The latest version of Parallels, a tool that allows users to run virtual versions of Windows on their Mac, has a new feature that almost seems like a joke at Apple’s expense. Aside from some performance upgrades, the most interesting part about the new Parallels update is the fact that users can now run Cortana on OS X. What’s so funny about this, you ask? Well, it’s funny because Apple hasn’t even brought Siri to OS X and yet Mac users can now run Microsoft’s virtual assistant on their system.
Parallels, the virtual machine go-to for Macs alongside Apple’s own Boot Camp, has another annual update, bringing Windows 10 to your Mac. However, this year Parallels adds one feature previously unknown to common Mac users—a virtual assistant. As far as updates go, it’s all-around better software: boots 50 percent faster, with a quarter better battery life, and speed bumps in moving files and tasks in Windows 10. But one of its coolest tricks—aside from smashing Windows and Mac into an almost seamless OS—is the inclusion of an always-on Cortana. Just like in Windows 10, a Mac equipped with Parallels 11 will be able to summon Cortana with the familiar phrase, “Hey Cortana.” However, when you’re working away like usual, Cortana hides out of sight. Neat! Add Cortana to the fact that Microsoft recently added its new Edge browser to Windows Virtual Machine and you’re getting all the neat Windows 10 goodies without having to completely abandon your fruit-branded laptop.