Mac virtualization: Parallels Desktop 8 is ready

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Like "VMware Fusion 5", Parallels Desktop 8 is all about OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and Windows 8 OS and uses both new features. From the end user's point of view, the option of using the new dictation feature of Mountain Lion in Windows programs is certainly interesting. But beyond that, the Parallels developers have incorporated many new features into PD8.

Other enhancements to Parallels Desktop 8 include drag-and-drop email attachments, automatic adoption of the virtual machine keyboard language changed on the Mac, an improved wizard for automated installation of Windows and other operating systems (such as Chrome OS, Ubuntu, etc.) Android), Bluetooth connection sharing, Windows programs in the OS X launch pad, Windows notification notification in Mountain Lion's Notification Center, resource monitoring for virtual machines displaying memory and disk space, and control of Windows programs Touch gestures of OS X.

The video drivers were also improved again. Windows and Windows programs can now use the Retina resolution of the new MacBook Pro with HiDPI display. A new presentation wizard optimizes the full-screen display, adjusts the resolution automatically, and disables screensavers on both Mac and Windows virtual machines. Overall, according to the manufacturer, Parallels Desktop 8 is about 30 percent faster for I / O and games, and up to 25 times faster for virtual system actions (boot, pause, shutdown, resume) than the previous version.

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Existing customers with version 7 can now upgrade to the new version Parallels Desktop 8, which costs (as well as the crossgrade of Fusion) almost 50 euros. From 4 September, new customers will be able to purchase PD8 at www.parallels.com/desktop, Apple and specialist retailers for around 80 euros.

Parallels continues to offer the "Switch to Mac Edition" for about $ 100, aimed at Windows users with additional migration tools and a USB transfer cable. It also offers Volume Licenses and a dedicated Enterprise edition of Parallels Desktop, centrally configured and managed by the IT department.