Parallels Desktop 7 Gets An Update For Mountain Lion And Windows 8 Consumer Preview

It was reported by 9to5Mac yesterday that the Parallels Dekstop 7, a virtual machine, has been updated to support OS X Mountain Lion as both a host and guest OS. This allows developers or non-developers to give OS X Mountain Lion a try on their  main machine without having to worry about data corruption due to bugs. For those who are early adopters of Mountain Lion you will be glad to know you can also run Parallels Desktop 7. Additionally, all mobile users of Parallels can also control OS X Mountain Lion on their iPad or on any iOS devices.

Besides support for OS X Mountain Lion, all Parallels users can demo Windows 8 Consumer Preview with support in 5 languages (English, German, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese). You can download Parallels 7 with a 30-day free trial by clicking here. Below is the full press release for this Parallels Desktop 7 update:

Parallels has good news for Mac and iPad users who want to safely try Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Today Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac was updated to provide experimental support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview , including simple download and automatic installation of Windows 8 via the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard.  The update also adds experimental support for OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview as both a host and guest.  Now Mac enthusiasts and developers alike (not to mention tech journalists), can safely try Windows 8 Consumer Preview and OS X Mountain Lion in Parallels Desktop 7 virtual machines to protect their Mac from potential mishaps or corruption of important files that can occur with preview versions of software.  Additionally, Parallels Mobile users can remotely access and control their Mac as well as its Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion virtual machines, applications and files, via their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

A free trial of the No. 1-selling Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac software is available for download at   Current Parallels Desktop 7 users can get the update by selecting the Parallels Desktop menu and clicking Check for Updates.

Parallels makes it simple to get and automatically install the free Windows 8 Consumer Preview by going to the Parallels Desktop menu and selecting File, New and Windows 8 Consumer Preview in the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard.  In just a few clicks, Parallels Desktop 7 automatically downloads and installs Windows 8 Consumer Preview (English, German, French, Japanese or Chinese simplified) in a new virtual machine so you can safely discover and play with the dramatically redesigned Windows operating system and use your Mac OS X applications and files at the same time – without rebooting.

Microsoft recommends that users don’t install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on their primary machine given that is not a final version and could crash, causing the loss or corruption of important files. (See Windows 8 FAQ, click “Are there risks to installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview?”).  If Windows 8 crashes or corrupts files when it is running in a Parallels Desktop 7, you can simply delete the Windows 8 virtual machine and start over without any damage to your Mac.

Using the Parallels Desktop 7 New Virtual Machine Wizard, users can install new operating systems in just a few clicks including:

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  • Windows 7
  • OS X Lion (Guest OS)
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu

Will this update of Parallels prove to be useful to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

[Written by Khairul Akmal]

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