Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac – Upgrades Available Today!

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The #1 choice of Mac users for running Windows applications on Mac for more than seven years just got even better! 

This release is centered on things many of you told us you care most about:

  • Indispensable conveniences. It’s what you expect from Parallels Desktop, where things “just work.” This time, we brought Power Nap and the Dictionary gesture to Windows applications.
  • Performance.  We continue to push the envelope for industry-leading performance.
  • Cloud.  We know your stuff lives everywhere, not just on your hard drive. So we’ve made it easy to work with iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive — from either your Mac or your Windows virtual machine —  without duplicating files locally!
  • Peace of mind. We’re keeping pace with the ever-evolving Mac and Windows. Want to use OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1? They’ll work with Parallels Desktop 9!

Check out this video highlighting some of our favorite new features and click here to read more.

We’re psyched about the new version, but we know you want to hear from others, too. Here’s what one of our beta testers shared:

Starting September 5, full license versions for new customers and special editions (Student Edition, Business Pack, etc.) will be available online and at retail locations worldwide.

And one more – important! — thing:

Want more out of your iPad? So did we! Busy people like you inspired us to create the ultimate way to use your Windows and Mac applications from an iPad, like they were made for the iPad. Parallels Access is an app for iPad that’s truly breakthrough and super-cool (though we know we’re biased). Check out what Walt Mossberg at The Wall Street Journal wrote.

If you upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9 now, you’ll receive a complimentary six-month subscription to Parallels Access (a $39.99 value). We hope you’ll enjoy them both, and let us know what you love most about running Windows on your Mac and getting more done on-the-go with just your iPad in-hand!

Mary is a tech industry veteran who wears many hats: marketing, communications, research, product management and more. A Seattle native, on weekends you're likely to find her at the dog park with her dog Riley.

  • Tyrone Beiron

    A good upgrade for sure, if the hype around OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 delivers. But the hype about "seamless" experience with Parallels 9 awaits some bug fixes on the bridging configuration soon. Windows can detect PnP devices via USB previously, and although selected for Windows upon plug in, the device cannot be detected by Windows Explorer or iTunes, or other programs. I can't wait for Parallels 9.1 to have these fixed as it's incapacitated my Windows 8 experience. Parallels 8 otherwise worked perfectly on my MacBook Pro 2012, except never use the "Windows Refresh" selection – which "resets" everything instead.

  • Dan

    Very interesting article.

  • Gary

    I have an iPad and the idea of Parallels Access sounds nice but my Mac OS is only 10.6, so I can't use it :(

  • fury

    Can I run this on my 2010 iMac 27" running 10.6, or will I have to downgrade to 10.7 or 10.8 like a lot of apps are requiring these days?

    Does it do better with SSDs than 8?


  • Stephen


    Running OSX Mountain Lion on my Macbook with Parallels 9 running Windows 7 in a virtual machine, is there a way to connect via Access to the VM instead of the OSX so i can "Applify" what I do in Windows ?

  • RL

    Hello Parallels team, hello Donna Sellers,
    I've just bought Parallels 8 (education) and i'm a little bit disappointed that i should pay again for the 9th version… Do you plan special offers for recent buyers of the 8th version? Thanks a lot and keep the good job.

  • Pierre


    Just wondering if the upgrade from VMWare Fusion is still available for Desktop 9?



  • Acerstoreau

    Thanks for sharing this useful information with us.

  • Lindsay

    I love Parallels Desktop!