Parallels Desktop is an essential program for Mac users around the world. It allows them to run Windows programs that don’t have Mac versions. They can use Windows side-by-side with macOS. They can also share files and folders, copy and paste images and text & drag and drop files between Mac and Windows applications. Yesterday, Parallels announced a major update which comes with 30 plus new features. Read about some of them below.
- Parallels Desktop 15 is ready for the highly anticipated macOS Catalina, including Sidecar support.
- Parallels Version 15 supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11—all via Apple Metal. With the addition of DirectX 11, you can now run graphic-intensive applications and games, such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, Master Series, FIFA 19, Age of Empires, Fallout 4 and more.
- Parallels Desktop 15 adds support to the Share menu in Finder—you can send files from macOS using a Windows email application. Just right-click a file in the Finder and select Share > Send with Windows Email App. The file will be sent by your default email client in Windows.
- Apple changed the way screenshots are done in Mojave and Catalina, and you may notice that you can’t use their previews in Windows applications. Parallels Desktop 15 now makes this possible—plus, it provides the ability to drag images right from Safari, Photos and other Mac applications.
- Use Apple Pencil in your favorite Windows applications with added tilt and eraser support. With Sidecar, you can use your iPad as a second display to extend your Windows applications.
- Parallels Desktop 15 supports an additional category of Bluetooth devices. Connect your Xbox One Controller, Logitech Craft keyboard, IRISPen, some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) and more. Additionally, support for Bluetooth Low Energy lets you play an Xbox game in a Windows 10 virtual machine.
- Experience significant performance improvements in Parallels Desktop 15. Microsoft Office applications start up to 80% faster, and you’ll also see a faster and more responsive Parallels Desktop UI.