updated 02:35 pm EST, Thu November 8, 2012
Virtual machine limits loosened
Parallels has released an important update for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, its virtualization software. The code notably supports tablet gestures in Windows 8, and adds a tile to the Windows 8 interface, letting people access shared Mac apps. It also provides full and faster USB 3.0 support, and easier settings for Retina displays.
Elsewhere the software now has higher limits for virtual machines running large apps, and smoother transitions when going in and out of Coherence mode. Desktop 8 costs $80 new, and requires a Mac running at least OS X 10.6.8, an Intel Core 2 Duo, and 2GB of RAM. Each virtual machine consumes roughly 15GB of hard drive space.