Parallels Holdings Ltd announces the latest version of its Mac virtualization tool, Parallels Desktop 8.0.18100

Parallels Holdings Ltd just announced the launch of the latest version of its Mac virtualization tool, Parallels Desktop 8.0.18100.

This software allows Mac users to run Linux and Windows (among others), in a virtual environment, while integrating non-OS X applications into the Mac interface.

Version 8 extends support to both Mountain Lion and Windows 8. It also takes advantage of new technology such as Retina display.

Parallels now offers full support for Mountain Lion, including full-screen support for Windows applications, use of Launchpad for Windows apps and the ability to run Mountain Lion as a guest OS.

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is lets you seamlessly run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side

Parallels Desktop 8 also supports using the new Mountain Lion Dictation feature in Windows apps, plus you can now drag and drop attachments to the Windows Outlook dock icon for attaching them in a new mail.

Full Windows 8 support isn’t yet implemented (it will be a FREE update after it’s final release) — but enhancements should include full multi-touch support on compatible displays and the ability to download Windows 8 direct from the Parallels Wizard.

Parallels Desktop 8.0.18100 is available as a free trial download for Macs running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later with a Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM (4GB recommended) and up to 15GB free hard drive space for Windows in addition to the program’s own 700MB requirements.

The full version retails for $79.99 — upgrades are available for Parallels 6/7 users for $49.99.

You can head to their website here.