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Parallels 8 with Retina Support Now Available for Existing Customers

Parallels announced the availability of Parallels 8 upgrades for the Mac for existing Parallels Desktop customers. Parallels 8 is the latest version of their virtualization software that allows Mac users to run other operating systems, such as Windows, alongside OS X.
“People don’t need to make an either/or choice between Mac and Windows because Macs running Parallels Desktop 8 empower people to simultaneously use applications that best suit their needs – regardless of whether it’s an app for OS X, Windows, Google Chrome OS, Ubuntu, or even Android,” said Parallels CEO Birger Steen.

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
Parallels 8 will be available starting today as an upgrade for existing Parallels Desktop users. (Parallels' website not showing version 8 at time of publication) Upgrades are priced at $49.99.

The full version will become available for $79.99 both online and in retail stores starting on September 4th. C ustomers who purchased Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac on or after July 25, 2012, are eligible for a free upgrade.

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22 months ago

- Open in Internet Explorer - When a website doesn't render well within Safari, launch it in Internet Explorer with a click of a button


sshneerrrr
Rating: 15 Positives
22 months ago
Newegg has Parallels 7 for 29.60 after coupon EMCYTZT2138 with free upgrade to 8
Rating: 12 Positives
22 months ago
Still overpriced, lol...

(and their education discounts are about as useful as a chocolate teapot)
Rating: 11 Positives
22 months ago

Nice! :)

I want to install it on my Mac Pro '08, 8 x 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, Radeon 5870

This is gr8!


that would've been perfect if the price was 8 bucks! :p
Rating: 7 Positives
22 months ago
50 bucks for this laughable upgrade?
No thanks, I'll stay with 7.
Rating: 7 Positives
22 months ago

What a nice timing and rare opportunity.

Parallels 8 works best on OSX 8 and also can run Windows 8

Such a harmony :)
Three different companies, two of them are not friends.


Nice! :)

I want to install it on my Mac Pro '08, 8 x 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, Radeon 5870

This is gr8!
Rating: 7 Positives
22 months ago
Guys, I don't recommend getting Parallels 8 at all. Just for one reason, they'll spam you with ads. Yes, ads..in a paid product.

They have the balls to insult customers suggesting that they're not ads and we *wanted* them to give us those information. You can find out here: http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=258991

Even if it is a bug in Parallels, they should've never have been there in the first place.

At least VMware has the decency not to pull off those scams and ripping us off *properly*.
Rating: 6 Positives
22 months ago
What a nice timing and rare opportunity.

Parallels 8 works best on OSX 8 and also can run Windows 8

Such a harmony :)
Three different companies, two of them are not friends.
Rating: 5 Positives
22 months ago
I won't spend 50 bucks every year for an update due parallels is not running on the previous version of OS X.
Rating: 5 Positives
22 months ago

I'm really put off by the fact that their screen shot only has Windows and OS/X.

Why no Linux? Why no Haiku OS?

I guess those aren't made by big corporations that spy on their own customers, so Parallels doesn't care. Snobs.

.. Maybe it's because the overwhelming majority of VM users want to run OSX or Windows variants? Linux doesn't have a coherent single image either so a grab doesn't work as well.

Haiku though? Nobody would recognise it so it wouldn't really illustrate much.
Rating: 5 Positives

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