Run Windows 8 on a Mac with new Parallels Desktop 8

If you are a Mac user but still want to see what all the fuss is about with this whole Windows 8 thing, you will be able to get some hands-on time with Microsoft's next OS thanks to Parallels Desktop 8. This is the latest version of the software from Parallels that lets non-OS X applications run on a Mac.

PCMag.com reports that the new version now supports Windows 8 apps running on a Mac, either in the background or in full screen mode. If you own a MacBook Pro with a Retina display, the "Modern" Windows 8 apps will benefit from the increase in display resolution.

In fact, Parallels says that Desktop 8 can run all sorts of programs on a Mac PC, " ... regardless of whether it's an app for OS X, Windows, Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu, or even Android."

Owners of the current version, Desktop 7, can go ahead and download Desktop 8 right now from the Parallels website for $49.99 and if you bought Desktop 7 after July 25, the upgrade to Desktop 8 is free. The full version will launch on September 4th and will be priced at $79.99, with a version available for students for $39.99.

Source: PCMag.com | Image via Parallels

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They now make a new version each time a new OS comes out... almost 2 new versions in 1 year. We only needed updates Parallels Tools.

TheDogsBed said,
Run Windows 8 on my iMac? I'd sooner take a crap on my own bed. In fact….

Honestly I feel the same. I made a Boot Camp partition but i realized I boot in Windows at most one or two times in a week to play Diablo 3.

When I'm using my PC, I'm happy with Win7 and I don't feel the need to use OS X, and the same applies to my MacBook. I don't feel I "miss" something when using OS X. I like to use both OS

Don't know if it's true with Parallels 8, but VMware 5 allows you to virtualize your Boot Camp Windows partition. Pretty useful

Works ok with Windows 8 too. The only problem I had: Metro tiles won't scale correctly as they should on the MBP Retina Display (but probably do when you run the OS natively).. so the desktop is OK with a 200% scaling, but the Metro tiles are tiny as hell. Not usable at all

myxomatosis said,
VMware 5 allows you to virtualize your Boot Camp Windows partition.

VMware, Inception Edition. We must go deeper.

Techno_Funky said,

You are the reason people hate apple .. get a life please !!


Maybe he is only wondering why not multiboot (Boot Camp) Windows 8 instead of a VM?

hin123 said,
Why would anyone want to run that **** on a mac?

Theres little benefit in running Windows 8 without touch frankly and it s going to be a long long time before mac's start supporting touch...

Deviate_X said,
it s going to be a long long time before mac's start supporting touch...

Everything is going touchscreen. Give a young kid any electrical device with a screen and they'll try to interact with it via the screen. I've seen loads of friends' kids jabbing at their parents' TV screen. Whether anyone thinks it's a good idea or not, it's inevitable that they'll have to introduce touchscreen Macs soon or else look very old fashioned.

a0me said,

Maybe he is only wondering why not multiboot (Boot Camp) Windows 8 instead of a VM?

Unless you are playing a game, Parallels is better. No need to mess with partitions, and performance is close enough to native with the 2011 and up Macs with an SSD (especially quad core CPUs) that there's little point in using boot camp to run 1 program.

a0me said,

Maybe he is only wondering why not multiboot (Boot Camp) Windows 8 instead of a VM?

Unless you are playing a game, Parallels is better. No need to mess with partitions, and performance is close enough to native with the 2011 and up Macs with an SSD (especially quad core CPUs) that there's little point in using boot camp to run 1 program.

Stick with VirtualBox, it's free and runs Windows 8 very well (or rather, Windows 8 runs well in virtual environments).

I'd like to see some performance benchmarks comparing this to Parallels Desktop 7 and the latest version of VMware Fusion (version 5?).

I use Windows 8 in Parallels Desktop 7 for work and I'd only be interested in this if it were faster.

virtorio said,
I'd like to see some performance benchmarks comparing this to Parallels Desktop 7 and the latest version of VMware Fusion (version 5?).

I use Windows 8 in Parallels Desktop 7 for work and I'd only be interested in this if it were faster.

Been with Parallels since v3 and each time I hear they have improved performance by 30/40% but each time I buy the upgrade I find that it doesn't feel much better than the one before.