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Parallels Desktop 8 (www.parallels.com) has been updated with expanded support for the just-released Windows 8 operating system. Now Mac users can enjoy new features including Windows 8 tablet gestures and use a Windows 8 interface tile to access shared Mac apps.
These updates, plus the Parallels Desktop 8 integration of Mac OS X and Windows 8, enable people to also use Mountain Lion’s Dictation feature in Windows applications, add Windows apps to Launchpad and the Mac Dock, enjoy Retina display resolution for Windows apps and more.
In Parallels Desktop 8, new and expanded features include:
° Support for Windows 8 tablet gestures;
° The addition of a single tile to the Windows 8 interface for access to shared Mac apps;
° USB 3.0 support for faster connections to peripheral device;
° Updated Retina display settings for easier screen optimization;
° Smooth transitions when entering and exiting Coherence mode;
° Increased virtual machine limits for running large apps.
Parallels Desktop 8 costs US$79.99 for new users. A demo is available for download.