Parallels finds a cool way to make the Mac’s Touch Bar useful in Windows 10

Parallels today announced a new version of its app. The company is today launching Parallels Desktop 13 with new features and improved performance for the Mac. Parallels Desktop, for those unfamiliar, is an app for the Mac that lets users run Windows 10 on a virtual machine. Parallels Desktop includes some really cool features that offer an integrated Windows 10 experience on the Mac — for instance, you can run Windows apps as a single app on your Mac just like the regular Mac apps which is very neat.

With Parallels Desktop 13, the company is adding support for Windows applications to the Mac Touch Bar. If you have a Mac with a Touch Bar, you will now be able to access Windows 10 applications like Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, and more from the Touch Bar of your device. Parallels also integrates with some of the popular apps like Microsoft’s Office suite, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Opera which means you will be able to quickly interact with these apps from the Touch Bar on your Mac.

Parallels Desktop 13 also brings support for Windows 10’s upcoming My People experience that’s coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year. If you are running a Windows Insider build, you can already try this feature out with Parallels Desktop 13. The feature effectively puts your contacts from My People as a single item on the dock of macOS, allowing you to quickly interact with them from the dock.

Parallels has also packed improved performance, enhanced support for Retina displays, a new Picture-in-Picture mode, and more:

Parallels Desktop 13 is available right now, and you can get it for $79.99 if you are a new user. If you already have an older version of Parallels Desktop, you can upgrade for $49.99.

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