With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you will seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag and drop files between Windows and Mac applications and launch Windows applications from your Mac dock. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications - even graphics-intensive ones - with ease.
Whether you use an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, Parallels is easy to set up. Simply download the software from the Parallels website, enter your key and you’re up and running. Then you can enjoy any of the Windows programs you need – even Microsoft Office 2010, the gold standard of productivity software – right on your Mac.
Get Desktop 9 not 8
Pros: Parallels does work. I have to really measure myself and be fair because I am upset with them and don't want to be a useless 1-egg review. The product is good.
Cons: Parallels Desktop 9 is already out and getting Desktop 8 can really prove to be a waste of time, don't expect any courtesy free upgrades from Parallels. I had no clue that my new software was already obsolete and I explained this to customer service and they really couldn't care less.
Other Thoughts: Regardless, the product can work well. If you want to use the latest versions of Mac OS (Mavericks) and Windows 8 from bootcamp partition it's really just overall a great idea to get the newest version in my opinion. So buyer beware, not of Parallels Desktop the product, but that the version is not up to date. Hope I was able to be fair, I'm actually livid with Parallels customer service but it is what it is and Windows 7 works great and is really the most practical choice in any case.
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So much smoother than VBox
Pros: Easy Install. Easy Setup. Import your existing VMWare or VBox discs. A lot smoother at operating as well.
Cons: The "seemless" mode that is on by default is a bit annoying, but you can turn that off easy.
Other Thoughts: Parallels has a special right now that if you buy Parallels 8 between 8/15/2013 and 10/31/2013, you can get a free upgrade to Parallels 9. There is a form on their website, and it only takes a few days for them to send you the upgrade key.
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