Try installing the trial on Win8 and see how it works. I wouldn't think it would cause issues since the core of Win8 is very similar to Win7.
IDS is supported on Server Platforms. it might run on other OSs but server platforms are recommended. for details, look through Release Notes.
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At my company, we are running it on Windows 8 desktops and Windows Server 2012 servers. It runs fine on those platforms as far as I can tell. Aside from the user interface changes, Windows 8 isn't all that different from Windows 7.
Thank you for the info. In the end I used the 90 day trial on a spare Mac.