A new Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac has been released that offers better compatibility for Windows apps and gaming controllers.
The latest version of Parallels, now available in the market, demonstrates its software’s ability to run over 200,000 Windows applications and classic games.
The new version of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac, released recently, includes a number of improvements aimed at improving the management of Windows applications on Apple’s processor platform.
Most of these changes have an immediate and direct impact on how applications run in an environment powered by macOS, which is based on Apple Silicon for both Personal and Business Edition users.
Parallels Desktop 18: What’s New?
Running on Windows 11, Parallels Desktop 18 offers improved compatibility when it comes to running software developed by Intel.
According to Apple Insiders, Parallels users can see evidence of this compatibility feature when they save and read files directly from the hard drive that comes with their Mac devices.
Users will experience continuous and seamless integration when using the software, as hardware compatibility includes Apple’s later chip versions and its ProMotion display.
On a Mac Studio, Windows 11 performance can now be optimized to 96% faster than before, which is also the case for the M1 Ultra.
Users can download, install and configure Windows 11 with just one click, making it much easier to get started. The same setup mechanism also returns a list of Linux computers that are already configured and ready to use.
The latest iteration of the software will also offer a better experience for users who would like to play on Windows. Users can start gaming by connecting their Xbox or PS4 game controllers while switching their Mac to the Windows operating system.
This makes the Windows gaming experience more accessible. In addition, there are claims of a smooth user interface for Windows and fast frame rates for video playback.
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Parallels Desktop 18 Subscription
Parallels Desktop 18 is available in Standard, Pro and Business editions. Users have the option to purchase Parallels Desktop 18 either as a subscription for $99.99 per year or as a perpetual license for $129.99.
The annual cost for the Pro Edition is $129.99, but the annual cost for the Business Edition is $149.99. Here are the highlights for the Pro and Business editions according to 9to5Mac.
On Apple M1 Macs, Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition comes with a network conditioner that gives users the ability to configure a variety of network conditions for the virtual machine.
For increased security, it separates the Mac OS from the network of virtual machines running on Apple M1 devices and launches a Minikube cluster with Parallels Desktop as the virtualization provider.
In addition to all the features found in both Standard and Pro editions, the Business edition now includes support for SSO and SAML licensing.
These features will greatly simplify the process of deploying licenses for IT admins looking to implement Windows support across their fleet of Macs. SSO providers like Ping, Okta, Azure AD and others are included in this package.
A Windows 11 virtual machine can also be deployed, deployed or transferred by IT administrators to all workstations in an organization.
Last but not least, it gives teams the ability to centrally manage their participation in the Parallels customer experience program from a single interface.
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