Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

Parallels Desktop 8 for MacParallels today launched Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the newest version of the No. 1-selling software for running Windows and Mac applications simultaneously on a Mac without rebooting. People love Macs but many still need to be able to use Windows applications for work, school or hobbies. Now they can enjoy the latest Mountain Lion features in Windows apps with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. Starting August 30, current Parallels Desktop users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac here. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac will be available for purchase at retail stores and via the Parallels website on September 4.

New and enhanced features of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac make life even better for people who love their Macs and want to simultaneously run Windows apps like Internet Explorer, OneNote, Quicken and more. Bringing together the newest versions of the world’s two most popular operating systems –OS X and Windows – opens up a world of opportunity by allowing users to choose how they want Mac and Windows to collaborate. From having the familiar Windows desktop in full screen to having Windows run invisibly, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac delivers powerful performance to run Windows applications, even graphic-intensive ones, like they were made for a Mac. Use Mountain Lion’s Dictation feature in Windows apps, organize Windows “Metro-style” applications in Launchpad, and enjoy the brilliant Retina-display resolution in Windows applications.

“People don’t need to make an either/or choice between Mac and Windows because Macs running Parallels Desktop 8 empower people to simultaneously use applications that best suit their needs – regardless of whether it’s an app for OS X, Windows, Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu, or even Android,” said Parallels CEO Birger Steen, in a statement. “We hear amazing stories from people every day – from students and teachers who need Windows for classes, and developers working on iOS and Android mobile devices, to businesspeople and parents – who all enjoy the freedom Parallels Desktop for Mac gives them.”

As the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend continues to grow rapidly, and more people use Macs in business and at home, Parallels Desktop also offers solutions tailored to specific needs.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition is tailored to the needs of larger companies and IT departments that want to support Windows-based applications on Macs with a configurable, policy-compliant solution. The Enterprise Edition easily fits into existing business processes and helps reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining client-based software.

Parallels also announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac™ Edition, which includes Parallels Desktop 8 software plus a set of switching tools to automatically move programs, files and browser favorites to Mac, as well as in-box video tutorials to learn about the Mac.

New and improved features in Parallels Desktop 8 include:

Life Simplified
• Speak, don’t type – Use the new Mountain Lion Dictation tool across both Windows and Mac environments
• Open in Internet Explorer – When a website doesn’t render well within Safari, launch it in Internet Explorer with a click of a button
• Drag and drop email attachments – Simply drag and drop files from the desktop onto the Dock icons for Outlook and other Windows email clients to attach and share them
• Multilingual keyboard – Keyboard language changes made on the Mac automatically sync, to simplify switching languages in Windows
• Parallels Wizard – Download and automatically install Windows or other operating systems (OSes) including Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Android on your Mac. Parallels Desktop customers have downloaded more than 500,000 copies of Windows using the Parallels Wizard to-date, and many additional customers have moved their Windows PCs to their Mac or added Windows and other OSes
• Bluetooth-sharing – Multiple Windows and Mac devices can now share Bluetooth connections
• Windows apps on OS X Launchpad – Add Windows applications to the Mountain Lion or Lion Launchpad to quickly launch Mac and Windows applications used most
• Consolidated notifications – Integration of Windows notifications into the Mac OS X Notification Center makes it easy to stay updated on Windows virtual machine operations
• Resource monitoring – Disk space and memory usage of virtual machines are conveniently displayed for easy customization and management
• Mountain Lion gestures for Windows apps – Enjoy seamless integration of Mountain Lion gestures with Windows apps such as pinch to zoom, Mission Control, three-finger drag, swipe between full-screen apps, two-finger scroll, Launchpad and rotate

Visually Stunning
• Brilliant Retina display support – Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows OS and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations
• No-hassle presentations – The new Presentation Wizard makes presentations interruption-free by disabling screensavers on Mac and Windows, optimizing the full-screen display and automatically adjusting resolution
• Improved graphics – Don’t compromise, even with graphically intensive applications

Proven Performance
• Unmatched performance – Enjoy improved Parallels Desktop 8 performance that is up to 30 percent faster for input/output (I/O) operations, 30 percent faster for games and up to 25 percent faster for virtual machine operations such as boot, suspend, shutdown and resume, when compared to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac**. Parallels Desktop 7 beat the leading competitor in nearly 75 percent of the benchmark tests conducted by MacTech magazine and won 60 percent of the tests by a factor of 10 percent or more.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is available beginning Aug. 30, 2012, as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers on starting September 4. Packaged software will also be available starting September 4 at Apple retail stores,,, Fry’s Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other resellers and retail locations nationwide.

The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is US$79.99, and the a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Student Edition is available for US$39.99. a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition is US$99.99. Upgrades are starting Aug. 30 for existing Parallels Desktop for Mac customers for US$49.99. Special pricing of US$49.99 for the full version is available to customers currently using VMware Fusion – more info here.

Subscription offerings including business-class support, ongoing software updates and major version upgrades for Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition are available by contacting the Parallels Sales Team at (page available Sept 4).

Customers who purchased Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac from an authorized reseller on or after July 25, 2012, are eligible to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac at no additional cost. Customers who purchased from or have a registered product activation key will automatically be emailed instructions on how to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac at no additional cost. Details are available here.

The Parallels Mobile app, which works with Parallels Desktop for Mac to give full access to both Mac and Windows applications from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, is currently available in the App Store for a special price of US$4.99.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac will be available to the general public on September 4 in English, German-, French-, Italian-, Spanish-, Russian-, Japanese-, Chinese-, Korean-, Czech-, Polish- and Portuguese-language versions.

Customers interested in testing a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac can download a free trial starting September 4, along with in-depth information, videos and screenshots of the new features, here.

More info here.

Source: Parallels

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  1. You have to get to the purchase page via your installed Parallels app, “news” dialog box. There is a link to upgrade there. I think the link is unique. The link shown above did not work to get to the purchase page.

  2. I have both VMware and Parallels. However VMware also has limitations on the OS version it runs on and also drops support. For the longest time, you couldn’t even call VMware for phone support, it was only community or email. I have had times where I got nothing from them.

    The true difference between Parallels and VMware:

    VMware is: enterprise capable, manageable and supports SMBIOS data, ICANN registered MAC addresses.

    Parallels is: consumer driven, does not support SMBIOS data, full random MAC address unregistered with ICANN.

    I called and spoke with Parallels engineers about some of these issues and felt that they were not interested in the corporate environment, (v3, at the time) They were respectful.

    I had to back VMware only because I couldn’t, in good conscience recommend Parallels, though VMware had, at the same time, snubbed me on technical issues I reported to them.

  3. They sell ‘Parallels Server for Mac’ which has not even seen one minor maintenance update for over one Full year. But they will charge for product maintenance.
    A very lousy product policy.
    Do not support them.
    Go somewhere else.

    1. Sorry the problem with Windows is Microsoft. They want their $299 for full Pro, which is the only thing they will license for Windows on Mac.

      The best price for Windows full license is from OWC ( for $259. Sometimes Amazon will have it for $244. You must get the Green Box, Windows Pro full, not upgrade and not OEM.

      Windows Part Number: FQC-00129

    2. Not that I would ever consider screwing MS out of money, but get an OEM version of Windows 7 Professional. Last I checked, at a reputable distributor, price was $146.80 for single pack. Also sold in 3 packs.

    1. @phxdoc – can you provide some directions on how to get the update? I don’t understand what @danilko1 means when he says, “You have to get to the purchase page via your installed Parallels app, “news” dialog box.”

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