Parallels Desktop Updated for Windows 8 Release Preview


We are very excited that the Windows 8 Release Preview is available and we are hard at work testing it! As we continue to enhance the user experience, our developers have released an update to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac to continue improving your Windows 8 Release Preview experience within Parallels Desktop 7.


Parallels offers a safe and easy way to test out the latest iteration of Windows 8 on a virtual machine, letting users check out the new Metro Tile Start Screen and Internet Explorer 10 while protecting their Mac from any bugs that can occur with non-final versions of software.


Parallels Desktop for Mac, the No. 1-selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting, enables software, mobile and Web developers to safely and simultaneously test a variety of operating systems as guests, as well as develop and test applications on them without risking their development machines. Examples include:

-          Mountain Lion Developer Preview

-          Windows 7

-          Windows 8 Release Preview

-          OS X Lion as a guest

-          Google Chrome OS

-          Fedora

-          Ubuntu


A free trial of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is available for download at Current Parallels Desktop 7 users can get the update by selecting the Parallels Desktop menu and clicking “Check for Updates. 


As noted by the Windows Experience Blog, there is more to come, but this is still an exciting time to try the Windows 8 Release Preview.

There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while others are under the hood. For instance, you will find more personalization options for the Start screen (including more colors!), improved multi-monitor support, and new Family Safety features to name just a few. People will also notice and enjoy improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps and see new Bing-powered Travel, News and Sports apps. Internet Explorer 10 also has new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview like “flip ahead” and a fully integrated secure and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player. IE10 is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default. The improvements and refinements seen in the Windows 8 Release Preview result in a better overall experience that I think everyone will enjoy!

See Windows 8 Release Preview first hand below and make sure to take advantage of the new Windows Upgrade offer with your copy of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac!