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updating parallels?

629 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2012 7:42 PM by littlekelli RSS
littlekelli Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 4, 2012 9:36 AM

Is updating Parallels worth it for Moutain Lion? I saw they pushed out the update today. 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,380 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to littlekelli)

    Decide for yourself:

     

    New features in Parallels 8 includes OS X Mountain Lion integration as well as Retina support and performance boosts:

    - Speak, don’t type – Use the new Mountain Lion Dictation tool across both Windows and Mac environments
    - Open in Internet Explorer – When a website doesn’t render well within Safari, launch it in Internet Explorer with a click of a button
    - Parallels Wizard – Download and automatically install Windows or other operating systems (OSes) including Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Android on your Mac.
    - Windows apps on OS X Launchpad – Add Windows applications to the Mountain Lion or Lion Launchpad to quickly launch Mac and Windows applications used most
    - Consolidated notifications – Integration of Windows notifications into the Mac OS X Notification Center makes it easy to stay updated on Windows virtual machine operations
    - Mountain Lion gestures for Windows apps – Enjoy seamless integration of Mountain Lion gestures with Windows apps such as pinch to zoom, Mission Control, three-finger drag, swipe between full-screen apps, two-finger scroll, Launchpad and rotate
    - Retina display support – Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows OS and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations
    - Improved Parallels Desktop 8 performance - up to 30 percent faster for input/output (I/O) operations, 30 percent faster for games and up to 25 percent faster for virtual machine operations such as boot, suspend, shutdown and resume, when compared to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,690 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to littlekelli)

    You decide if it's worth it or not. It's pointeless to ask us.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,380 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to littlekelli)

    You're welcome.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 11:06 AM (in response to littlekelli)

    I just installed Parallels 8 last night - so far I've used it very little. Version 7 was working fine for me under Mountain Lion but the upgrade was fairly cheap, guaranteed to work with ML, so I did it. Nothing negative to report so far - I don't really use many Windows apps for which gestures would be appropriate, but for those who do - and for those who need Retina support - I can see a reason to upgrade.

     

    Clinton

  • SteveMacDonald Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2012 11:17 AM (in response to littlekelli)

    From what I've seen it looks good and offers more integration than Fusion 5 especially if you plan to use Windows 8 in near future.  Personally I'm going to install it later today.  Here is a good comparison video that may help as well.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWlmWLOzXU

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