A new Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac has been released, providing better compatibility for Windows apps and game controllers.
The latest version of Parallels, which is now available in the market, shows the ability of their software to run more than 200,000 classic Windows applications and games.
The recently released new version of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac incorporates a number of enhancements designed to improve the way it handles Windows applications on Apple’s processor platform.
Most of these changes have an immediate and direct impact on how apps run in an Apple Silicon-based macOS-powered environment for home and business edition users.
Parallels Desktop 18: what’s new?
When running on Windows 11, Parallels Desktop 18 has increased compatibility when it comes to running software developed by Intel.
According Apple InsiderParallels users can see proof of this compatibility feature when they save and play files directly from the disc that comes with their Mac devices.
Users will benefit from seamless and seamless integration when using the software since hardware compatibility includes Apple’s latest chip versions and its ProMotion display.
On a Mac Studio, Windows 11 performance can now be optimized to be 96% faster than before, which also applies to the M1 Ultra.
Users can download, install and configure Windows 11 with just one click, which greatly simplifies the startup process. The same configuration mechanism also gives a list of Linux computers already configured and ready to use.
The latest iteration of the software will also provide a better experience for users who want to play on Windows. Users can start playing by connecting their Xbox or PS4 game controllers when switching their Mac to the Windows operating system.
This makes the Windows gaming experience more accessible. Moreover, it claims 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 of purchasing Parallels Desktop 18 either as a subscription which costs $99.99 per year or as a perpetual license which costs $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 of the Pro and Business editions, according to 9to5Mac.
On Apple M1 Macs, Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition comes equipped with a Network Conditioner, which allows users to configure various network conditions for the virtual machine.
For increased levels of security, it separates the Mac operating system from the network of virtual machines running on Apple M1 devices, and it launches a Minikube cluster using Parallels Desktop as the virtualization provider.
In addition to incorporating all the features included in the Standard and Pro editions, the Business edition now includes support for SSO and SAML licensing.
These features will make the license provisioning process much easier for IT admins looking to implement Windows support across their entire fleet of Macs. SSO providers such as Ping, Okta, Azure AD and others are included in this package.
A Windows 11 virtual machine can also be deployed, provisioned, or migrated to all desktops in an organization by IT administrators.
Finally, it gives teams the ability to centrally manage their participation in the Parallels Customer Experience Program from a single interface.
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