Today, Parallels launched the all-new Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac allows users to run both Mac and Windows applications simultaneously on a Mac without rebooting.
The new Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac was presented to the media at a cozy lounge at the Naumi Hotel, and heading the presentation was Stefan Prestele, Senior Director, Global Marketing Desktop Virtualization and Mac. To begin, Stefan highlighted the importance of being able to run Windows applications in a Mac environment, citing examples such as Quicken and Internet Explorer that do not have Mac versions.
He also said that with the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), where users can bring their own computers to work, Mac users who do so often find themselves in an environment dominated by Windows where there might be a need to run specific and specialized Windows software. To that end, and with the release of both Mountain Lion and the impending release of Windows 8, Parallels set about developing the latest Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac.
This time, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac will be available in two variants - the regular Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and the new Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition. The former is the software that users have come to love but with new features which we will touch on shortly, while the latter was specially designed to help Windows users make the switch to Mac. For this special edition, apart from the regular Parallels Desktop 8 software, it also features a set of tools that automatically moves programs, files and browser favorites from PC to Mac. It also includes tutorials to help users get up to speed on how to use their Macs efficiently.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac takes the best features from Mountain Lion and makes it usable across both Windows and Mac. For example, users are able to use Dictation across both operating systems. Parallels Desktop 8 also supports Retina display so Windows applications will be displayed with the same stunning visual quality as Mac apps. With Parallels, Windows will also support Mountain gestures and you can even add Windows apps to the Dock and Launchpad to launch them quickly.
Also, the latest edition of Parallels has also been improved to give unmatched performance. According to them, Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is up to 30% faster in input/output operations, 30% better graphics performance in games and overall, virtual machines will run up to 25% quicker.
The latest Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac will go on sale locally for $129, whereas the Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition will cost slightly more at $159.