Parallels is known for its virtualization software that allows you to run Windows and Linux directly from your Mac.
Parallels Desktop 17 allows Mac users to experience the next version of Windows within a window across the Mac desktop.
The software supports Intel platforms and M1 Macs (although there is a special feature for those running Arm-based devices). It can even be used to run a preview of Windows 11 for those who can’t wait.
The problem for M1 users is the same when Parallels first added support for the latest Apple devices, you can only emulate Arm-based operating systems, which means you’re limited to Windows via Arm.
While it seems possible to install a preview of Windows 11 for Arm devices, you may want to proceed with caution. Emulating Windows via Arm x86 was a bit tricky, and emulation of the x64 application is still in progress.
And if you’re looking to run a default version of Windows via M1, you still have to deal with the same caveats that would come with running Windows across any other Arm devices.
And while M1 users have to deal with Windows via Arm, they also get some performance improvements if they’re coming from Parallels Desktop 16.
The company says: The new version allows M1 Mac computers to get DirectX 11 performance better by 28 percent. And 33 percent faster startup times for Windows 10 across Arm devices.
This comes along with 2D graphics that are up to 25 percent faster. And OpenGL performance is up to 6 times faster. Which the company says comes to Windows virtual machines across all supported Macs, Intel and M1 alike.
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M1 users can also use BitLocker and Secure Boot thanks to the default TPM.
There are other improvements with Parallels Desktop 17 as it is now a universal app. It also gets support for macOS Monterey.
Virtualization software can work across macOS 12 computers, as well as create virtual machines.
As with most software these days, Parallels Desktop 17 is sold as a subscription. AndIf you want the standard version of Parallels Desktop 17, you have the option of getting a subscription for $79.99 per year, or a perpetual license for $99.99.
And if you had a perpetual license to a previous version of Parallels Desktop, you can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 17 for $49.99. There are also Pro and Business versions that cost $99.99 per year.
Parallels sells the software on its website. But it might be worth waiting until Windows 11 launches (likely in October) to see how well it fares across Parallels.
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