VM ware fusion was my choice over parallels for the longest time but Parallels Desktop 8 won out due to lower cost. You can upgrade to version 9 of parallels for $49.99 instead of $79.99 which seems a lot in my eyes.

Parallels 9 bring support for the up coming windows 8.1 release along with support for windowed apps.

Other new features in Parallels Desktop 9 include support for syncing up to cloud services like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive, along with improvements to the Virtual Machine Wizard and more.

For those of you like me who picked up the version 8 price as part of a Machiest bundle won’t be too upset at the cost of updating to version 9. Quite how well something as heavy (relatively speaking when compared to windows xp) works on a mid range mac is to be seen.

Buyers will get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access for the iPad, the remote desktop program that was launched earlier this week.

The full version will be available to new customers on www.parallels.com/desktop starting Sept. 5, 2013. Packaged software will also be available starting Sept. 5 at Apple retail stores, Apple.com, Amazon.com, and at other re-sellers and retail locations worldwide.

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