Parallels Desktop for Mac
1 Crystal Mode Makes Your Mac Crystal Clear.

With Crystal mode, Parallels Desktop is able to provide better integration between your Mac and virtual machine.  The Crystal mode can hide in your tool bar and Dock and facade itself as a possible Mac application or tool. With hidden menus, icons and controls, Parallels Desktop 5 has become more seamless by lessening the visual clutter on your desktop and speeding up the accessibility of Windows applications. Look at this active crystal mode feature:

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Read what people are saying about Crystal mode in Parallels Desktop 5:

@penningtonj: .@ParallelsMac 5 crystal mode is fantastic. Well worth the upgrade for that alone. Great job on this Parallels!

@nrg: @ParallelsMac Crystal Mode rocks! That damn IE looks like it's part of OSX now 🙂 The performance increase is also stunning. #impressive

@bldngnerd: loving the new Crystal mode in parallels along with their Mac theme for windows, everything looks the same

@paynetc: I'm really loving the Crystal view mode in the new #Parallels 5. The less I have to see #Windows to use it on my #Mac, the better.


If you have any other question regarding using this feature, check out this knowledge base article: http://kb.parallels.com/en/6857


Parallels Desktop for Mac
17 Ready to Run Windows 8.1 on Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac?

An update from one of our product marketing experts:

Windows 8.1 was released today, and we are happy to share that we released an update for Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac  — so, now you can update your Windows 8 virtual machines to Windows 8.1. The best approach is to:

(1) update Parallels Desktop 9, then,

(2) boot your Windows 8 virtual machine — which will then automatically update the Parallels Tools inside the virtual machine — and then,

(3) upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

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