Parallels 11 brings Macs and PCs together like never before

Once upon a time you were either a Mac or a PC kind of person. Those adverts with Jason Long and the PC guy told us so. For the past few years however, running a dual boot system or, indeed, “parallel” systems has become far easier, especially through the use of Parallels software. Now Parallels 11 has been released, adding Windows 10 support to the side-by-side OS system.

There are three versions of the new piece of Mac software: Parallels Desktop 11, a Mac Pro Edition, and a Mac for Business Edition. These not only let you run Windows 10 alongside your OS X install, but bring with them a number of features from Micrsoft’s new flagship operating system — features such as Cortana, the digital assistant who can give you directions or restaurant advice.

Parallels 11 also boots 50 percent faster than previous iterations of the system, and file operations are 20 percent quicker too, according to CNET.

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The Pro Edition may draw the interest of regular users as well, though it was built with developers in mind. It supports software like Docker, Visual Studio, as well as other developer tools. The Business Edition, meanwhile, is designed for use in situations where there is likely to be an administrator and a range of users. That version also comes with extended support for those who need it.

Pricing starts at $50 for those who already own a copy of Parallels 9 or 10, while for those who don’t, there’s an $80 charge for the standard Parallels Desktop 11. Enterprises looking to take on the Mac Pro Edition or Business Edition can expect to pay out $100 for the year, with a recurring charge coming into play for continued usage after that period expires.

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