What you need to know
- Parallels Desktop 18 has just been released with many new features and improvements.
- This program allows users virtualized versions Windows and Linux on Mac hardware.
- Parallels Desktop 18 simplifies the installation of Windows 11, adds support to DualShock controllers and improves performance in many areas.
Parallels Desktop, a popular tool for running Windows and Linux on Mac hardware, is now available. The utility’s latest version promises faster performance and a host of new features. Parallels Desktop 18 has been released by Corel, the maker of Parallels. Parallels will now work better with ProMotion displays, run faster on M1 Ultra chips and deliver better performance to x86 apps that are running on Apple’s M-series processors.
These are the major changes that Parallels 18 brings to you:
- Windows will now automatically adjust the refresh rate of ProMotion displays on Mac computers equipped with them.
- When a Bluetooth controller connects to the Mac, Windows creates a virtual controller device. This allows users of Windows to play games with DualSense, Xbox, or other game controllers.
- Parallels Tools will be updated upon Windows restart to avoid unwelcome interruptions.
- Use the in-product offer to download and install Windows 11. Only for Intel-based Macs
- Mac Studio with Apple M1 Ultra chip allows you to assign up 62 GB RAM and as many as 18 CPU cores to Windows. You can get Windows 11 up to 96% faster on your Mac.
- Improved USB 3.0 support. Works with live data streaming devices (webcams and game capture devices and a range other video and audio streaming device including Elgato HD60 S and SOCT Copernicus REVO).
- Parallels Tools driver for Shared Folders functionality has now been re-built in ARM architecture to make it more compatible with Intel apps on Windows running on Apple M series Mac.
The complete changelog of Parallels 18 (opens new tab) This document outlines all the new features and changes.