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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

by Parallels Software
Mac OS X
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews) 64 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac-all without rebooting
  • Get even more out of Windows 8: Use metro-style apps and enjoy copy & paste and drag & drop integration now even with Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion
  • Integrates Mac features like Dictation and gestures into Windows applications
  • Works great on the 11-Inch MacBook Air to the 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Retina display or the iMac
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac is the most tested, trusted and talked-about solution for running Windows applications on your Mac and the #1 choice of Mac customers

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: PDFM8L-BX1-EN
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 30, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Product Description

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is simply the #1 choice of customers to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side, without rebooting. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphic intensive ones, with ease. Enjoy Lion and Mountain Lion features like Launchpad in Windows applications. Access your Windows and Mac apps from your iPad and iPhone with the Parallels Mobile3 app.

From the Manufacturer

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac unites Mac and Windows with powerful performance that lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphics intensive ones, with ease. Enjoy the latest Mountain Lion and Lion features in Windows applications. You can even use Mac OS X Mountain Lion features like Launchpad and Mission Control with your Windows applications, and run Mac OS X Lion as a guest operating system.

Whether you are a home user, a business professional, a student, a passionate gamer or your company plans to work with Mac or already has Mac, with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac your Windows applications will run like they were made for Mac.

Get Started Quickly

Quick installation, a user friendly interface and Parallels Wizard set everything up quickly and easily. All the time and money you’ve invested into outfitting your PC, it goes right into your Mac.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Support

Experience Mountain Lion’s amazing, intuitive features like Launchpad and Mission Control even while running Windows applications.

Perfect If You’re New to Mac and the New MacBook Air

Start with the familiar look of Windows. Then add more and more of the Mac look, feel and experience to your Windows programs.

Versatile For Home, Home Office, and School

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac enables one Mac to handle all of your computing needs. Run the PC programs your work or school requires and the Mac applications you love.

A Must-have in the Mac-based Business

An office full of Macs can still run the business-critical PC applications that you, your customers and your partners need. On the go? The Parallels Mobile App for iPad, iPhones and iPod touch connects you with your Mac for whenever-and-wherever access.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Brings Seamless Integration on One Computer

Whatever your needs are, run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side with no compromises in performance. It’s like your Windows apps were made for your Mac.

  • Use Mac OX Mountain Lion features like Launchpad, Mission Control and Full Screen with your Windows applications.
  • The new Presentation Wizard allows you to easily and beautifully show presentations from your Mac on any external monitor or projector.
  • Enjoy Mountain Lion’s new Dictation capabilities in Windows applications.
  • Switch from Safari to the same web page in Internet Explorer with a single click when you try to view a page that doesn’t show correctly.
  • Use your iSight or FaceTime HD camera with your Windows applications.
  • Multi-touch trackpad gestures that allow you to navigate through Windows applications like Mac applications including Mac OS X Lion.
  • The Parallels Wizard protects your investment in Windows applications and files, moving everything quickly and easily.
  • Choose up to 1GB of video memory for your most graphically intense Windows programs.
  • Support for USB 3.0 devices.
  • Access and use your Mac and Windows remotely when you’re on the go with the Parallels Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, available for purchase in the App Store.

It´s Ease of Use, Performance, Reliability and Stability

  • Seamlessly run Windows and its applications side by side with Mac OS X and its applications on a single Mac.
  • Full Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 support including Aero and Flip 3D support.
  • Easily copy and paste and drag and drop formatted text and images between Windows and Mac.
  • Just 3 steps and a fresh copy of Windows is installed on your Mac.
  • Use a wide variety of 3D design programs and games with full DirectX 9.0c/9Ex and Shader Model 3 support.
  • Use administrator tools to protect and secure virtual machines.
  • Supports import of Boot Camp partition into a Parallels virtual machine.
  • Suspend and resume Boot Camp virtual machines.
  • Faster and smoother import of VMware and Virtual PC virtual machines.
  • Unwind and enjoy your favorite music, games and video with 7.1 Surround Sound.
  • Complimentary Mac and Windows security software trial subscriptions from Norton and Kaspersky and online back up and recover from Acronis.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Licensing policy has changed January 8, 2013
Please be aware when you buy this that you can use this on only one computer. You have to buy a separate license for each computer you want to install it on, even if you're only one user and will be using only one computer at a time.

I started using Parallels 4 in 2009 and have been upgrading ever since. I've had it installed on both my iMac and my MacBook Pro laptop, and have never had a problem upgrading or using licensing keys.

I upgraded my iMac to Mountain Lion and discovered that Parallels 7 no longer works on it. I didn't want to upgrade to Parallels 8 on my iMac, because I've ordered a new iMac that should be here in 2 weeks. However, I have a client whose system I can access only through Windows, and tomorrow I will be starting a new project for them. So now I need Parallels on my old iMac as well.

I called today to find out how many computers I could install Parallels 8 on. Their answer: Only one! They now have an online system that checks the license. If you're trying to install Parallels 8 on a second computer, it will not let you do so. And from what I've seen in other reviews, it may also deactivate the license for which you have already paid.

They also sent a link to their knowledge base that explains this: [...]. However, I've never had a problem running Parallels 6 and 7 on 2 computers.

They sent me a link so I could buy another full version at the cost of $34.95. Woo-hoo.

This is a good product, although it consumes an enormous amount of RAM when you use it. If you run it while also running Firefox on the Mac side, your computer will slow almost to a halt. (Learned that the hard way!)

Since Parallels issues at least 1 update a year for its products, and they charge for those, too, it's going to get expensive to run this on two computers. I'm going to explore other options.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Overview: Great way to run Windows on my MacBook Air (mid-2011), as well as my Mac Mini at work. Complete integration means I can move files between platforms, open Windows applications from OS X (Mountain Lion in my case) and vice versa. I can set application preferences for file types across platforms. And you can run Windows in its own Window or integrate it into the Mac workspace. Installation was very easy, no problems at all. Highly recommended. I wrote a detailed review below in case you would like more details on the features.

Update 3: Still going strong! I recently installed a sophisticated chemical engineering process simulator on the Windows partition, and it ran without a hitch. In facts, it was running faster on my 2-yr old MBA via Parallels than it was on some of my colleagues' newer Dells and HPs.

Update 2: The latest 9/6/12 update to P8 seems to have fixed most of the dual monitor bugs. One remains... if you closed down P8 in full screen dual monitor mode, the next time you open P8, the Win 7 screens are still on different desktops. To fix this, I simply exit Full Screen mode, and then re-enable it. Both Win 7 screens now show up in Desktop 2.

I have been using Parallels for over a week now (bought it early as a current user of Parallels 7. First, I have to say that Parallels has worked great for me. I use it at work, where it is a Windows environment. Parallels allows me to have complete access to my company's network and printers. Note, however, that this is all done by Parallels working through the Mac. So in order to see a printer or your network drives in Windows, you must have them set up in your Mac environment first. The Windows network environment mirrors that of the Mac.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously impressed. November 8, 2012
I'm new to Apple/Mac, I finally bought a MacBook Pro after years of flirting with the idea.
I also grabbed a copy of Parallels 8 from the Apple Store and installed Windows 8. I'm not a big fan of Windows 8 but I need it for work.
I'm seriously impressed by this virtualization. I've done virtualization in the past (virtual linux and such) but let me tell you this is something else, especially in Coherence mode.
If I had known Mac + Parallels + Windows could work like this, I would have made the switch years ago.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels Amazing October 31, 2012
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Does everything it claims. Sometimes you need to take a fantastic product (iMac) and make it even better with Parallels. Parallels puts Boot Camp to shame. I run Windows7 because Kodak doesn't make MAC software for my Kodak High Speed Scanner. Parallels solves the problem by letting me run Windows7 Professional inside Apple while not having to reboot or shut down. Excellent product
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Parallels yet September 4, 2012
I run Parallels on a MacBook Pro with Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux virtual machines. Parallels 8 performs very well with all of these, and I really appreciate the ability to drag and drop files between the Windows virtual machines, as well as the drag and drop for Linux virtual machines.

Also, the installation process was an absolute snap!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Works well for a year. June 5, 2013
By Sam
Parallels works well for the first year you have it, but then after a little while the company will upgrade their product. If you want to stay updated it will cost another $50 (almost anualy). If you choose to upgrade your mac and not Parallels, you will no longer be able to run the software which may leave you wondering if you should spend an additional $50 for a $20 upgrade. I would strongly advise the consumer to consider an alternative.
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Parallels Customer Service saysJuly 16, 2013
Hi Sam,
We are glad you are happy with the overall performance of Parallels Desktop and are eager to clarify a few things about our upgrade policies.
Parallels Desktop upgrades are not mandatory and we provide special upgrade pricing to existing customers so that they can take advantage of new features and other important software including OS releases and enhancements.

Parallels Team
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