Parallels Desktop 18 makes it even easier to install Windows on Apple Silicon

SoftwareA year after the last update, Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 18, which improves support for Windows applications on Mac with Apple Silicon, as well as a faster installation process. The other big new feature is in gaming, with better controller support and a smoother experience, with higher frame rates. Let’s see in detail the updates of the new Parallels. There are three versions of Parallels 18: Standard, Pro, and Business, with more and more features reserved for specific uses. With the latest version, Parallels claims to be able to run over 200,000 classic Windows applications and games, covering 99.99% of Intel-based PC applications, but one of the most popular new features will be the now much easier Installation , with users can download, install and configure Windows 11 with one click. During installation, you will also be able to choose from a list of ready-to-use Linux systems.

Parallels Standard 18 is ready for macOS Ventura and features full support for Apple’s ProMotion display with automatic refresh rate changes, as well as the ability to run Windows applications in Stage Manager. The work of the developers has particularly focused on performance and compatibility with Apple Silicon processors, allowing users to achieve up to 96% faster Windows 11 performance, in the case of the M1 Ultra on Mac Studio. Among other novelties, we have

– in games, automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux
– improved Intel application compatibility when running the ARM version of Windows 11
– Increased USB 3.0 support for live streaming devices including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture and more

The Pro version of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac goes even further by offering

– more detailed management of virtual machine network conditions (bandwidth, packet loss or latency).
– possibility to isolate the network of virtual machines from Mac on Mac Apple M1 computers for more security
– the ability to configure a MiniKube cluster using Parallels Desktop as the virtualization provider.
– the ability to use network boot with ARM Linux virtual machines
– the ability to analyze the performance of an application in a separate virtual machine using the Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio.

The Business Edition adds

– Support for SSO / SAML licenses. Included SSO providers are Azure AD, Okta, Ping, and others.
– single access for employees to activate the software with a corporate account
– Admins can use Business Edition to deploy, provision, and move Windows 11 virtual machines between employee Mac systems.

Parallels Desktop 18 runs on macOS Mojave and later, but as we’ve seen macOS Ventura support is ready. The minimum hardware requirements are a Mac with 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, Windows 10, macOS Ventura and Monterey, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian GBU, RHEL, CentOS, and Kali. Intel Macs can support Windows from Windows XP, OS X Lion 10.7.x, Android, and a larger Linux catalog. Prices? The standard edition costs 99.99 per year (with free updates) or 129.99 for a perpetual license (without free updates), while the upgrade costs 69.99 euros. The Pro Edition costs 119.99 euros per year, while the Business Edition costs 149.99 euros per year.