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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (Retail 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 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 (Retail Version)
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    Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (Retail Version)
     
    5.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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        5.0

        The best got better

        By Kryten

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Running Windows

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

          Parallels is an excellent virtualization platform for the Mac and this version is even better than the previous. I got a free upgrade to v9 with the purchase of this from B&H which made it even better value for money!

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

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          5.0

          Great Software

          By REVITUSER

          from Florida

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Manages Software Collaboration Well
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Graphics & Publishing

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

            Great to use Revit under Mac.
            Easy to install and upgrade.

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

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            5.0

            Great Price and free upgrade

            By Chaiver

            from Las vegas,NV

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

                  Great price for 29.99 USD and is OK to Free Upgrade to PD9 on official website

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                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Easy to Load

                  By Beth

                  from SC

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Manages Software Collaboration Well

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

                      Using Windows 8 on a Mac Pro only to use Quicken 2013. Everything loaded up & updated & worked with no issues. Was using Quicken with XP, moved the file to Mac after installing Parallels 8, opened up & worked perfect including connecting to banks and downloading transactions.

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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