we installed Parallels Desktop 8 around here, it’s almost hard to
remember what is was like to work on just a PC, or on just on a Mac.
There are so many benefits to being able to do both simultaneously that
we will never return to the dark days of “one computer, one system.”
After seeing it in action, people in the office were using Parallels coupon codes
to score a deal for their home computers. Here are some of the reasons
why we’re so sold on Parallels’ latest virtualization software.
1. Ease of Use – Installation of almost any OS onto our Mac was a breeze. The program did virtually all of the
thinking for us, finding what it needed to install and then have Windows
8 up and running in about 20 minutes. We also liked how easy keyboard
shortcuts were to set up, both for apps and the virtual machines
2. Gaming – Finally,
finally, finally, we can now truly play our favorite PC games on our
Macs. Sure, you’ve been able to do that for a while, but now the
choppiness and bugginess are a thing of the past. Besides playing
smoothly and freeze-free, they also look great (often even better)
because you’re able to use the power of your Mac's video card in higher
resolution than you would otherwise.
3. Seemless Integration – Just
a fancy way of saying that switching back and forth between Mac and
Windows apps is simple and works great. Both systems know what the other
is up to at all times. When you open a file that was created for and in
another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes it and
makes the switch for you.
dragging an image from your Mac into an e-mail in Windows 8. When you
actually see Parallels handle the switch so quickly and with no
problems, you will be blown away. Same holds for switching from a web
page in Safari to the same page in Explorer – comes off without a hitch
and not even a stutter.
4. Supports Apple’s Retina Display – It’d
be a shame not to be able to take advantage of Retina’s higher
resolution while running Windows apps, but that is not a problem with
Desktop 8. You’ll visually experience things you previously saw on a PC
in whole new light. Even something as basic as text looks noticeably
better and crisper.
5. Supports Mountain Lion and Windows 8 – Makes
sense that Parallels’ latest should support Apple and MS’s latest, and
fortunately, it does. This allows it to take advantage of all the best
features each system has to offer. For example, Windows 8 Toast
Notifications now appear in Mountain Lion’s Notification Center. You can
share Bluetooth connections between Windows and Mac devices, and you
can even use Mountain Lion gestures in Windows 8 apps.
after using Parallels Desktop 8, we’re all kind of embarrassed and
kicking ourselves that we didn’t take advantage of combining our Mac and
PC forces sooner. But, live and learn, right? So, give Parallels
Desktop 8 a whirl. You’ll love it and will never look back.