/// In a Parallels World, Mac and Windows Coexist App-ily

September 5, 2012  |  All Things Digital


I am writing these words in a preview version of the new edition of Microsoft Word, which is running in a pre-release version of a radically redesigned edition of Windows, called Windows 8. But I’m not doing any of this on a Windows PC. I’m doing it on a Mac, while simultaneously running standard Mac programs, such as Apple Mail and iPhoto. [ See post to watch video ] Both Word for Windows and the colorful, tiled Windows 8 start screen are running on a MacBook Air. Scrolling is smooth and quick, as are visual effects. Web pages appear at normal speed in Internet Explorer. Videos, music and photos work well in Windows programs, including new full-screen apps in Windows 8. Meanwhile, my Mac programs are running well, and I can switch between Windows programs and Mac programs quickly and easily. What makes this all possible is Parallels 8, a new version of the leading Mac utility for running Windows and Windows programs with regular Mac programs. Parallels 8, set for release this week, has been especially tailored to take advantage of, and to integrate, new features in the latest Mac operating system, Mountain Lion, and in Windows 8, which is due out Oct. 26. Parallels 8 on a Mac, with running Mac and Windows apps, which have red lines on their icons. This isn’t a review of either Windows 8 or of the new Office for Windows. It’s a review of Parallels 8, which I’ve been testing for about a week. It can run older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, which worked well for me. Because running Windows 8 is a key feature of Parallels, I spent a lot of my testing time using a pre-release version of the new Microsoft operating system via Parallels. Parallels 8 does a fine job of running Windows on a Mac, especially Windows 8. It doesn’t emulate every feature, like those taking advantage of a touch screen—which the Mac lacks

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In a Parallels World, Mac and Windows Coexist App-ily



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