Category: Parallels Desktop for Mac Business

How Small Companies with Pure Mac IT Use Windows Software


While large enterprises tend to use Windows, small agencies, offices, and owner-operated companies tend to opt for Mac®. If the proprietor is the one responsible for the company’s IT equipment, then personal preference and experience influence decisions along with financial aspects. Case in point: TravelEssence, a tour operator based in Utrecht, Netherlands. This company exclusively uses Mac computers because co-founder Andrew Morten has a personal propensity for Apple ®. All of the staff works with Mac and mainly uses the preinstalled Apple software, such as Numbers, Mail, and Photos.

But not all business sectors have all of the productivity software they need available on macOS®. That’s true for the travel industry, too. In spite of the company’s dedication to Apple hardware, TravelEssence needs to use Windows for essential tour-planning tools. Because of this, Andrew faced the challenge of finding the best solution for integrating Windows software into the Apple environment as smoothly as possible. “For me, a computer is only a good computer if it doesn’t present an IT amateur like me with inexplicable puzzles,” Andrew said. “That is why I have always loved Apple Macs for their straightforwardness and user-friendliness. And I expect the same from a piece of software.”

Andrew finally found the answer to his predicament with Parallels Desktop® for Mac Business Edition. This solution enables employees to switch between native Mac software and the virtualized Windows environment while talking to a customer—without rebooting. This helps keep messages and route-planning details always in view. Copy and paste can even be used to share information between Windows and macOS. There are no boundaries between the operating systems—and what’s more, Coherence Mode in Parallels Desktop lets Windows fade into the background so employees only see the needed program windows.

Read the complete case about how TravelEssence bridged the gap between Mac clients and Windows software.

Learn more about all the features in Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition and download a free trial!

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Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

Customer Request: You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

“You should make a Parallels Desktop for Windows.”

I have received
this suggestion many, many times.

The short answer is, “I have done that. Several times.”

The long answer is I have been involved with three different efforts to create a virtualization product for Windows desktops: Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC (also known as Windows Virtual PC), and Parallels Workstation for Windows (also known as Parallels Workstation Extreme). See Figure 1.

desktop virtualization apps for Windows
Figure 1_Some desktop virtualization apps for Windows

All of these
products worked well and did exactly what you would expect a desktop
virtualization app to do: run another operating system (OS) in a window on your
computer. They all had the integration features you would expect: drag and drop
from one OS to another, run applications in the virtualized OS, use the network
connection of your computer to give the virtualized OS a network connection, and
more.

And these products all had their fans. One particular example is rather interesting. I gave a demo of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows to Henry Norr, then a technology columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. At the beginning of the meeting, Norr said, “I only took this meeting because of your reputation, but I have to tell you that the idea of a Virtual PC for Windows is one of the silliest ideas I have ever heard. Who would want such a product?”

I gave Henry a demo of the basics of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, and everything worked well—but he was not at all impressed. Then I gave a demo of the Undo Drives feature. (See sidebar on Undo Drives, a feature that is in today’s Parallels Desktop® for Mac, as well as the three products mentioned at the beginning of this blog post.)

Sidebar: Undo Drives

Undo Drives is an advanced feature of most desktop virtualization products. Turn on Undo Drives, and then do anything you want in the system. Install applications, add files, get a virus by visiting a dodgy website, delete a file, uninstall an application, change any system preferences you want—even over several days of use. Then push the “Undo” button, and it’s as if none of these things ever happened. The Undo Drives tool is even more powerful than Windows Restore Points because restore points can fail. Undo Drives never fail.

Henry
immediately saw how Undo Drives would be a great feature for any technology
columnist. “I always worry when I install a beta of something on my system, and
a few times that beta software has really messed up my system. Undo Drives
would take that worry away completely.” Henry installed and used Connectix
Virtual PC for Windows and wrote a very favorable review of the product.

However, these
fans did not translate into significant sales for Connectix Virtual PC for
Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC, and Parallels Workstation for Windows. Eventually,
these products were all cancelled.

“But with a Parallels Desktop for Windows, I could run
macOS on my PC!”

Well, no, you
couldn’t—at least not legally. The macOS® end user
license agreement does not allow macOS to be run on non-Apple®
hardware. If my many years in the software industry have taught me anything, it’s
that you never want the Apple lawyers mad at you. (Or the Microsoft lawyers
either, but that’s another story.)

“Maybe a virtualization app for Windows makes sense,
but you messed up each time. Maybe you are a software jinx.”

OK, I left
myself open on that one.

Try Parallels Desktop for free for 14 days!

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Unavoidable Windows Software, Avoidable PCs


Andrew Morten has always been a fervent Mac® aficionado, and he imbued his own business, TravelEssence, with this propensity for Mac computers. The company is also a result of personal interests: custom tours (away from the usual tourist traps) specializing in Australia and New Zealand. TravelEssence relies on Mac as part of its company philosophy. The tour operator’s staff (around 60) uses Mac exclusively for their work—15 Mac mini® and 50 MacBook® computers.

TravelEssence uses the applications that come with macOS® to handle day-to-day chores and correspondence: Mail, Pages, Photos, and more. This helps save license expenses and minimizes the IT teams’ internal workload. But the travel agency faced a challenge. Two essential travel-handling tools are only available on Windows: the airline reservation system, Galileo, and the travel planning tool, Tourwriter.

Whenever a company resolves to use only Mac but finds that essential software is only available for Windows, IT must come up with a solution—preferably a user-friendly one. The agency’s Mac computers needed to provide Windows as a secondary system in order to make flight reservations. The Apple® solution, Boot Camp®, requires the user to reboot the computer to change operating systems, making it a less-than-ideal solution for switching between macOS and Windows.

TravelEssence needed to use the Windows-based tour-operator tools alongside native Mac applications—so Andrew Morten saw Parallels Desktop® for Mac Business Editions as the perfect solution. After a trial period, it was clear: Parallels Desktop enables employees to switch seamlessly between macOS and Windows applications. There’s no reboot needed, and users can even copy and paste between the two worlds. And with Coherence Mode, Windows remains in the background, leaving the running programs in the user’s focus.

Read more about how TravelEssence managed to use Windows and macOS side by side by using Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition.

Learn more about all the features in Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition and download a free trial!

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Meet the Parallels Team at Microsoft Ignite in Stockholm


Parallels will be showcasing Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition at Microsoft Ignite, The Tour in Stockholm, Sweden between April 24 and 25, 2019.

Microsoft Ignite is the tech conference where you can explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas.

Event Microsoft Ignite, The Tour
Date 24 April 2019   –   25 April 2019
Venue

Stockholmsmassan, Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö

 

Our team Timofey Furyaev – Project Manager, Ian Appleby – Sales Territory Manager Northern Europe and Sina Walleit – Channel Marketing Manager are looking forward to seeing you at Microsoft Ignite in Stockholm on April 24 – 25, 2019.

For more information or if you would like to schedule a meeting, please click here. 

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You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

You Should Make Parallels Desktop for Windows!

“You should make a Parallels Desktop for Windows.”

I have received
this suggestion many, many times.

The short answer is, “I have done that. Several times.”

The long answer is I have been involved with three different efforts to create a virtualization product for Windows desktops: Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC (also known as Windows Virtual PC), and Parallels Workstation for Windows (also known as Parallels Workstation Extreme). See Figure 1.

desktop virtualization apps for Windows
Figure 1_Some desktop virtualization apps for Windows

All of these
products worked well and did exactly what you would expect a desktop
virtualization app to do: run another operating system (OS) in a window on your
computer. They all had the integration features you would expect: drag and drop
from one OS to another, run applications in the virtualized OS, use the network
connection of your computer to give the virtualized OS a network connection, and
more.

And these products all had their fans. One particular example is rather interesting. I gave a demo of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows to Henry Norr, then a technology columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. At the beginning of the meeting, Norr said, “I only took this meeting because of your reputation, but I have to tell you that the idea of a Virtual PC for Windows is one of the silliest ideas I have ever heard. Who would want such a product?”

I gave Henry a demo of the basics of Connectix Virtual PC for Windows, and everything worked well—but he was not at all impressed. Then I gave a demo of the Undo Drives feature. (See sidebar on Undo Drives, a feature that is in today’s Parallels Desktop® for Mac, as well as the three products mentioned at the beginning of this blog post.)

Sidebar: Undo Drives

Undo Drives is an advanced feature of most desktop virtualization products. Turn on Undo Drives, and then do anything you want in the system. Install applications, add files, get a virus by visiting a dodgy website, delete a file, uninstall an application, change any system preferences you want—even over several days of use. Then push the “Undo” button, and it’s as if none of these things ever happened. The Undo Drives tool is even more powerful than Windows Restore Points because restore points can fail. Undo Drives never fail.

Henry
immediately saw how Undo Drives would be a great feature for any technology
columnist. “I always worry when I install a beta of something on my system, and
a few times that beta software has really messed up my system. Undo Drives
would take that worry away completely.” Henry installed and used Connectix
Virtual PC for Windows and wrote a very favorable review of the product.

However, these
fans did not translate into significant sales for Connectix Virtual PC for
Windows, Microsoft Virtual PC, and Parallels Workstation for Windows. Eventually,
these products were all cancelled.

“But with a Parallels Desktop for Windows, I could run
macOS on my PC!”

Well, no, you
couldn’t—at least not legally. The macOS® end user
license agreement does not allow macOS to be run on non-Apple®
hardware. If my many years in the software industry have taught me anything, it’s
that you never want the Apple lawyers mad at you. (Or the Microsoft lawyers
either, but that’s another story.)

“Maybe a virtualization app for Windows makes sense,
but you messed up each time. Maybe you are a software jinx.”

OK, I left
myself open on that one.

Try Parallels Desktop for free for 14 days!

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Parallels Innovations Continue as Part of the Corel Family

Parallels Innovations Continue as Part of the Corel Family


From our humble beginnings as a small startup, we envisioned and created solutions for virtualized computing. Our constant focus on innovating better customer experiences generated dozens of industry firsts, which were introduced with every new product release over the years. Today, the Parallels family of software solutions make it simpler than ever to securely run the applications you need on any device—anytime, anywhere.

This unrivaled leadership in innovation began in 2006 with the introduction of mainstream virtualization on Mac® computers; we utilized the Apple®-Intel architecture to create Parallels Desktop® for Mac.

Parallels Desktop 2.5

Figure 1: First ever released version of Parallels Desktop for Mac

 

This innovation has continued thanks to all our employees, partners, and customers who make Parallels the success it is today!

Now, Parallels continues to operate independently as part of the Corel family of software brands—so it’s business as usual for our team, partners, and customers. Corel’s plans for significant investments in Parallels will enable us to accelerate our work at innovating software solutions that benefit businesses and consumers worldwide. Although I can’t share details yet, we look forward to delivering brand-new Parallels software in 2019, as well as further enhancing the features and performance of our family of quality software solutions.

As we integrate our businesses, our #1 priority is continuing to deliver the best-quality products and services for our customers. With Parallels being an independent business unit of Corel, this is an easy, business-as-usual transition. We’re learning each other’s best practices, sharing technologies, and leveraging our strengths to accelerate profitable growth that benefits our customers.

Parallels Partner Conference

Figure 2: Corel and Parallels employees at the Parallels Partner Conference in Malta in March 2019

 

We would like to say thank you to our entire community for being part of the Parallels evolution and we look forward to continuing our innovations as part of the Corel family.

Check out the latest and greatest Parallels solutions for business and home. Download free trials and experience how easy it can be to save time and be more productive from any device.

Best,

Nick

Co-founder and Vice President of Parallels

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