Following the beta release of Apple's new OS X Yosemite early this summer, Parallels, Inc. announced on August 20 that it will release a new version of its virtualization software, Parallels Desktop for Mac, next week. As well as being updated and optimized for Yosemite, the new Desktop 10 will feature improved Mac integration for users who need to run Windows programs on their Apple computers, the main target audience for Desktop.

Desktop 10 will run faster and more efficiently than previous versions, and is designed to make the transition between Yosemite and Windows almost seamless by converting Windows features to the new Yosemite interface, making the experience of running Windows as similar to ordinary Mac usage as possible from both a graphic and a technical standpoint. The new software can already be acquired by users of earlier versions of Desktop, and will become available to all others next week. No date has been set for the definitive release of Yosemite, but it's reasonable to expect that it will drop this fall.

While Desktop 10 is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly for Apple consumers, the fact remains that Mac integration of Windows is not typically something that neophytes can undertake alone, and users who turn to Parallel's software may engage the services of a Mac IT support provider, who can help make the task of running Windows on a Mac as simple as possible and even provide certified Apple training for customers who are new to Mac, Mac integration, or both.

Mac integration is a tremendously useful skill to master in the tech world — while the gap between Apple and Microsoft products can often appear insurmountable, it turns out that it can be bridged with the proper training.