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The new Parallels 17 enables Windows 11 to run on your Mac


Windows 11 is coming to Macs even those without Boot Camp Parallels Desktop 17 will allow Mac users to experience the next version of Windows and Microsoft in a window on their Mac's desktop Parallels supports both Intel and M1 Macs (Although there is a special feature for those using Arm-based devices, and it can even be used to launch a Windows 11 preview for those who can't wait.

The catch for M1 users is the same when Parallels first added support for the latest Apple devices. Arm, you'll probably want to proceed with caution, Windows on Arm's x86 emulation has been a bit tricky, x64 app emulation is still in progress and basically, if you're looking to run a default version of Windows on your M1 you still have to deal with the same caveats Which may come with running Windows on any other Arm devices.

While M1 users have to deal with Windows on Arm, they also get some performance improvements if they're coming from Parallels 16: Parallels says the new version will allow M1 Macs to have 28% better DirectX 11 performance and up to 33 start times Percent faster for Windows 10 on Arm Insider Preview VMs, along with up to 25% faster 2D graphics and up to 6x faster OpenGL performance that Parallels says will come to Windows VMs on all Macs Both Intel and M1 are supported, and M1 users will also be able to use BitLocker and Secure Boot thanks to the default TPM module.

There are other improvements under the hood with Parallels 17 for example now becoming a universal app, making life easier for IT departments, and getting support for macOS Monterey - the virtualization software will be able to run on macOS 12 computers as well as create virtual machines.

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