Parallels is a virtualization application that allows one platform to run inside another and its latest update allows Windows 8 Release Preview to smoothly run inside a Mac.
Parallels Update Adds Support For Windows 8 Release Preview
Parallels Desktop for Mac now support Windows 8 Release Preview build on OS X. The new update works just like the last one that added support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If you are working on Parallels Desktop on a Mac and want to tryout Windows 8, you can use Parallels to do all the work for you. Windows 8 Release Preview can be downloaded from inside Parallels directly and then configured and isntalled as usual.
With some of the most radical changes that an operating system could go through, Window 8 is one of the most highly anticipated software releases of this year. From the Metro interface to the unification of platforms in to one, Microsoft really is taking a giant leap in terms of design and user experience.
The Parallels update puts the ability to download and install Windows 8 Release Preview from inside the software. So if you have Parallels Desktop installed on your Mac, all you have to do is update the software (it’s a 306MB upgrade) and then open the virtual machine wizard. There you will see the option to download and install Windows 8. Click on it and follow the wizard through each step. If you are following default parameters on your system, you will have 1CPU and 1GB RAM allocated to the virtual machine. If you want better performance, you should extend this to 2 CPU and 2GB of RAM. However, it is quite usable on the default settings.
The Windows 8 Preview has 3.3GB download size and can take anywhere beteen 1 to 6 hours to download depending on your location and internet bandwidth. You can do the whole install manually from Microsoft’s own website and not upgrade Parallels. It will still install and run the new build. However, the update adds to the stability and smoothness of operation when it comes to Windows 8 Release Preview.