Parallels 8 supports Retina display Macs

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Parallels has launched Parallels 8 to unite OS X Mountain Lion and Windows in one seamless experience. Parallels 8 allows users to run several operating system (like Windows 7/8, and Google’s Android OS) right from your Mac without having to reboot. Integration between Windows and OS X will users to run Mountain Lion’s Dictation feature in Windows apps, organize Windows “Metro-style” applications in Launchpad, and enjoy Retina-display resolution in Windows applications.

Key features of Parallels 8 include:

  • Retina display support – Enjoy stunning Retina display resolution in Windows OS and Windows applications to see crisper fonts, vivid photos, images and animations.
  • 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.
  • Improved Parallels Desktop 8 performance – Up to 30% faster for input/output (I/O) operations, 30% faster for games and up to 25% faster for virtual machine operations such as boot, suspend, shutdown and resume, when compared to Parallels Desktop 7 for 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.
  • Parallels Wizard – Download and automatically install Windows or other operating systems (OSes) including Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu and Android on your Mac.

Parallels 8 will be priced at $79.99 dollars for the full version both online and in retail stores starting on September 4th (with upgrades priced at $49.99). Customers who purchased Parallels Desktop 7 for their Mac on or after July 25, 2012, will receive a free software upgrade.

Current Parallels owners can upgrade immediately at

Product [Parallels 8]

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