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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Released
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:26 PM EST
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.

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