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
Currently Being ModeratedSep 4, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to Templeton Peck)
I don't belive its pointless to ask, or I wouldnt have asked it. I was hoping for someone who had installed the software, could vouch for it. I realize the decision is up to me, just hoping for some feedback. There is no reason to sound so unkind.
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.
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.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 4, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
Downlaoded it, and cant get beyond the "close out your old parallels first! I have quit it about a billion times, but each time i dry to open the dowloaded file, paraelles opens back up!!!! ugh!!!