Parallels has updated their software which lets you run Windows on Mac computers to add better support for Windows 8. Now Parallels Desktop 8 includes support for Windows 8 touchscreen gestures and a Windows 8 Live Tile that lets you access Mac apps when you’re running Windows.
The update also adds support for USB 3.0 connections, improves support for Macs with Retina displays, and several other performance enhancements.
Apple has offered a “boot camp” feature for a few years which lets you dual boot Windows and OS X on the same computer. But Parallels lets you run Windows in a virtual machine withing OS X, which lets you run Windows apps without rebooting your Mac.
It also supports some pretty nifty cross-platform features including the ability to use OS X Mountain Lion dictation with Windows apps or add Windows apps to your Launchpad.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac costs $80.