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08-30-2012, 02:38 PM #1
Parallels 8 for Mac Comes Our Way
Just last week, ModMyi reported on an update to VMWare Fusion (version 5), that added support for Apple’s new MacBook Pro with retina display and Windows 8. It even included speed improvements and a ton of other goodies. Today, competition arises for VMWare Fusion, as Parallels Desktop for Mac is updated to version 8. Parallels Desktop for Mac, like VMWare Fusion, is a Mac OS X desktop virtualization client that allows the user to run multiple operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, on their Mac in the form of application windows.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is now fully compatible with the new MacBook Pro with retina display and includes support for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. In addition, graphics are much more powerful and Parallels Desktop 8 is about 30% faster at processing and gaming than Parallels Desktop 7 and 25% faster at booting and shutting down, which is a great improvement for the already zippy virtual machine client. Other improvements (via Parallels Consumer Tech Blog) include:
Originally Posted by Parallels Consumer Tech Blog
If you want to grab Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac today, there are two prerequisites: having Parallels Desktop 7 already and having $49.99 in your pocket. If you don’t have Parallels Desktop 7 yet, you will have to wait until September 4 (next week) for the release to purchase it. Letting current Parallels Desktop users download version 8 early is just a way of the company rewarding their loyal customers. If you buy Parallels Desktop 7 today, you will be able to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8 for free when it is released – anyone who bought Parallels Desktop 7 after July 25 is also eligible for a free upgrade.
Parallels will be offering a free trial of the Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac software on the release date so you can give it a try. We would also recommend taking VMWare Fusion 5 for a test drive as they also have a free trial available from this link, which will allow you to compare the two side-by-side and pick the one that is best for you. If you plan on buying the software, it will be $79.99 for newcomers or $39.99 for students.
Sources: Parallels Consumer Tech Blog
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 08-30-2012 at 02:48 PM.
08-30-2012, 03:10 PM #2
08-30-2012, 03:37 PM #3
I get Fusion for free, but I'd like to see a third party performance comparison between it and Parallel's
08-30-2012, 03:53 PM #4
Great PR points; however, they are lies, all of those things work with VMWare Fusion on Mountain Lion even and have for some time.
The problem with Parallels is that they basically expect you to pay $50 every year to upgrade their software and make it where their older versions will not run properly on the newer OSes. I understand saying something that is 5 years old might not work, but 4 years and newer should always work on the latest OS.
08-30-2012, 04:08 PM #5
If I upgrade to 8, will I need to reinstall windows 7 and the windows programs that are on it?
08-30-2012, 04:25 PM #6
08-30-2012, 04:42 PM #7
Bought Parallels 7 on August 7th...woohoo!
08-30-2012, 07:33 PM #8
I'm disturbed by the amount of people on MacRumors stating that PD7 is littered with ads. Can anyone with a paid copy elaborate?
I'm on the fence between the two.
08-30-2012, 08:18 PM #9
08-30-2012, 11:05 PM #10
I'm a student right now. I paid $34 for p7. Why should I have to pay more for an upgrade now for more than what I paid for the product. Also, why isn't there a student upgrade price? I know this isn't where I should ask, just looking for feedback. Also, I bought parallels from amazon for $34, not even a student store.
08-31-2012, 10:19 AM #11
One thing I did notice, if you set the video for retina display, the headers are too small to read.
08-31-2012, 10:40 AM #12
I'm curious, is anyone actually using the new version of Paralells? Doesn't seem necessary to upgrade from 7-8, especially if it does turn out It's not a free upgrade. (isn't exactly clear, or I'm just reading badly because I'm in class )