What is Coherence Mode? Everything You Need to Know About Coherence Mode in Parallels Desktop 10

Believe it or not, it’s one of the first questions on many new Parallels Desktop users’ minds: what is Coherence?

That’s right—questions about Coherence mode in Parallels Desktop are among the most frequently-asked. To give you the short answer, Coherence is the view mode that allows you to run Windows applications on your Mac, just like they were native Mac applications.

But that’s not all—you can learn even more about Coherence mode and other support-related tips and tricks in our vast knowledgebase: 

What is Coherence?
Information About Coherence View Mode

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Happy 31st Birthday, Macintosh!

Can you believe that tomorrow is the 31st anniversary of Apple's debut of the original Macintosh? The Mac was designed to be so easy to use that, well, unlike other computers of the time, people could actually use it. Today, people all over the world use Macs to create, share, connect and learn in ways that Apple never could have imagined 31 years ago.

Here at Parallels we celebrated the 31st birthday of the Mac by asking our team members and customers to share their earliest Mac experiences and photos of their Macs over the years. Check out what they had to say! 

Image courtesy of Amazon.

Image courtesy of Amazon.

Caitlyn O. || Parallels Desktop Customer

“The summer before my freshman year of college (2003), my family and I went to Fry’s to pick out a laptop for me to take to school. The salesperson at Fry’s convinced us that Fujitsu was the next up-and-coming brand. So, I flew to college in New York with a cumbersome laptop that weighed half my body weight and sounded like a wheezing Tyrannosaurus Rex when left on for longer than an hour.

One night during my first semester of senior year, I heard what sounded like a TV being turned off and realized my computer had basically imploded. For Christmas that year, I received a beautiful black MacBook that was lightweight, small, sleek and silent. I could suddenly hear my music without the ongoing sigh of the Fujitsu! Movies didn’t freeze! All my schoolwork was easily organized and findable. I loved that little laptop and the ease and aesthetic it brought to my life.”

Kurt S. || Senior Product Manager at Parallels 

“My first Mac was the original 128K Mac. I was in the first group of authors selected by Guy Kawasaki to write books about the Mac. My book, "Object-Oriented Programming for the Macintosh” taught a generation of programmers how to program this revolutionary new computer. While I didn’t own every single subsequent Mac model, I did have quite a lot of them.” 

Gordon, a Parallels Desktop Twitter follower shared a photo of his iMac G4, also known as the “iLamp.” We sure do miss this forward thinking design from Steve Jobs in 2002! 

Image courtesy of Flickr.

Image courtesy of Flickr.

Lindsay S. || Social Media Manager at Parallels 

“The story of how I became an Apple power user is probably similar to that of many people my age—I bought my pristine white MacBook when I went off to college in 2008. I remember the purchase for many reasons: It cost more than my first (or second) car, I got the student deal that includes a free iPod (after rebate) with your new laptop, and I was pretty darn excited. Having been the frustrated owner of a Windows PC that I’d had to share with my whole family until that point, I was thrilled to enter the world of Mac on my own.”

Mark W. || Parallels Desktop Customer 

“I started using a Mac in 1994, when I was just 8 years old. I remember falling in love with the color of the Apple logo at the time. Especially as it was my first experience using a color computer. I was blown away. Now I make sure I never forget that childhood enthusiasm with this retro Apple background on my MacBook Pro. Viva the Apple rainbow!”

Thanks for helping us wish the Mac a very happy 31st birthday! Have a story or photo to add? Let us know on Twitter @ParallelsMac or on Facebook!


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Watch Windows PC and Mac Keyboards Make Music Together

Whether you’re a Mac, a PC, or a cross-platform champion powering both, we think you’ll find something to love in this awesome video from The Verge. It’ll take you on a musical stroll down memory lane, with the familiar clickety-clack of keyboards past and present guiding your way.  

In honor of Throwback Thursday, watch the “official” keyboard music video:

Music to our ears! How about yours? Did you recognize any of the famous keyboards featured? I think more than a few of us at Parallels had that IBM laptop. 

Share your thoughts in a comment, or chat with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Happy Throwback Thursday!


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Windows 8 for Mac—Wait, It's Possible?

I rarely settle for “good enough.” I love coffee from a local café, but I also love my “World’s Best Mom” mug. So I bring the mug with me and get the best of both worlds.

I love the outdoors, but I also value the comfort of a bed. So when I go camping, I blow up an air mattress and sleep in comfort. (Yes, I’m one of those people.)

So what do I do when I love the hardware of a MacBook Air (that chiclet keyboard!) but also the bold metro tiles featured in Windows 8?

I turn to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, of course. With this innovative software, I can use both operating systems side by side because Windows 8 can run in a window (or full-screen, if you prefer). 

And I know I’m not the only one who loves the freedom of running Windows 8 on my Mac. Check out these testimonials from our happy customers:

“Hands down, the best solution for today’s mix of technology. Being able to use OS X and Windows seamlessly without having to reboot is a dream come true.”
~ Brian J.

“Parallels allows me to access Explorer to download my files without modification and has eliminated my need to maintain a PC and has made my work 100% portable with my Mac.”
~ Palma G.

“For those who straddle the PC/Mac world between work and our personal lives, Parallels makes it possible to truly have an all-in-one machine with both Windows and Mac OS running side by side in perfect harmony.” 
~ Jon T.

Who doesn't love having the best of both worlds?

If you’ve ever longed to run Windows 8 on a Mac, give Parallels Desktop 10 a spin. There’s even a 14-day free trialso you can experience the best of both worlds today.


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Embracing My Inner Cross-Platform Champion

The story of how I became an Apple power user is probably similar to that of many people my age—I bought my pristine white MacBook when I went off to college in 2008. I remember the purchase for many reasons: It cost more than my first (or second) car, I got the student deal that includes a free iPod (after rebate) with your new laptop, and I was pretty darn excited. 

Having been the frustrated owner of a Windows PC that I’d had to share with my whole family until that point, I was thrilled to enter the world of Mac on my own. Much to my chagrin, however, it wasn’t all perfect. Much as I liked the switch to Mac for my more creative endeavors, I still needed some of Windows’ best programs—for example, all of Office.

Fast-forward to today. Now that I’m older and wiser, I embrace the best of both worlds when it comes to Mac vs. Windows. With Parallels Desktop, I get the user interface I love from Mac, but I can still use the Windows programs I rely on:

Have #MicrosoftOutlook on your dock? With #ParallelsDesktop10 you can see unread emails just like you can on Mac apps!

A photo posted by Parallels (@parallelsdesktop) on

My favorite part about Parallels Desktop is that I wield all the power—I’m in control, no matter which OS I’m using.

At the end of the day, I’m glad I didn’t pick a side in the battle between Mac and Windows. Instead I’ve embraced my inner cross-platform champion—and everything’s coming up Milhouse.

Gif courtesy of GifBay.

Gif courtesy of GifBay.


Be a cross-platform champion. Try Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac free for 14 days! Start your free trial now.