Parallels has updated their application which enables you to run Windows on Mac computers to incorporate better support for Windows 8. Now Parallels Desktop 8 includes support for Windows 8 touchscreen gestures plus 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 enables you to dual boot Windows and OS X on the same computer. But Parallels lets you run Windows inside a virtual machine withing OS X, which enables you to run Windows apps without rebooting your Mac.
It also supports some pretty nifty cross-platform features including the capability to use OS X Mountain Lion dictation with Windows apps or add Windows apps to your Launchpad.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac costs $80.