Parallels announced an update to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac on Wednesday, bringing “experimental support” for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Office Preview for Windows 10 to Macs running OS X Yosemite.
Users can download the Windows 10 Technical Preview directly from within Parallels Desktop, creating a virtual machine to try out everything Windows 10 has to offer, including such features as the new Start menu, Photos, Maps app, Cortana and Windows Store beta which offers Office Preview for Windows 10.
“Parallels Desktop enjoys very strong support among software developers and IT pros. We are happy to deliver all the tools they need to quickly and safely test or run the latest OS and applications, now including the Windows 10 Technical Preview,” said Parallels president Jack Zubarev.
The update is available via download from the Parallels Desktop 10 app for existing users. New users can purchase the app for $79.99, with a Student Edition available for $39.99. Users upgrading from existing Parallels Desktop versions, such as version 8 or 9, get upgrade pricing for $49.99.
Early adopters who want to try out Microsoft’s latest OS and offer feedback have the option to do so in Parallels Desktop without having to erase their existing OS. Mac users can download a free two-week trial of Parallels Desktop and use the Parallels Wizard to install and try the free Windows 10 Technical Preview.