, I get a 'snapshot' message all the time when I personally have not uploaded anything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think it can be difficult to use in that the appearance is grainy. Also, when I try to download programs to my Mac, the default is to download to the Parallels environment, and that gets confusing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use a Mac and I'm able to use products and services that are only operable on Internet Explorer.

Parallels RAS review by Louisa N.
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"Great Software, had no problems!"

What do you like best?

I had no issues using the software at all. I used it to run more Mac servers on my machine and it never crashed any of the instances or the host machine itself. It was very reliable.

What do you dislike?

When running for extended periods of time it did have a tendency to slow down the host machine, but that is expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

See if the price is right for you when considering the cost of the software plus the operating systems you want to operate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed more servers at different ip addresses on the network really fast to run a web application. This allowed me to do so. It also allowed me to run different operating systems for testing.

Parallels RAS review by Kate O.
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"Excellent tool to use multiple platforms via virtual machine"

What do you like best?

Being able to use Windows based software on a Macbook Pro without any requirement to reboot my mac into 'windows'. This is a fantastic feature as I can alternate work between both mac osx and windows via Parallels Desktop. Highly recommended

What do you dislike?

The only thing I guess is something that could be improved on is the amount of free systems available to test on. There is quite a few varied platforms from Mordern IE on windows to Android. I guess if a user was requiring to test different versions of IE, it would be a little easier to do so via a quick download.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As previously mentioned:

Ability to swipe between different platforms - makes working on different platforms simultaneously a much easier task than having to 'boot' into a different operating system that other virtual machines can make you do. System resources don't seem to be hit anywhere near as hard compared to other software. The cost is very low for what you can get out of Parallels Desktop, so it is well recommended. Using it on a daily basis to access Windows is a breeze.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to use Windows based software on a Mac platform without any issues. You can even scroll sideways to flick between Mac and Windows or any other platforms you are using Parallels Desktop for. A fantastic piece of kit that is well worth it's low cost!

Parallels RAS review by Phillip M.
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"Parallels Desktop"

What do you like best?

Parallels lets me use all of my Mac, while still working from various platforms i.e. with Windows, etc. without having to mess around with having a dozen physicals or VM's on remote sites (e.g. Azure, Amazon).

Once of the nicest features of Parallels is the Coherence mode; which lets me run another operating system / instance on my Mac with full copy/paste ability. I can use software that has to be running on Windows without having the pain of rebooting, working from another machine or feeling like I'm going from one user experience to another; everything is seamless and that's the beauty of Parallels.

What do you dislike?

Only issue I have is that sometimes it appears to run slowly when working in Coherence. If you can improve this then I see no issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps us run our Windows based programs on our Mac Laptops. This enables us to avoid the need to purchase new software or spend hours developing new software.

Parallels RAS review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Great for MacBook to Split Test Windows"

What do you like best?

I have a MacBook so I love that Parallels is non-invasive on memory and I do not need to always reboot my computer in order to see how something looks like on Windows operating system. This allows me to seamlessly switch between even Windows 7, Windows 10, and more to see how our website looks on other platforms, and other operating systems.

What do you dislike?

It is a little slower because you are essentially splitting up your RAM. You can't necessarily do too much either because lower processing power.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do bootcamp AND get Parallels. If you need something intensive, then bootcamp and hop on that partition. If otherwise, you can just use Parallels.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Greatly increases efficiency and allows our team to be versatile. We greatly enjoyed Apple products and so Parallels was a perfect product for us and allowed us to not have to invest in a new computer for example.

Parallels RAS review by Adam B.
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"Excellent to use Windows on a Mac osx machine"

What do you like best?

Not only can you use Parallels desktop to run windows on your Mac machine, but you can actually download test environments which makes it easier to test things on the fly rather than installing a windows version from scratch

What do you dislike?

Sometimes my mac slows in performance speed, but this is after a while of running both so you cannot really fault it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use, straight out of the box. It's pretty cheap which makes this software very cost effective for a user or business to easily access windows on a mac machine. It's fantastic to be able to not have to reboot the mac to use windows and you can seamlessly use both operating systems side by side. A brilliant piece of software that I fully recommend to anyone who requires something similar to my requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Parallels Desktop to give us access as a business to use windows software, in particular, BT IP Office manager. Using parallels means as a business we can modify our phone system with great ease of use.

Parallels RAS review by James D.
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"Best way to Run windows on a Mac"

What do you like best?

Coherence Mode is fantastic, the fact that I can run Windows and Mac applications side by side is a great experience. The power saving features in parallels mean that my Macbook battery is not really effected by running windows in a VM.

The windows installation is great, installs quickly and requires little know how, anyone could do it!

What do you dislike?

I have few dislikes with Parallels desktop, it has frozen up on me once or twice although a recent update seems to have solved this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Well worth buying!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I bought a MacBook as I needed a ultra portable laptop with great battery life, the 2015 MacBook was perfect but I did need to run Windows applications. Parallels desktop fitted the bill perfectly and it is now used daily.

Parallels RAS review by Robert K.
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"Parallels Desktop"

What do you like best?

The best thing is that I can run windows while I'm using my OSX. I like how well is it integrated to the main system, like copying files, open files from OSX with programs on the virtual windows. It just makes my workflow much simplier.

What do you dislike?

The only problem I can find is when the cursors stuck in the parallels windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best option if you want to use OSX without compromises.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I basically use it to run CAD modelling programs. This was the only field where I couln't find any alternative to use in OSX. But the Parallels Desktop just solved this problem.

Parallels RAS review by Alex F.
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"Using Parallels to test application deployments between platforms "

What do you like best?

Parallels does a fantastic job at taking advantage of the Mac platform. Translating things like multitouch gestures, key mapping and ostensive HFS mounting within other operating systems. These are all nice-to-haves that you eventually come to appreciate and uses daily.

I've found Parallels to do a fantastic job with 3d acceleration and adaptive speed performance. Some of the 'other guys' have been around a lot longer and that is what drew me to those products initially, but the Parallels team knows Apple and how to make use of the platform to make a better virtualization experience.

Quite possibly my favorite feature is the creation and administration of machines through the command line. This makes starting/stopping machines easily scriptable. Starting machines in a headless mode keeps Parallels from disturbing my workflow.

What do you dislike?

The defaults for creating a new Windows machine usually leave me mildly annoyed. It doesn't fit my use case to have Modality and Coherence enabled. That said, they're easy to disable and only really an issue if you only intend to install the VM once.

Parallels updates. Like... a lot. This is usually a good thing. This is a fast-innovating company that's interested in being on top but the frequency of major releases often leaves you in the dust. While they generally offer upgrade pricing, if one's company isn't footing the bill, the price for the software grow as the versions pass.

Most recently, I tried to use Docker Machine to automate some deployment practices but had to install Virtualbox instead because the docker-machine driver for parallels only worked on the latest version of Parallels. I pay for Parallels out of my own pocket when using it for personal use feeling left behind so frequently can get frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get to know the CLI. It's very powerful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building web applications requires a lot of testing. Multiple OSes, multiple browsers. Parallels makes it easy for power users to automate and utilize its feature in a was that developers will find efficient. At the same time, Parallels is simple enough for a novice to start up and start getting their hands dirty. The novice will also be unaware of the power user's features unless they dig for them; this is a good thing. Great design. It's a similar stance the OS X team takes. "If a normal user finds Terminal.app, we've failed; if a power-user can't find Terminal.app, we've failed"

Parallels RAS review by Shabbir H.
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"Parallels is a Developer's Best Friend"

What do you like best?

I love the fact that Parallels lets me use all the goodness that is my Mac, while developing for various platforms - without having to mess around with having a dozen physicals or VM's on remote sites (e.g. Azure, Amazon).

Once of the nicest features of Parallels is the Coherence mode - which lets me have - say a Visual Studio IDE, or another IDE instance running withing my Mac - with full copy/paste ability. I can use tools that I need to running on Windows or Linux - without having the pain of rebooting or feeling like I'm going from one user experience to another - everything is seamless - and that's the beauty of Parallels - it lets me forget about it and focus on what is important - my work.

Another key feature is that Parallels supports vagrant out of the box and without having to pay an extra fee (as is the case with VMWare Fusion or Workstation if you want to use it with Vagrant - you need the VMWare plugin - which costs). The Parallels Vagrant plugin started life as an open source project, and remains that way - though under the direct custodianship of Parallels themselves.

Vagrant allows me to tear up VMs on demand for when I'm working on applications that require me to do that, it also allows me to prep-up my Docker containers ready for deployment remotely.

There is a lot more I could write about Parallels - and I've been an avid user since I moved from Windows to Mac over 5 years ago now - it let my transition be smooth and pain-free, and it has been a regular feature in my Applications folder, politely letting me forget about it, while allowing me to utilize all of its amazing goodness - letting me get the most from my Mac.

What do you dislike?

Whats do dislike - nothing as far as I can see, apart from perhaps as one of my colleagues had said - why isn't there a Windows or Linux version of Parallels - why is it only a Mac product? I couldn't answer that - but since I used a Mac - arguably I didn't care. However - that would be a major plus, if Parallels Desktop could be ported to Windows and Linux - that way, the Linux users wouldn't have to use Virtualbox and the Windows users Hyper-V or VMWare.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're not sure about Parallels - then take advantage of the free trials on offer, I'm sure that once you've started using it - you will not begrudge paying the subscription and becoming a true licensed user.

The beauty of Parallels is that once its installed and configured, you can totally forget about it. In my opinion, when a piece of software can be forgotten about while providing the services it providers - that's when it has moved to perfection.

Don't take my word for it, don't believe the marketing hype, TRY it - take advantage of the free trial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A key business problem would be when users don't want to use Windows machines - for many reasons. This allows the work to proceed, within Windows - while the user can continue to use their Macs.

For a development house - this helps massively as it allows developers to continue building Mac and iOS apps on their macs - while having the ability to do the same - via Parallels - for Windows Phone (Windows), Android (Linux)*

*I'm aware that Android apps can be developed directly on a Mac, but some people choose to not do things that way - Parallels allows us to have that flexibility.

Another issue that was resolved was the ability to use Parallels with Vagrant to prep provisioning scripts ensure they are perfect, before pushing them out to Amazon, Azure or another cloud provider.

Parallels RAS review by David Aaron F.
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"Great performance and features, though company is low brow"

What do you like best?

Parallels has a pretty Mac-like experience and is well designed, intuitive. It has excellent performance above its competitors, especially in the GPU department.

A command line interface is a plus, and it doesn't suffer from some of the issues that persist in other solutions.

Pre-packaged solutions are fantastic: One can quickly auto-install Chrome OS or test versions of IE.

What do you dislike?

Some defaults are annoying. I don't appreciate Parallels shoving Windows application shortcuts into my home dir or dock.

Historically, there were some issues with Parallels dispatcher agent.

More than anything, Parallels' developing company is... Ill mannered. Charging for infinite redownloads of the software is ridiculous, and they're a bit out of touch with the elegance quality developers desire.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Jump on it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Parallels primarily for testing web sites in various browsers and for creating virtual machines for development environments via Vagrant and Packer.

Parallels has givens us ease of use and performance within both of these domains.

Parallels RAS review by Ryan W.
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"Great for Mac"

What do you like best?

I enjoy being able to use Windows on my Mac. It allows me to work on projects that require Visual Studio without the need to use a VM on Azure.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is the amount of resources running Windows tends to use. I have a MacBook Pro Retina 15" w/16 GB of RAM and it runs high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solve issues with high CPU usage on MacBook Pros.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly that I can work on code in Windows while still being able to use my Mac. Half of the team is on Mac and the other half is on Windows, but we all still need to work in the same environment.

Parallels RAS review by Rafael A.
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"The best virtualization software for Mac OS X"

What do you like best?

Parallels is the best virtualization software for Mac users. It has a great interface, very easy to use and very user friendly. It has a great feature that is download the ISO for some operating systems, that's great for new users who don't know where to download the operating system.

What do you dislike?

The lack of drag and drop functionality for files is what I dislike the most. Also, sometimes and in some operating systems, it's hard to install Parallels Tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial version first so you can be sure that Parallels Desktop is the right product for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using Parallels Desktop to test different operating systems and to use Windows applications only on my Mac.

Parallels RAS review by David G.
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"A test environment, when you cannot afford a test environment"

What do you like best?

As a systems person I appreciate how quickly I can mock up a test environment. It's a test environment totally self contained on my mac. It works great for testing upgrades, major changes, and evaluating products.

It has also done a great job providing me a windows desktop. The integration, like shared home folders, has made it very simple to operate in a hybrid environment. I use a three year old, dual core macbook pro, and I have plenty of power to run a few guests OS's, though it will run through battery pretty quickly.

What do you dislike?

The way they force an upgrade, when the new mac OS version is released. Because of this I anticipate needing to upgrade at least once every couple of years.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a quality product that requires very little hassle. It doesn't have a lot of configurability, but can provide all the customary virtual settings, for example running networking in bridging mode, or sharing host IP. It's not free, but it's a quality product for a small price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Continue using windows only applications, while owning a mac.

2. Deploy test VM's in an isolated environment, separate from our production VMWare infrastructure.

Parallels RAS review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"A very good solution to run windows on MAC"

What do you like best?

I've been using Parallels for the last three years. I moved to Parallels from Oracle Virtual Box which was a very basic solution. Parallels works perfectly for running Microsoft Windows on your Mac. The beauty is the convergence of Mac and Windows Apps, i.e the ability to open a file in a Windows based application from within the Mac and switch back and forth. Though I haven't used the coherence mode much, the Coherence mode makes the experience seamless.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike about Parallels is, they compel you to upgrade to the latest version of Parallels which would cost around 50$ to upgrade to the latest version of Windows. We are currently stuck with Windows 7 and unable to upgrade to Windows 10, because of some device driver incompatibility of Parallels v10.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have applications such as SAP MDM, etc, for which there are no Mac clients as well as time to time we have to use Visio which is available only in Windows. Running windows on Mac helps overcome these problems. On a lighter note, Parallels makes the Macbook, the best Windows Laptop :)

Parallels RAS review by User in Higher Education
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"Heavy parallels desktop user -- I love the experience"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to use windows programs on my mac, while being able to seamlessly switch between the Mac OS and Windows OS.

What do you dislike?

At times, the program is buggy and I need to restart. This is a rare occurrence, however. I am overall very pleased with the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Installation at times can be tricky. When I had issues, I tried performing google searches to figure out what was wrong. I spent hours trying to troubleshoot the issue. I ultimately called Parallels tech support and they were so helpful. I would recommend that people just go ahead and call if they have issues.

Also, some of the shortcuts are not set up great in the Windows environment (for example, it makes more sense for the command button to act as the control key). I would recommend that users make modifications to the shortcuts early on to what feels right to them, instead of just accepting the defaults.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I love Apple products, I consider my self an "Apple guy." However, I am also a business guy and the fact of the matter is Microsoft Office (and other business applications) are much better suited for the Windows operating systems. By being able to run Windows OS on my Mac, I get the best of both worlds, at the same time. I love it.

Parallels RAS review by Corey B.
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"Parallels review"

What do you like best?

I could run both windows & osx on my local machine, it allowed much more flexibility when browser testing websites & using apps that did not have an apple build.

What do you dislike?

Well I upgraded my OSX and its no longer compatible, so that was a huge bummer, I'd have to pay to use a newer compatible version. I feel like this should have been a free upgrade. Other than that, it was a resource hog for sure, really bogged down my machine

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to dual boot, this is a great application, just plan ahead if you are upgrading your versioning of OSX and see if it will still be compatible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It gave our company the ability to run both windows & apple applications. Primarily we used it to download, multiple versions of web browsers so we could test our applications.

Parallels RAS review by Roxie K.
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"Parallels"

What do you like best?

I enjoy having a PC & Mac all in one computer

What do you dislike?

Some features do not work well/have glitches (example: sometimes the CD drive & USB drives will not work on the platform that I need)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

About 4 years ago we began incorporating Mac computers into our office. I was not familiar with Mac and many of my programs were PC based. Our IT department installed Parallels so I could have both. This has made the transition very easy for me.

Parallels RAS review by User in Internet
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"Best virtual machine!"

What do you like best?

Parallels Desktop is for sure the best virutal machine ever. Why? Is very fast and stable. Great feature is that it has nice "installation wizard"(?) if you install Windows. It ask you if you have serial number, do you need koherence mode and other things. It really helps beginners users like me. The price is also not much so everybody can handle it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I have problem with internet on virtual machine so I don't like it. It should works always ;)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Paralells Desktop for everyone who need it. Just try it and you will find that this is probably the best virtual machine.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using Mac but sometimes I need to open some files on Windows. For examples CorelDraw. Sometimes I play the best game ever - Age of Empires II! ;)

Parallels RAS review by Stewart H.
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"Run Windows on your OSX"

What do you like best?

I like the easy integration between the virtualized host and the native system.

What do you dislike?

The software often leaves traces around that require manual cleanup. If you delete a virtualized guest system the integration with the host doesn't always cleanup desktop icons that it places there. Also, traversing the filesystem on the guest can sometimes be painful as it lumps in the host filesystem with the guest.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend not using the integrated mode and running it in the isolated mode that they provide to avoid issues with the filesystem and shortcuts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing cross-platform code, compiling, and testing.

Parallels RAS review by Adrián A.
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"Easiest Visualization Tool on Mac"

What do you like best?

Near effortless installation of Windows in OS X. Lets you open Windows files in Mac apps or Mac files in Windows apps. Deep integration options give Windows apps access to OS X folders. Fastest performance of any virtual-machine software.

What do you dislike?

It has some stability issues but are not big deal, but i believe it depends on your hardware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the best for beginners and non-technical users, if what you want is to run non-OS X apps on your Mac.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parallels Desktop helped to run multiple operating systems simultaneously and seamlessly, and allows you to use Mac OS features from within other environments

Parallels RAS review by Nurman Z.
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"Hey Corona, Where's Siri?"

What do you like best?

Parallel desktop can run multiple OS simultaneously which is good if your Mac want to run for Windows and Linux simultaneously. it also allows us run Mac OS features within other environment

What do you dislike?

Paralles can't run the standard Windows OS installer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

even it's 80-100 dollar per year, it worth to buy/subscribe

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parallel Desktops help me if my clients have difficulty to operate MacOs which is difficult for some people. By installing Parallel Desktops I can easily switch OS between Maverick and Windows

Parallels RAS review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Awesome docker experience"

What do you like best?

the docker integration in the new version is awesome, parallels was always the faster vm hypervisor that exist for mac, the work that the parallels guys was done with the docker machine is magnificent and really concise

What do you dislike?

the command line utils still are inmate and buggy, the pricing model is quite confusing, i can suggest that you can have a developer or "docker" version that only runs a linux images and offer a cheaper version for freelancers

Recommendations to others considering the product

The software it self is battle tested, well documented and supported and if you are looking for a faster alternative to vmware or virtualbox on mac that can run docker machine seamless Parallels are the best option,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

running docker containers on a mac development environment, some times run a MS sql database replication from production

Parallels RAS review by Courtney F.
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"LifeSaver for Macs"

What do you like best?

How easily it is to get a VM up on a Mac and the versatility with deploying a variety of operating systems.

What do you dislike?

The integration with Windows 8 in coherence mode sometimes is wonky and it is hard to get an application to come to the forefront.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of our Macs won't run enterprise system software such as DameWare, and some macros that microsoft office applications need to use.

Parallels RAS review by User in Automotive
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"The Best of Both Worlds"

What do you like best?

Parallels was very quick and easy to set up on my Mac Mini.

I can fire up a virtual copy of Windows 7 and easily utilize connected hardware across both operating systems such as my printer or attached USB HDD.

Parallels has allowed me to work in Windows-specific applications such as the ARENA Simulator without any flaws!

What do you dislike?

I've had some system confusion between hibernation and sleeping. With the wrong combination of putting Parallels to sleep versus hibernate, after my Mac goes to sleep, Parallels seems to be stuck in its own stage and never would recover my Windows session. I've learned after toggling some settings to just consistently shut down the Parallels OS and haven't had much trouble since.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for running Windows applications on Mac OS X!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Why carry around two machines when you can have both OSs on one? Parallels helps you get your work done on one central machine.

Parallels RAS review by Salvador R.
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"Multi computer ?, Done"

What do you like best?

I like to be able to work with a custom machine and work with any program on any platform

What do you dislike?

I don´t like the need to install any plugin when I configure virtual machine for the first time

Recommendations to others considering the product

It´s easy to use and easy to setup

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If i need any program I don´t have the problem of looking up if it work on IOS or Windows

Parallels RAS review by User in Higher Education
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"Parallels on Mac for Data Analysis Software"

What do you like best?

I can switch between my mac desktop and PC desktop with ease. I don't have to restart my computer everytime I need to use my windows software.

What do you dislike?

Some software is not compatible with parallels

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to use a PC on a mac without having to buy a separate computer. I can do PC work remotely on my laptop and I don't have to carry a second laptop or have a desktop elsewhere.

Parallels RAS review by Elisabeth G.
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"Allows for Seamless Interaction Between Windows and iOS"

What do you like best?

Seamless interface and run time in iOS. It mimics the Windows environment very well.

What do you dislike?

The amount of hard drive space it takes up is egregious.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My CRM software only runs in Explorer in a Window run time environment. This software allows me to use my MacBook on the road.

Parallels RAS review by User in Management Consulting
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"Incredible way to run virtual machines on a mac."

What do you like best?

It's integration with the Mac. Sharing directories, copy and paste etc. Is automatic and requires no knowledge or configuring.

What do you dislike?

It is consuming lots of resources from my old (2008) macbook which males it slow to run at some ocasions. I have found little or no information on how to optimize.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I run all my company applications on a mac environment, nut the process management / document control system (R2Docuo) runs only on a windos environment. Paralles allows me to run it.

Parallels RAS review by Vlad K.
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"Not the best service, but still good for his price."

What do you like best?

Full ssh access, pretty good control panel, nice support (response time <10h) for small money.

What do you dislike?

Time to time VPS works strange. It not affect webservers, but realtime like game server can throw players away.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't recommend their VPS for realtime applications. They have some problems with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is my testing server, so i'm doing a lot of different stuffs there.

Parallels RAS review by Zheng L.
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"Great integration with Mac"

What do you like best?

The greatest things the app in Virtual machine will be shown in the dock and it looks just like a native app in Mac.

What do you dislike?

The price is expensive. And if you upgrade from Parallel 10 to Parallel 11, you need to pay again.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it to do the linux projects and some payment by IE

Parallels RAS review by Tony W.
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"Nice and easy to use. Much better than RDC on Windows."

What do you like best?

I like that it's faster and easier to use than RDC.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps the overall UI and setting things up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend it due to the performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for personal use.

Parallels RAS review by Melinda N.
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"Parallels for the Mac User"

What do you like best?

It allows us to have the best of both worlds - Mac and Windows, on one computer

What do you dislike?

It can be quite cumbersome and slow if you are using large files on the Windows side

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you get enough licenses otherwise you get page "freezing" and bad conversions of files

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to use old Microsoft letters/forms and convert them to Mac compatible use

Parallels RAS review by User in Automotive
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"Windows on a Mac!"

What do you like best?

I like that I can run multiple operating systems under my mac. Works well with Docker as well.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the annoying ads that come up when they have a new version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Turn off the annoying ads and only upgrade when you need to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This allows me as a developer to test different operating systems and browsers. .

Parallels RAS review by User in Financial Services
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"Works well if you know how to use it"

What do you like best?

I like the idea of Parallels. An easy way to have software available to an entire company and administer anything on all computers at once.

What do you dislike?

Parallels kicks me out for no reason and I have to completely log in again every few months. Also, it is not intuitive and can be hard to use if you have not been trained.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some training or read up on it, so you know how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed something that would help us keep inventory of our computers and simultaneously update and install software on all company computers.

Parallels RAS review by Bharadwaj (Brad) C.
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"Right Tool to get Windows VM on Mac"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and use. Great tool to switch between Windows and Mac

What do you dislike?

You need to buy :)

Sometimes Crashes

Takes a good amount of memory/processing speed

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get this if you are considering to use a Windows VM. If you are not sure about the software, try the trial version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using some softwares that run only on Windows on a Mac machine

Parallels RAS review by User in Medical Practice
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"Too slow, inefficient for fast-paced environment"

What do you like best?

It allows offices with iOS to access and utilize programs that are PC-exclusive.

What do you dislike?

Start-up was extremely slow, so much so that it almost wasn't worth it to use the software. You also are required to create an account to use the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to expand the types of programs, software and file types used by the office which made handling day-to-day business easier.

Parallels RAS review by User in Insurance
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"Excellent for Multiple Operating Systems"

What do you like best?

Parallels is great for running multiple operating systems at the same time.

What do you dislike?

Parallels is very resource intensive. Otherwise no complaints.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My primary computer is a MacBook Pro, however, for writing code and doing other types of development, I really enjoy using a Windows interface so I will run parallels with Windows.

Parallels RAS review by User
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"Probably still the best solution for running Windows on Mac."

What do you like best?

Easy to use

Relatively stable

Wide range of OS supported

What do you dislike?

Can be a resource hog at times

Poor 3D performance compared to other solutions

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Legacy systems and certain Windows only programs on Mac system

Parallels RAS review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Best commercial virtualization software on OS X"

What do you like best?

Coherence mode and the ability to switch on and off headless mode on the fly.

What do you dislike?

The lack of detailed documentation for command line tools and sometimes inconsistent behavior compare with the GUI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running various Linux and BSD os'es for development and test and running docker on a Mac.

Parallels RAS review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Good but needs work"

What do you like best?

That I can use windows products when I need it.

What do you dislike?

How easy it is for the environment to be corrupted or disrupted.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running visual studio to review code.

Parallels RAS review by User in Telecommunications
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"Great virtual desktop for Mac"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up and configure to work on a mac.

What do you dislike?

Would not recommend using Parallels in Coherence mode as it hogs the system resources

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Windows applications in a Mac environment

Parallels RAS review by User in Computer Software
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"Well featured parallel OS program"

What do you like best?

So far it's run very smoothly and haven't had hiccups when doing deployement testing

What do you dislike?

I can't say there's much to dislike, Parallels seems to keep their product updated, which is something I always appreciate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Parallels for software testing

Parallels RAS review by Paul L.
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"Parallels to the Rescue"

What do you like best?

I like best about Parallels Desktop because of it's ease of use on providing Aliases on the Mac Desktop to quickly access Windows applications.

What do you dislike?

I dislike Parallels Desktop because you are still required to purchase a separate license of the Windows OS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Parallels Desktop as a way for Mac users to access Windows apps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mac users now can access applications that only run on the Windows platform.

Parallels RAS review by User in Research
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"Excellent for running windows on a mac"

What do you like best?

the ability to interact between computers seamlessly on the same screen is unparalleled, no pun intended

What do you dislike?

sometimes the parallels desktop wouldn't run certain functions due to an error accessing the graphics card

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

applications in our lab that only run on windows can now be accessed via our mac laptops

Parallels RAS review by Greg M.
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"Virtualizes and integrates Windows seamlessly into your Mac."

What do you like best?

Allows you to run Windows and Mac apps side by side. The integration is great. Your Windows applications are essentially treated like they are a part of the Mac OS. Easy to move files around, launch programs, etc.

What do you dislike?

Unlike Wine or CrossOver, you do need a copy of the Microsoft OS. Also, you'll need a good bit of RAM, and since newer Macs cannot be upgraded, you'll need to plan your hardware purchases well if you're going to be running Parallels.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product, integration makes it very easy to use. Provided your computer is stuffed full of RAM and you don't mind having to buy a copy of Windows, I would recommend this over Wine or CrossOver for compatibility and usability.

Parallels RAS review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Best Virtualization Software for your Mac"

What do you like best?

Extremely clean and basic interface. It looks like an application built by Apple. Very easy to start up and install new VM's. Great customization settings and shared folders between your OSX and VM's.

What do you dislike?

Can run slow at times, but primarily due to requiring a lot of RAM.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have a lot of RAM.

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