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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version)

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Product Highlights
  • Run Windows and OS X Apps Side-by-Side
  • Use Mountain Lion Dictation Tools on PC
  • Add Windows Apps to OS X Launchpad
  • 30% Faster for 3D Graphics
  • 25% Faster for Windows Start/Stop/Resume
  • Improved Graphics
  • Optional Parallel Mobile App
  • Retina Display with Windows Apps
  • Drag and Drop Email Attachments
  • No Rebooting

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version) is the upgrade for Parallels Desktop 7, and now features the use of Mountain Lion's Dictation tool across both PC and Mac, drag and drop simplicity for email attachments, and an enhanced Parallels Mobile App for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows apps and programs side-by-side with your Mac OS. Using an Intel-based Mac as your starting point, you can run your favorite PC games, applications or programs from your Mac desktop. No more dual-system rebooting, no more compatibility checks - if it runs on your PC, it should run on Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac.

The Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac adds new features, like a 30% increase in graphics performance compared to previous versions, or a 25% increase in speed when you start, stop and resume Windows. There is also an enhanced Parallels Mobile App (sold separately through the App Store), which allows you to copy-and-paste, enjoy audio, and access your Mac and Windows programs with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Other enhancements include the option to add Windows apps to the Mountain Lion or Lion Launchpad to quickly launch Mac and Windows apps you use the most, or the ability to enjoy your Retina display with your Windows apps. You can also drag and drop files from the desktop onto the Doc Icons for Outlook or other Windows email clients to add them as email attachments.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac takes advantage of Mac OS X Mountain Lion's features and applies them to Windows programs, like support for Launchpad, Dictation, Notification Center and Mission Control. If you ever wanted to experience life with dual systems, this is the program that allows you to do it.

Seamless Simplicity
With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can run both Windows and Mac OS X Lion applications side-by-side with speed, control and reliability.
Innovation
Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple. Bring all your PC programs, documents, photos, music and browser bookmarks to your Mac, then run them all like they were made for your Mac - without rebooting.
Performance and Personalization
Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.
Hardware Requirements • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor.
• Minimum 2 GB of memory (4 GB of memory is recommended to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine or if your host OS is Lion
• About 500 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation.
• About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine.
Software Specification
Software Requirements Macintosh Computers
• Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
• Mac OS X Lion 10.7
• Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
• Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later

Note: Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.x is not supported in this version of Parallels Desktop.
Supported Operating Systems 32-Bit Operating Systems
•Windows 7
•Windows Vista SP 0, SP 1, SP 2
•Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows 2000 Professional SP4
•Windows 2000 Server SP4
•Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
•Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
•Windows ME
•Windows 98 SE
•Windows 95
•Windows 3.11
•MS-DOS 6.22
•Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x, 4.x
•Fedora 15, 14, 13, 12
•Ubuntu 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10
•CentOS 5.x, 4.x
•Debian 5.0
•Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2
•Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
•OpenSUSE Linux 11.x
•Mandriva 2010, 2009
•Solaris 10
•Open Solaris 2009.06
•FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x
•OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
•eComStation 1.2
•Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 (on Lion or Mountain Lion only)
•Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7
•Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
•Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x

64-Bit Operating Systems
•Windows 7
•Windows Vista SP 0, SP 1, SP 2
•Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
•Windows XP Professional SP2
•Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x
•Fedora 15, 14, 13, 12
•Ubuntu 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10
•CentOS 5.x
•Debian 5.0
•Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2
•Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
•OpenSUSE Linux 11.x
•Mandriva 2010, 2009
•Solaris 10
•Open Solaris 2009.06
•FreeBSD 8.x,7.x
•Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
•Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x

Includes experimental support for 32- and 64-bit Windows 8 Developer and Consumer Previews.
Virtual machine operating systems - such as Windows, Linux, and Solaris - are not included.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version)
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    Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version)
     
    4.5

    (based on 121 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (83)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (96)
    • Easy to navigate (72)
    • Fast (67)
    • Great value (67)
    • Good power output (48)

    Cons

    • Slows down system (13)
    • Compatibility issues (9)
    • Hard to install or upgrade (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home use (59)
    • Business (47)
    • Educational purposes (31)
    • Multimedia (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (81), Budget shopper (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (71), Business (33)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (105)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good, not great

    I use Parallels 8 to do computer programming on Windows. For the most part I've been happy with it. The performance in my use seems to be on par with Virtual Box by...Read complete review

    I use Parallels 8 to do computer programming on Windows. For the most part I've been happy with it. The performance in my use seems to be on par with Virtual Box by Oracle.

    There are a handful of things Parallels performs great at: I like the fact they automatically setup advance options like sharing drives and keyboard shortcuts. This allows me to switch back and forth between platforms with ease. However I feel that the default Coherence Mode setup is too tightly coupled – especially with the Crystal Mode option. I switched back to either using full-screen or Modularity.

    My gripes would primarily be with the mouse drives. For some reason the scrolling is just ridiculously fast. I tried everything recommended on the Parallels forums and by googling. Both to no avail.

    Essentially the mouse will scroll too fast with my scroll wheel (even with it set to one line at a time in Control Panel). The touchpad on my Mac seems to work great but not my USB mouse. The only way I found around this issue was to attach the USB mouse directly to my Windows VM which makes it unusable on OSX. This is not exactly a win because I have to revert to using my Mac trackpad when I switch to an App on OSX.

    I also had issues with the Retina display (however it's more or less a Windows issue because of how they do font scaling. I probably will stick this out for a while and if they improve these issues I will keep with them going forward, otherwise I'll head back to Virtual Box.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Defective Software

    The software currently shipped cannot be installed. The user license agreement cannot be accepted and stays grayed out for both the CD version and the download. Contacted tech support and they gave me a...Read complete review

    The software currently shipped cannot be installed. The user license agreement cannot be accepted and stays grayed out for both the CD version and the download. Contacted tech support and they gave me a special download link and I am trying it now. Support Chat with parallels showed other users having the same problem. Operating system OSX Lion, the latest.
    The app for the iphone is defective as well, check the reviews on itunes.

    Reviewed by 121 customers

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    4.0

    Good product

    By Yerg

    from Midwest

    Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

    I like the ease of using parallels instead of boot amp on my Mac. Being able to use a couple of windows programs I like without having to leave the desktop is very convenient. Slows the computer down some, but not unusable.

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    5.0

    Gives you the best of both systems

    By Ken

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Navigate
    • Great Value
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Use
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

      Easy to use, able the switch back and forth from MAC and Widows seamlessly This is a great product

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Nice Product

      By BigFoot

      from Portland, Maine

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Navigate
      • Fast
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

        I used this to install and run Windows on my MacBook Pro. I'm running Win XP with MS Office 2003 which I like because it doesn't use the ribbon interface and it's not bloated with other stuff I don't need. Also, Win XP uses minimal system resources, and it supports USB to Serial connectors which I use to program industrial control equipment, and this works great on the Mac. Some of the industrial software won't install and run properly on later versions of Windows.
        I like that it runs both OS X and Windows programs concurrently, so I can have Safari and MS-Word open in separate windows on the same screen - I don't have to boot one or the other.
        And finally, B&H included it free with my MacBook Pro order.

        There were a few configuration issues I fixed by trial and error, but otherwise it was pretty straight forward and easy to use.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        simple and easy to use

        By durfman

        from nj

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use

          Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

          great product

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By michael

          from TX

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Navigate
          • Fast
          • Great Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Educational Purposes

            Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

            It works great.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Works fine

            By TLatt

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Navigate
            • Fast
            • Great Value
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Educational Purposes
              • Home Use

              Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

              Can't complain. Software is useful coming from PC to Mac.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Excellent software to use windows on MAC

              By Richy

              from New York, NY.

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Navigate
              • Fast
              • Great Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                It works well with Windows 7. All windows software now can be installed on MAC.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                1.0

                A WEEK OF FRUSTRATION LEADS ME QUIT

                By DAVE

                from McLean, VA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • none

                Cons

                • Hard To Install or Upgrade
                • Wast Time Money On N

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                  Ater a week of two-hours of toll calls, and three un-filled promises, I finally got Desktop 8 up -- ONLY TO LEARN THAT IT WANTED ME TO SPEND AN ADDITIONAL $70 to 80 on Windows software. I DECIDED TO FORGOE WINDOWS AND REPLACE MY WIN-ONLY APPS WITH MAC-ONLY APPS. I AM WORKING A SECOND WEEK ON THAT.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great way to use PC programs on a Mac

                  By Western guy

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Fast
                  • Great Value
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Educational Purposes
                    • Home Use
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                    Works like magic

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Very good alternative for compatability

                    By Vivek Raju

                    from Texas

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Fast
                    • Great Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business
                      • Educational Purposes
                      • Home Use

                      Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                      Very good alternative for compatability issues we face. and parallel embeded in the Mac os gives a very please UI. not feeling like working in VM

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Works Perfectly

                      By Big D

                      from Orange County, CA

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Business

                        Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                        Just bought a Mackbook Pro from B & H and installed Parallels it works perfectly with Adobe Illustrator cs5.

                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Works perfectly

                        By Justin

                        from Indianapolis, IN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Fast
                        • Great Value
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                            This program is excellent on my MacBook Pro. I have not used any other programs to run Windows, but this works flawlessly with Windows 7.

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                            5.0

                            the fastest!

                            By cadusarzi

                            from Rio de Janeiro

                            About Me Quality Oriented

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Navigate
                            • Fast
                            • Great Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Educational Purposes
                              • Home Use

                              Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                              I use it since 7ver. and its the best app i saw.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Good Software

                              By bluesteel

                              from Pensacola, Fl

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Navigate
                              • Fast
                              • Great Value
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Use

                                Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                I received Parallels 8 for free when I purchased a computer. I already installed Windows 7 with Boot Camp, but running it without having to reboot is a nice bonus.

                                I haven't found a need to use Windows on my Mac, but it's nice to have just incase there's some software I want to use that doesn't support Mac.

                                If you are considering purchasing it you can use a free trial to see if it works as you would expect it.

                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Seamless

                                By carlosem007

                                from Dayton, OH

                                About Me Value Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Fast
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Slows Down System

                                Best Uses

                                • Educational Purposes
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                Everything I want in a virtual machine, Parallels provides a seamless flow between Mac and Windows OS. I am able to run all the windows apps I want.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Windows in Mac is possible and great

                                By Andrey Batista

                                from Maringá, PR

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Great Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business

                                  Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                  - Run Windows over Mac OS X platform
                                  - Easy to set up and very stable

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  3.0

                                  Odd

                                  By BSim

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                  Can't imagine using this, but had to choose something. Own a Mac to avoid PC.

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                                  5.0

                                  It works

                                  By Aleks

                                  from DFW

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Navigate
                                  • Fast
                                  • Great Value

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Use

                                    Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                    easy setup, works as advertised. Useful product.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Parallel Software

                                    By Chrissy

                                    from Ridgewood, NY

                                    About Me Value Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Fast

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Use

                                      Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                      Great product. Easy to use and fast. Definitely works.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      Fast process and service

                                      By Vern, Dir of Sales and Operations

                                      from Rocklin, CA

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Value
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Business

                                      Comments about Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (OEM Version):

                                      We were looking for specific software for a client. B & H had great pricing, the ordering was easy and delivered quickly.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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