History[ edit ] Released on June 15, , it was the first software product to bring mainstream virtualization to Macintosh computers utilizing the Apple—Intel architecture earlier software products ran PC software in an emulated environment. Parallels agreed: Each virtual machine thus operates identically to a standalone computer, with virtually all the resources of a physical computer. For example, a running virtual machine can be stopped, copied to another physical computer, and restarted. Version 2.
Parallels Desktop was already one of the best utilities on the market for switching between operating systems, but in the latest release that's been updated for Mountain Lion and Windows 8, it's even better. Parallels Desktop allows you to switch between operating systems organically without the need to reboot your Mac. Regardless of which system you're running at the time, when you open a file type that's for another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes the file type and makes the switch for you.