Updated May 22nd, 2015: We’ve just begun tracking the latest release date news and rumors from the upcoming Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac so be sure to check it out!
Updated August 20th, 2014: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac has just been officially released! If you are an existing Parallels customer, you can pick up the upgrade immediately at parallels.com/upgradepd10. If you are a new customer, then you can pre-order your copy today as it’s scheduled to be released on August 26th. If you just purchased version 9, you may qualify for a free upgrade to version 10.
So what’s new in Parallels Desktop 10? See the full list of new features and improvements in Parallels 10.
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Updated August 19th, 2014: With Parallels Desktop for Mac 10 expected to be released any day now, we are now in the free upgrade window for those who buy Parallels 9; If you pick up version 9 between now and the release of version 10 at Parallels.com, you’ll automatically receive the free upgrade to version 10 once it’s released. The policy has also extended to their authorized resellers in the past so it’s the best time to grab a good deal on the outgoing versions. Here are more details about the free upgrade offer.
Updated July 31st, 2014: With Apple’s OS X Yosemite set to launch in September, you can expect to see Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac to come just around the the same time (the beta version is already out and available to those on their beta program). The last few years of Parallels Desktop for Mac release dates have been very predictable and we don’t expect to see any changes this time around – Watch for Parallels 10 to be announced at the beginning of September. If you’re interested in begging notified the moment it’s released then be sure to sign up to our release date notifier list (located at the right side of this page!).
Here’s a quick look at the release date cycle history for the past five versions. Remember, the upgrade discount only goes back two versions so if you’re still running v.7 or older, then you’ll need to buy it at the full price.
- Parallels 10 – Released on August 20th, 2014.
- Parallels 9 – This is the current version. Officially released on September 5, 2013.
- Parallels 9 beta – On August 1, 2013, several of the top Mac influencers were invited to a private Parallels 9 beta to test the new features.
- Parallels 8 – Released on September 4, 2012.
- Parallels 7 – Released on September 6, 2011.
- Parallels 6 – Released on September 14, 2010.
- Parallels 5 – Released on November 4, 2009.
What happens if I just bought a license before the new one was released?
Parallels as historically offered a free upgrade to newest version if you purchased the previous version up to four weeks before an announced release. Here are more details about the 2014 free upgrade offer and how to qualify. Here’s also a link to the 2013 tech guarantee that specifies last year’s free upgrade policy.
What we would like to see in the next release.
Parallels 9 is arguably the best release yet of the Desktop for Mac series, but it’s not perfect. Besides the obvious – Perfect functionality in OS X Yosemite – In version 10 we hope that they actually remove some things. Specifically, the extra software installations and advertisements that are added at the time of installation. It was reported by several users that even if you specifically uncheck the applications that you do not want installed, it would still be loaded onto your Mac and started every time you would re-boot (most notably with the free six-month subscription to Parallels Access). Also, we would love to see improved customer support. It seems like ever since Parallels moved their customer support team to India, the quality of help has substantially decreased (especially at the product launch as their team seems unprepared to handle many of the most common support issues). We hope that this time around they will improve training or add more knowledgeable domestic support agents.
What would you like to see improved or changed in Parallels Desktop 10?
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