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Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac has been released, the latest version offering better support for Windows applications on Apple Silicon Mac, as well as a better Windows gaming experience.
Updated Tuesday, refreshed it Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac makes a number of changes to improve how it handles Windows applications on Apple’s processor platform. Many changes have a direct impact on the operation of applications in an Apple Silicon macOS environment for consumers and business users.
Under the latest version, Parallels now offers the ability to run more than 200,000 classic Windows applications and games using its software.
There’s also improved compatibility for running Intel apps while running Windows 11. Parallels says this is especially the case for recording and playing files from the Mac disk itself.
There’s more seamless and seamless integration at play, with compatibility for hardware including the ProMotion display and Apple’s latest chip releases. For the M1 Ultra on a mac studioWindows 11 performance is now 96% faster.
Getting started is also much easier, with users able to download, install and configure Windows 11 with one click. The same configuration system also provides a list of ready-to-use Linux systems.
For gamers, the Windows gaming experience has been improved, with users able to connect a game controller to their Mac, switch to Windows, and start gaming with minimal hassle. There are also claims of a smooth Windows user interface and video playback at high frame rates.
There is also improved USB 3.0 support for live streaming devices, such as the Elgato HD60 and Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture devices.
The Pro edition adds a network conditioner for M1 Macs, so users can configure specific network conditions for virtual machine networking. There’s the ability to isolate the virtual machine network from the Mac for improved security, and even the ability to set up a MiniKube cluster using Parallels Desktop as the virtualization provider.
Pro edition users will benefit from the ability to use network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines and be able to analyze application performance in a separate virtual machine using the plugin. in Parallels for Visual Studio.
Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition continues from the Pro version by adding single sign-on and SAML authentication for employees for software activation with a corporate account.
Administrators can use Business Edition to deploy, provision, and transfer Windows 11 virtual machines to employee Mac systems. They can also manage participation in the Parallels Customer Experience Program centrally in Parallels My Account.
Parallels Desktop 18 runs on macOS Mojave and later, with support for macOS Ventura upon its public release. The minimum hardware requirements are a Mac with a Core 2 Duo or higher, 4 GB of memory and 600 MB of installation space.
On Apple Silicon Macs, software support only covers ARM versions of operating systems, including Windows 11, macOS Monterey 12, and some Linux versions. Intel Macs can support Windows from Windows XP, OS X Lion 10.7.x, Android, and a wider Linux catalog.
The standard edition costs $99.99 per year, or $129.99 for a perpetual license. The Pro edition costs $119.99 per year, while the Business edition costs $149.99 per year.
Upgrades from any previous version of Parallels Desktop to Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac are offered at $69.99, with previous Pro Edition installations also upgradeable to Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition for $69.99. $99 per year.