Apple Mac OS 8 was another major overhaul of the OS from the earlier Mac OS 7.It added a new Platinum visual theme, a multi threaded Finder, better virtual memory, and many customization options. 8.5 and later require a PPC CPU. Mac OS 8Version 8.0691-1600-AU97073-049A. An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. Mac OS 8 is an important release to clone vendors as well, though matters are less clear on this front. While Apple is expected to ship the new operating system to retail customers on time, none. Apple Mac OS 8 was another major overhaul of the OS from the earlier Mac OS 7.It added a new Platinum visual theme, a multi threaded Finder, better virtual memory, and many customization options. 8.5 and later require a PPC CPU.
Mac Os 8 App
Much depends on how old the apps are you want to run, actually.
With titles mostly from the 7.5 or 8.0 era, SheepShaver or Basilisk II would be my choice.
If you have an old Windows 32bit rig, Basilisk II Build 142 is the one for you, as HD floppy and SCSI support are still available - given you have a SCSI HBA installed.
(Floppy support is working with Windows 10 64bit also.)
For me, both SheepShaver and Basilisk II did crash very seldom, less often than my real Macs.
Both emulators offer a virtual drive representing the host OS for easy file transfer, as you will know.
(It could be that both emulators are too fast for some oldish apps. In that case, MiniVMac II emulating a Mac II with 8MB RAM may be the best solution.)
Mac Os 8 Vs Mac Os 9
QemuPPC is best for a bunch of apps apps that will not run with SheepShaver, like MS Office 98.
The emulator is noticeable slower than SheepShaver but offers way better compatibility, as fogWraith wrote above.
Qemu setup is done by a single command line, no GUI - not very Mac like.
Also there is no virtual host drive afaik, CD or DVD images may be swapped on the fly, though.
If you need sound, you have to use a 'Screamer' build for now and keep the Mac´s RAM at 512MB of at least well below 1024MB and have virtual memory on the Mac side enabled.
MacOS Big Sur
In the long run, QemuPPC may outperform SheepShaver, as SheepShaver uses many hacks for speed alone and needs a coherent RAM area at a place where modern host OS dislike it.