Introducing Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac!


We’re proud to introduce to you, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac! Available TODAY (8/30) as an upgrade for current users, and available to the general public for purchase on Tuesday (9/4).


New and enhanced features of Parallels Desktop 8 make life even better for Mac lovers. 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 delivers powerful performance to run Windows applications, even graphic-intensive ones, like they were made for a Mac. Here is a quick breakdown of how Parallels Desktop 8 integrates the cutting edge features within Mountain Lion and Windows 8



Businesses and IT departments are encouraged to take advantage of the new Parallels Desktop For Mac Enterprise Edition. More information on how the Enterprise Edition is tailored to the needs of larger companies and IT departments can be found on our Apple in the Enterprise Blog.


If you’re planning on making the jump from PC to Mac, check out Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition which includes switching tools to automatically transfer your programs, files, and more along with in-box video tutorials.


As a reminder, those who purchased Parallels Desktop 7 after July 25th, 2012 are eligible for a complimentary upgrade via our Tech Guarantee, subject to certain conditions.


The new Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition


Why should you get Parallels Desktop 8?


To Experience 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/organize Windows "Metro-style" apps 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 Capabilities

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.


For additional information on the latest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, make sure to check out the Parallels Desktop 8 Product Page