Parallels Desktop 17 will run Windows 11 on Macs

Parallels has introduced Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac, officially ushering in Windows 11 support for Apple’s new M1-based systems; all we need now is for Microsoft to offer its OS for such use.

Faster than before

Parallels Desktop is now used to run more than 200,000 Windows apps on Macs, the company said, and is available as a Universal Binary to run on both Apple Silicon and Intel-based Macs.

Some of the most interesting improvements come when running Parallels on an M1 Mac. That’s when you’ll see Windows launch faster, experience much faster graphics with higher frame rates in 2D and 3D gaming. It’s also possible to use Apple’s new QuickNotes feature with Windows apps.[ Related: Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Apple macOS: 18 security features compared ]

One important limitation is that Parallels will work with macOS versions up to High Sierra on Intel Macs, but M1 Macs must run Big Sur or later. You’ll also find Intel Macs will support a wider range of guest OSes, mainly because ARM support is only available via Windows 10, 11, Monterey, and Linux distros Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian GNU, and Kali.

Will Microsoft release the ARM?

The biggest obstacle to Mac users hoping to use Parallels to support Windows 11 on their systems is that Microsoft hasn’t yet officially released the ARM version of Windows for sale.

Microsoft has made no announcement concerning its plans, if any, to sell the ARM version of Windows to Mac users for use with Parallels, though the Windows 11 Insider Preview works fine on Apple’s computers, including M1-powered models. Parallels has made it easy to install.

It is also interesting that Parallels will now run macOS Monterey as a virtual machine, meaning you can run two Macs on one machine, which might be of use, particularly for application testing, or if you need to run Monterey for testing before migrating to the OS on your main Mac. You can also run Mac operating systems back to High Sierra, 10.13.

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