Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (OEM, Electronic Download)

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (OEM, Electronic Download)

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (OEM, Electronic Download)


Product Highlights

  • Parallels Toolbox for Mac Included
  • Store Edge Passwords in Keychain
  • Supports Windows 10 Xbox App
  • Keep Windows Open in the Background
  • Improved Retina Support for Windows VMs
  • Supports Windows 10
  • Supports Linux & Google Chrome OS
  • macOS Sierra Ready
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Parallels PDFM12L-ESD-BH-US overview

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Run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, which is the OEM version, via electronic download. With support for Windows 10 as well as being optimized and ready for macOS Sierra, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac can run both Windows and Mac applications side by side. Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac also supports older versions of Windows, Chrome OS, Ubuntu, and other Linux distributions.

Parallels Toolbox for Mac is included with Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. It features tools and utilities to simplify everyday tasks. Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button.

PC and Xbox gamers will get increased support in Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. Parallels engineers worked with Blizzard Entertainment and optimized Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac to support Overwatch, a popular 2016 PC and Xbox game. Parallels Desktop also supports the Windows 10 Xbox app, enabling people to stream and play Xbox games on their Macs (Xbox One gaming console required and sold separately).

All Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac customers will receive a one-year subscription to the backup solution from Acronis True Image, which includes a fast incremental backup feature that reduces the time and size of subsequent backups and provides up to 500GB of free online storage.


Parallels Toolbox for Mac features tools that simplify everyday tasks on your Mac.
Support for Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch PC game.
Support for Windows 10 Xbox app, for streaming and playing all Xbox games on a Mac.
Schedule Windows updates for an appropriate time at night to avoid time-consuming disruptions during your day.
Control storage space used by VMs directly from Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra.
Store Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer passwords in Mac Keychain.
Assign special behaviors to Windows apps, such as Always Open Full Screen or Always Hide Other Apps, so they play better on your Mac.
Easily cancel time-consuming VM actions.
Open documents from SharePoint and Office 365 in Microsoft Office for Windows desktop applications directly from your favorite Mac browser.
Keep Windows ready in the background, instead of suspending the VM, to instantly open Windows applications and documents.
Outlook for Windows now features your recently accessed documents, both Mac and Windows, so they are conveniently available to select when you add attachments to your emails.
Improved Retina support for resizing Windows VMs.

Performance Enhancements

Up to 90 percent faster Snapshot creation.
Up to 60 percent faster suspend of VMs.
Up to 25 percent faster Shared Folders performance.
Compile Visual Studio projects on shared folders up to 25 percent faster.
Up to 10 percent battery life improvement under certain conditions.
Improved VM responsiveness when your Mac is low on free memory.
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Parallels PDFM12L-ESD-BH-US specs

Operating System Requirements macOS Sierra 10.12
Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.5
Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 or later
System Requirements RAM
4 GB (8 GB recommended)
850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
Additional disk space for virtual machines (SSD drives recommended for better performance)
Internet connection required for product download, activation, updates, and select features
Requires Windows or other operating system (not included)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 5.0 x 0.2"

Parallels PDFM12L-ESD-BH-US reviews

Desktop 12 for Mac (OEM, Electronic Download) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 92.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Parallels continues to impress, but... The B&H license delivery/management portal could use a bit of polish. Attempting to forward myself the license for inclusion in my own license manager provided an email saying the license is available in the B&H portal - but did not include the actual key as desired/anticipated. And it doesn't help eliminate registering the product at Parallels, so there's not much win at the moment for the B&H tool. Hopefully it will improve over time. Still, that aside, hard to beat B&H for their overall great service, support, products, and pricing. Parallels 12 is a nice improvement of an already good product, no regrets on getting it.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Windows on a Mac... smooth as glass For awhile, VMWare and Parallels took turns leapfrogging each other as the leader in their market, but now they are both very good and I like them both. In fact, I use VMware on my MacBook Pro, and Parallels on my iMac. That said, one perk of going Parallels is you get their Parallels Toolbox for Mac for free -- at least I did. This is actually a noteworthy, as many of these utilities -- like video file conversion, screen casting and capturing Vimeo and YouTube videos. I already have these utilities in other products, but if I didn't, I'd buy Parallels over VMware for these extras. One more thing: I got my Parallels through B&H when I bought my iMac. What a COOL extra to throw in; I *love* these guys!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Convert your Mac to a Mack Daddy PC Installed this on a new MacBook Pro for college bound kiddo. It was apparent while researching colleges that depending on your school or major you could have the need for both Mac and PC applications. This software makes it very easy to setup a virtual PC on your MacBook and this version has a lot of features to automatically manage the machine to run optimally. It was simple to install, walks you through everything step by step and helps you download, install, and license Windows 10. Once you are up and running, the software does a nice job of bridging the two virtual machines so there is continuity in your files from one system to the next. Electronic download from B&H was a breeze and worked perfect.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wouldn't consider buying software from B&H. Got my license 2 weeks after order and key doesn't work.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good buy for the price I have been using parallels since version 4, it has an annual upgrade cycle costing between $60 to $30 if you can find some deals. As a product it's really good, very stable and maintains future parity with the other VM solutions. However the cost of upgrading is high, especially as each upgrade generally adds incremental value. B&H has an offer where you get this product 'free' with the laptop so it completes an essential purchase (for me - I run a lot of special programs (professional) and games across multiple VMs). However if you already have the previous versions, I would recommend skipping one version or even two if it doesn't have any really essential feature. I have occasionally been two versions behind and haven't encountered any issues.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Product appears to be ok... So I received this software as part of a Mac computer purchase a few weeks ago. After I figured out to get the activation key loading the software was pretty easy. Making a Windows XP virtual machine was also easy. From what I can see Parallels is pretty easy to has a mostly intuitive interface. Starting and stopping windows within Parallels is straightforward. The reason why I didn't give it a 5 is because its difficult to get technical support. I did have an issue and ultimately I resolved it myself.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product especially when free I really love getting this for free every couple of years (or at a significant discount) when ordering from BH! Else its a good product marred by an annual *upgrade* cycle which doesn't add enough value if you pay full retail price.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from worked fine after finally arrived Promptly resolved after I complained about the delay--still not sure why I had to wait a week and complain first, but at least they resolved it promptly soon after. I actually complained via website and direct email: one of those venues told me he couldn't help me without an order number (I only ordered one product--a macbook pro with the parallels as a promised free included) but the other one got back to me with the promised download info within a day.
Date published: 2016-12-23
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