Parallels, the popular computer virtualization application, today released version 17 of Parallels Desktop for Mac, a version which brings several improvements and new features and which has all the optimizations to run efficiently on Macs with Apple silicon, this which will allow us to run virtual machines on our Mac faster than ever.

System wide improvements and updates

“Our decision to easily run Windows 10 applications on Apple M1-based Macs was just the start of a new chapter for Parallels Desktop for Mac aimed at delivering enhanced user experiences running virtual machines on Mac devices.” , said Nick Dobrovolskiy, senior vice president, Parallels Engineering and Support. Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac continues to deliver performance and stability improvements, as well as innovative and user-friendly features on Macs with Intel processors and the Apple M1 chip, allowing users to access the Windows experience on Mac. In collaboration with Apple, we are proud to have created the first prototype macOS Monterey virtual machine that can run on a Mac with the Apple M1 chip. ”

New and improved features in Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac:

Designed for macOS 12 Monterey and Windows 11: Application design language updated to integrate seamlessly with macOS Monterey and Windows 11. Speed ​​and performance improvements: System recovery is now 38% faster, OpenGL graphics are 6 times faster, and 2D graphics on Windows are 25% faster. On M1 Macs, Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview is 33% faster, disk performance 20% better, and DirectX 11 performance improves by 28%. Finally, on Macs with Intel, the network connection is 60% faster. Improved driver for a more complete Windows gaming experience: The display driver offers much smoother Windows interface responsiveness and synchronized video playback. Specific enhancements for Mac with M1 chip: With Parallels Desktop 17, Windows 10 recognizes Mac battery status and saves power when Mac power is low. The new virtual TPM chip allows Windows 10 and Windows 11 to use BitLocker and Secure Boot, for a higher level of data protection. Support for multichannel audio and pin presence detection with native drivers available for Linux virtual machines. Using a Linux virtual machine in window display mode is made easier with dynamic resolution support which allows you to resize the virtual machine window by forcing Linux to automatically update the screen towards a new resolution. Improved Consistency Mode: All Windows shutdown, update, and logon screens now appear in Windows, so you can minimize them so you don’t see them. Automatic Resource Manager Enhancements: Designed to assess and determine the optimal amount of Mac hardware resources for virtual machines. Drag and drop content improvements between Windows and Mac: We can now drag text or an image between Mac and Windows apps. USB Device Support Improvements: USB 3.1 support is here, allowing the use of additional USB storage devices. We can now see the device name in the Parallels Desktop interface, which makes it easier to identify it when connecting or disconnecting. Improved Disk Space Control: Now we can see how much space virtual machines are taking up.

Without a doubt, virtualizing Windows 10, the ARM version of the Insider channel, will be easier in Parallels 17. Of course, let’s keep in mind that the x86 versions are not compatible nor that we cannot take the virtual machine. that we were running. at Intel and transfer it to our new Mac with M1. That said, integration improvements and anticipation of the arrival of Windows 11, which will make it easier to virtualize, are fundamental elements that make Parallels 17 one of the best virtualization software on the market.