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Windows 8 tiles on your Mac

Start up Windows 8 on your Mac and use Microsoft's latest operating system, with all your Mac files and apps close at hand. You can download the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 for free from within Parallels Desktop 8.

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You can't tell from this picture

Though it's not obvious, this is Windows 8 running full-screen on my Mac. It's just as responsive and usable as it would be on a Windows desktop.

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The Dock and Charms on one screen

Mouse over to the upper right of the window to see the Windows 8 Charms bar.

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Windows apps on Launchpad

Add Windows apps to Launchpad in Mountain Lion for a seamless experience.

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Same gestures, different OS

Just like with Windows 8 on the desktop, you can grab an app from the top, then pull it down and to the right to quit -- all within the Parallels Desktop 8 environment.

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