Making the leap. Parallels Desktop 17 is now out, with this latest version of the cross-platform software now optimized to run Windows 11 on Macs running either Intel or Apple M1 chips.
Not too long ago we learned that the virtualization company was working on adding support for the upcoming OS. And today, the company made the deal official in an announcement, promising significantly faster speeds and better performance than its predecessor.
This latest version focuses not just on compatibility, but also brings some very welcome performance improvements. The numbers being thrown around are big — like really big.
For instance, all supported Macs will see up to 38% faster performance when resuming Windows, Linux, and macOS. While those with hardware housing an M1 chip are in line to up to 33% faster startup, and up to 20% faster disk performance for Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview.
Parallels Desktop 17 packs in an OpenGL performance boost up to six times, with up to 25% faster 2D graphics in Windows virtual machines.
M1 Macs also get up to 28% better DirectX 11 performance, and thanks to a virtualized TPM, these users can also use features like BitLocker and Secure Boot.
Access does not come cheap, though.
But the good news is that Parallels has not modified pricing this year. The regular version of Parallels Desktop 17 is still available for $79.99 a year, with a perpetual license costing you $99.99. The Pro and Business editions will also cost the same price.
Those with a perpetual license for a previous version of Parallels can get in for $49.99.
Check out Parallels Desktop 17 on its official website here.