Parallels Desktop 8: Free with Purchase

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Now Mac users and PC users can share their operating system experiences with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. This virtualization software lets you enjoy the latest Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without rebooting your computer.

You can use the latest Mountain Lion and Lion features in Windows apps, and even access your Windows and Mac programs from your iPad or iPhone with the optional Parallels Mobile app (available separately for purchase in the App Store).

New features in this program include the ability to use Mountain Lion’s Dictation tool in both Mac and Windows apps, implementing Mac OS X Mountain Lion features like Launchpad and Mission Control with Windows applications, and the ability to switch from Safari to the same page in Internet Explorer with a single click when viewing pages that present conflicting rendering situations.

Also new are features that let you run presentations, videos and other full-screen Windows apps more easily with Fullscreen on Demand, and Retina display support for both Mac and Windows. There’s also a Presentation Wizard which allows you to show presentations from your Mac on any external monitor or projector. You can also run Mac OS X Mountain Lion as a guest operating system or share Bluetooth devices like the Facetime HD Camera between Mac and Windows. There’s even a shared Trash Can so that your Mac Trash Can and Windows Recycle Bin can be managed from one desktop.

A number of features have been enhanced as well, including the viewing of hard drive space limitations on your virtual machine, and using standard MAC OS X system preferences to set keyboard shortcuts instead of using the preferences panel in Parallels Desktop. There’s even a Coherence Mode, which runs Windows but hides the Windows desktop in the background. Windows apps will appear in the Mac Dock, so that you can switch between them without using the Windows interface.

You can now receive a free version of this software with every Mac purchase from B&H Photo. Simply:

  1. Find the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro that you want to purchase.
  1. Under the “Buy Together and Save” heading below the Product Highlights, click on “Click Here to Select your Choice of FREE Software.”
  1. You’ll see the Parallels Desktop 8 Software for Mac item pop up.
  1. Select it and it will be added to your cart free of charge.

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Hardware Requirements A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor (Core Solo and Core Duo processors are
no longer supported)
Minimum 2GB of memory (4GB of memory is recommended to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine or if your host OS is Lion)
About 700MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for
Parallels Desktop installation
About 15GB of disk space for each virtual machine
Software Requirements Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
Note: Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.x is not supported in this
version of Parallels Desktop
Note: Internet connection is required for product activation,
updates and select features
Supported Guest 32-bit
Operating Systems
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
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 17, 16, 15 
Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04  
CentOS 5.x, 4.x
Debian 6.0, 5.0
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
Mandriva 2011, 2010
Solaris 10
Open Solaris 2009.06
Chrome OS
FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x
OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
eComStation 1.2
Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
Android OS
Supported Guest 64-bit
Operating Systems
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
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 17, 16, 15
Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04
CentOS 6.x, 5.x
Debian 6.0, 5.0
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP2
OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
Mandriva 2011, 2010
Solaris 10
Open Solaris 2009.06
Oracle Solaris 11
FreeBSD 8.x,7.x
Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
Mac OS X Lion 10.7x
Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
Note: Includes experimental support for 32- and 64-bit
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