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Latest dual OS software for Mac now available

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 20, 2012
Parallels 8 for Mac allows Mountain Lion users to run Windows on Apple systems.

With the popularity of both the Windows operating system (OS) and the Mac OS, software provider Parallels recently released its latest software that gives computer users the option to run both OSes on one machine.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac was made available early this month for the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Parallels, which specialises in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualisation, said Mac users need not reboot their computers if they want to use either OSes with the new Parallels software.

By continuing the development of the Parallels Desktop software, Parallels recognised that not all popular applications - whether for work or play -- are available for different OSes.

The Parallels Desktop software allows Windows users to continue using popular Windows applications, such as Internet Explorer, OneNote, Quicken, and more, while using their Apple Mac computers.

"People don't need to make an either/or choice between Mac and Windows because Macs running Parallels Desktop 8 empower people to simultaneously use applications that best suit their needs - regardless of whether it's an app for OS X, Windows, Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu, or even Android," said Birger Steen, CEO, Parallels.

Enterprise use

With the trend of bring your own device (BYOD) in the enterprise and Macs being used both at home and at work, Parallels is positioning its software to meet current work and home needs.

"We hear amazing stories from people every day - from students and teachers who need Windows for classes, and developers working on iOS and Android mobile devices, to business people and parents - who all enjoy the freedom Parallels Desktop for Mac gives them," added Steen.

Parallels said Windows can run full screen on the Mac or run invisibly in the background. The look-and-feel of both OSes can also be combined, by "using Mountain Lion's Dictation feature in Windows apps, organising Windows 'Metro-style' applications in Launchpad, and enjoying the brilliant Retina-display resolution in Windows applications."

Parallels Desktop is available in the Mac Enterprise Edition for enterprises that want Windows-based applications on Mac. This software even reduces the cost of deploying and maintaining client-based software.


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