Parallels Desktop 11 With Windows 10 Support, El Capitan, Always-On Cortana Released

Uzair Ghani
Posted 1 year ago

Parallels Desktop 11 is now available to download with full support for Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan. But that’s not all, it also supports always-on Cortana right on your Mac.


Parallels Desktop is a great way to run Windows coherently on a Mac. And while the software has been around for a long time, today’s release marks a big improvement in how users will see Parallels Desktop. For instance, the new software is 50% faster than before. Taking things further, boot-up and shut down routines have also been given a 50% boost, and file operations are now 20% faster as well.

The most killer feature in Parallels Desktop 11 is always-on Cortana, which means that you can utilize Microsoft’s voice assistant as long as Windows 10 is running in the background. The best part is: the ‘Hey Cortana’ hotword works system-wide.

Overall, Parallels Desktop 11 is a marked improvement over the previous releases, and we highly recommend that users give it a shot before opting for something else, since the software comes with a free trial.

Parallels Desktop 11 also supports OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the next-gen desktop OS from Cupertino, so you can rest assured that when the software drops this fall, Parallels Desktop 11 will have full support for it.

The full list of features are as follows. Please click to zoom in for better readability.


If you’re a user of Parallels Desktop already, then upgrading to the new version will cost you $49.99, and if you’re starting from scratch, then Parallels Desktop 11 comes attached with a $79.99 price tag. Lastly, Parallels is also offering a full-featured 14-day trial that you can avail right now.

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The Pro Edition comes attached with even more features, and can be had for $99.99/year. And if you’re a business user, then Parallels has you covered in that regard as well, and will cost you $99.99/year.

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 2.49.14 PMIf you’re not acquainted with Parallels Desktop just yet, then be sure to check out the videos embedded below.

All set for Parallels Desktop 11? Then head over to this link for more details, and of course download links for the free trial itself.

If you do happen to upgrade or try out Parallels Desktop 11 on your Mac, then be sure to let us know in the comments section what you think about the new software, and of course, always-on Cortana.

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