To gain access to those features and more, Pro users will have to pay a $100 per year subscription if they want to stay current with the software, though people upgrading from Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 can upgrade for $50 a year. If they choose to do so, those users will lock in the $50 subscription rate for as long as they want to keep using Parallels Desktop Pro. Subscribers will get ongoing software updates to Parallels Desktop, including automatic upgrades to future major releases.
The consumer version of Parallels Desktop costs $80 and doesn't require a subscription. People who own a copy of Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 can upgrade to the new version for $50.
VMWare Fusion, the closest competitor to Parallels Desktop, is hot on its heels. The company is offering new users a 10 percent discount on licenses for Fusion 7, and promises a free upgrade to Fusion 8 when it's released later this summer.
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