Today, Parallels announced an update to their Parallels 7 virtualization software platform which will add Mountain Lion as both a host and a guest OS, allowing developers (and anyone else) to demo Mountain Lion on their main machine without making it susceptible to beta bugs.  ML early adopters will also be able to test Parallels 7 on their Mountain Lion Macs.

Additionally, Parallels users can now demo Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Consumer Preview (English, German, French, Japanese or Chinese simplified) via easy one click download from the installer

Parallels mobile users can also control their Mountain Lion or Windows 8 instances on iPad or other iOS device.

We reviewed Parallels 7 last year and came away impressed.

A free 30-day trial is available at Paralllels.com.    Full press release follows.

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 www.parallels.com/desktop.   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:

o   Windows 8 Consumer Preview

o   Windows 7

o   OS X Lion as a guest

o   Google Chrome OS

o   Fedora

o   Ubuntu

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