Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac released

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Parallels announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 8. Parallels Desktop 8 is the latest version of their virtualization software that allows Mac users to run other operating systems, such as Windows, alongside OS X. Windows 8 (latest previews) is supported with Parallels Desktop 8.

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New features in Parallels 8 includes OS X Mountain Lion integration as well as Retina support and performance boosts:
- Speak, don’t type – Use the new Mountain Lion Dictation tool across both Windows and Mac environments
- Open in Internet Explorer – When a website doesn’t render well within Safari, launch it in Internet Explorer with a click of a button
- Parallels Wizard – Download and automatically install Windows or other operating systems (OSes) including Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Android on your Mac.
- Windows apps on OS X Launchpad – Add Windows applications to the Mountain Lion or Lion Launchpad to quickly launch Mac and Windows applications used most
- Consolidated notifications – Integration of Windows notifications into the Mac OS X Notification Center makes it easy to stay updated on Windows virtual machine operations
- Mountain Lion gestures for Windows apps – Enjoy seamless integration of Mountain Lion gestures with Windows apps such as pinch to zoom, Mission Control, three-finger drag, swipe between full-screen apps, two-finger scroll, Launchpad and rotate
- Retina display support – Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows OS and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations
- Improved Parallels Desktop 8 performance - up to 30 percent faster for input/output (I/O) operations, 30 percent faster for games and up to 25 percent faster for virtual machine operations such as boot, suspend, shutdown and resume, when compared to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

If you are a current VMware Fusion user, we have a special deal for you:
$30 off Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac when you switch from VMware Fusion.

Parallels Desktop 8 is available for $49.99 (upgrade) or $79.99.


Posted by Antony at September 5, 2012 5:59 AM

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