Many of us need to run Linux or Windows on our Macs. This can be for two obvious reasons. You have been a Windows user for a long time who recently moved to Mac or if you are looking to run some applications that cannot work on Mac. For both cases, you have a great software available in the form of Parallels, the Best Solutions for Mac Users, which lets you run many operating systems on Mac OS virtually. It is not new for the Mac computers, especially the ones with Intel processors, to run Linux or Windows with the help of Apple Boot Camp, but you need to may a separate partition for the new OS and reboot your PC whenever you need to migrate to it. This is very inconvenient and called for the need of an application that can run any OS on Mac virtually.
What Is It?
The Parallels Desktop 8 is visualization software from Parallel. Right from the installation, it is quite smooth – it even checks on its own for any updates. You can choose to install it in the folder you prefer. One this installation process is complete, a Parallels Wizard window appears which helps you with install Windows through different sources. You can also install Ubuntu, Chrome, Fedora or even the Mac OS X Lion version.
This software allows you to operate it in four modes – Windows Mode, Full Screen Mode, Modality Mode and Coherence Mode for blending the Mac OS and Windows seamlessly. Its performance is very snappy and reported being crash-free. No lag is experienced while switching between the OS, primarily in the Coherence Mode, where you can choose the appropriate sharing settings In use, Parallels 7 feels surprisingly snappy and crash-free. Once you choose the appropriate sharing settings, editing or opening the files in the guest OS will be effortless. However, the minor issue is not all the operating systems can use the optical drive at once, but this is general for all visualization applications. You can solve it by changing the settings.
The Parallels Desktop 8 has been receiving very positive reviews from the Internet community for quite some time. It won the “Readers Choice 2013 Award” from About.com for Best Application for Running Windows. It is also highly recommended by other eminent software reviewing sites like Techradar, PC Advisor, CNET.com and Mac World.
Pricing: Parallel’s Desktop 8 is available for a reasonable price of $79. You can first download the free 14-day trial pack, try it and purchase the full version once you are satisfied. The Desktop 7 version is a little cheaper, but you can run only up to Windows 8 Developer Preview on it. It is also upgradable by paying a few dollars, you can upgrade to the latest version.
It installs smoothly on your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac. Simply download the software from the website www.parellels.com and give the key. That is it, you are ready to go. Overall, whether you are a casual user, developer or a business user, it is a very handy software; its greatest benefit is that you will get to use Windows Office 2013 just like how you were able to use on your Windows machine. So, buy it today or try the free version and we guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.