This could be interesting. If a job posting is anything to go by, Parallels is reportedly looking to port its software to Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms, modern interface and all.
You may know Parallels as the maker of software that allows Windows to run on Apple’s Mac computers. Now according to a report by WMPowerUser, the company has posted a job looking to develop a mobile client for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
The job posting shows that the firm is seeking a developer with .NET and C++ skills, and responsibilities include overseeing development of a client for Parallels Mobile for Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 (Metro UI) for the phone, tablet and PC.
Parallels Mobile has been out for iOS since 2010, allowing users to run Windows and Mac programs on their devices virtually. Virtually, as in connecting to the company’s flagship Parallels Desktop instance, that is running on a Mac, obviously.
It is not yet clear what the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 version of Parallels Mobile would offer, but most probably it will be something similar on the lines of the iOS app, as in allowing users to run their program by connecting to a desktop client.
Besides, Windows RT and its ARM chip inherently lack the power to actually run advanced software.
When this lineup of apps for the Windows family see the light of day, is anybody’s guess, but at least the company seems to be planning something for the platform, which can only be good news for fans of virtualization.