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|Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:26 pm Post subject: Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Released
|Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Released
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Posted by: Staff
Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the latest version of virtualization software for Mac users. According to the company, this version of the software includes the following new and improved features:
- 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.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is priced at $79.99. The company also offers a student edition of the software for $39.99. Upgrades from Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac or later are priced at $49.99. But anyone who purchased Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac after July 25th is eligible for a free upgrade.