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Run Windows and Mac Applications Side by Side with Parallels Desktop 11

In this day and age, it is almost impossible to run an operating system without having a naysayer or two exclaim that their OS is better. Well-known fact—you can have the best of both worlds with Parallels Desktop software. The newly released Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac not only boasts boot and shutdown time speed improvements of up to 50 percent, and a new Travel Mode that extends battery life up to 15 percent while on the go, it also includes support for Windows 10 and is Mac OS X El Capitan ready.

Parallels basically allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. You can easily switch from your PC to Mac and retain all your bookmarks, files, applications, and more. And it’s not just for Windows—Linux and Google Chrome OS are also supported. A host of other features includes allowing Mac users to run Windows 10 and leverage the advantages of Microsoft's personal assistant, Cortana, when using both Windows and Mac OS X. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has made a Windows feature available for Mac OS X applications. Parallels Desktop 11 also provides experimental support for the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan prior to its launch and will fully support the platform shortly after its release in autumn, 2015.

Launch Windows apps right from the Dock or select them from the Launchpad. Mission Control will also expose your Windows apps so you can see which apps are open and switch to them quickly. If you're working in Mac OS X, you'll get Windows alerts in the Mac Notification Center so you can stay updated.

The list is extensive—USB-C and USB 3.0 support, Finders tabs work with Windows apps, and Retina display support for Windows, to name a few. The ease with which you can now switch between a Mac OS and a Windows OS just got a lot easier, and a lot more robust. No more complaints—the best of both worlds is possible with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac.

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