The new version of virtualization software Parallels Desktop 17 for running Windows applications on the Mac offers support for the Apple M1 soc and for Intel chips. The software supports macOS 12 Monterey and Windows 11.
The new version of Parallels Desktop has been released. The virtualization software allows Windows to be run on Apple computers. The new version works on both the Apple M1 soc and Intel chips and promises to be a lot faster than the previous version.
For example, the software must be up to seven times faster in OpenGL tasks. On a Mac with M1 chip, Parallels promises up to 33 percent faster launching of Windows 10 on Arm Insider Preview and up to 20 percent faster write performance when using Windows 10 on Arm Insider Preview. Also, DirectX 11 should work better. On Macs with an Intel CPU, 2D graphics in Windows should run up to 28 percent faster than Parallels Desktop 16.
Parallels Desktop 17 supports both host and guest operating systems Apple’s macOS12 Monterey and it also supports Linux and Windows 11. The preview of Windows 11 can be run in Desktop 17. The only limitation is that M1 users are limited to running the Windows on Arm version.
The new version of the software also comes with a number of software improvements compared to its predecessor. Among other things, the software has an updated display driver for a better gaming experience on Windows. Desktop 17 also recognizes the Mac’s battery percentage in Windows and automatically turns on energy-saving mode when the battery is low.
Parallels Desktop 17 features a virtual rpm chip that enables the use of BitLocker and Secure Boot in Windows 10 and 11. Parallels has also enhanced Coherence Mode, allowing users to close all Windows shutdown, update, and login screens in one window. can be displayed. That window can then be minimized. Also, users can drag any text or images between Mac and Windows applications. Parallels promises better support for USB devices and improved disk space management, especially in virtual machines.
Parallels has developed a special version of the software for the Mac Pro for developers and IT specialists. That version allows to create a virtual machine from a linked clone and that version has an improved Visual Studio plug-in.
Parallels Desktop 17 is available in three versions. A new subscription of the standard edition costs 80 euros per year, a one-time purchase costs 100 euros. An upgrade to the new edition costs 50 euros. Parallel Desktop for the Mac Pro costs $100 a year or $50 a year as an upgrade from the standard edition. The business version of Parallels Desktop 17 costs 100 euros per year.