Parallels Desktop for Mac Wins Reader’s Choice Awards

April 2, 2012

Readers Vote and Landslide Victory Ensues for Parallels, Winner for Two Years Running

Renton, WA. April 2, 2012 – has released the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012, and for the second year running Parallels Desktop® for Mac has taken home honors in the “Best Application for Running Windows” category. A landslide victory, Parallels® garnered 72 percent of the votes, with the closest competitor receiving only 15 percent.

“Winning this award is a huge honor because it is a validation of our commitment to building products that delight out customers,” said Kim Johnston, vice president of marketing for the Desktop Virtualization and Mac division at Parallels. “We take great pride in innovating and delivering products that address our customer’s needs, whether they are a small business or enterprise, student or developer. It is great to see that the work we have done has been so well received.”

In other recent developments, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac was updated to provide experimental support for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, including simple download and automatic installation of Windows 8 via the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard. The update also adds experimental support for OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview as both a host and guest. Now Mac enthusiasts and developers can safely try Windows 8 Consumer Preview and OS X Mountain Lion in Parallels Desktop 7 virtual machines to protect their Mac from potential mishaps or corruption of important files that can occur with preview versions of software.

All of these great features are also available to customers on-the-go. With the Parallels Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, you can remotely access and control both your Mac and Windows applications, and files, from anywhere. Its features include audio support for Flash and the ability to copy and paste text between Windows programs on Mac and your Apple mobile devices. Parallels Mobile is available in the iTunes App Store, and even works on the iPad 3.

Here at Parallels we are keenly aware that Mac use in enterprise environments is growing more prevalent. We listened to the unique needs of businesses and created Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Enterprise Edition to make it fast, simple and cost-effective for them to implement Macs in the enterprise. The Enterprise Edition empowers businesses and IT departments to support Windows based business applications for Mac users with a configurable, policy-compliant solution that easily fits into existing business processes and helps reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining client-based software.

For people who want to switch from PC to Mac there is the Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition™, which includes Parallels Desktop 7 plus the Parallels High Speed USB transfer cable, as well as almost two hours of video tutorials that make it easy to learn how to use your new Mac.

A free trial of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac software is available for download at Current Parallels Desktop 7 users can get the update by selecting the Parallels Desktop menu and clicking Check for Updates.

Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available from Packaged software is available at Apple retail stores,,, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other retail locations nationwide. The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is $79.99 and a student edition is available for $39.99. Parallels Desktop 7 Switch to Mac Edition is $99.99. The Parallels Mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store for a limited time promotional price of $4.99; the standard retail price is $19.99.

About Parallels
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