Parallels has updated its virtualization software to version 17.1. The main feature of the new version is support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11.
Parallels virtualization software allows users to run macOS and Windows virtual applications on Apple desktops and laptops. Version 17 of this was released in August of this year, now extended with version 17.1.
Apple macOS Updates
The new update allows desktops and laptops based on the Apple M1 chipset to run the latest version of macOS Monterey as a host operating system with better performance. Additionally, virtualization software now supports the recently launched Windows 11 operating system in addition to the current Windows 10 operating system.
Specifically, the functionality added in version 17.1 allows users to install Parallels Tools in a macOS Monterey virtual machine (VM) on an Apple desktop or laptop computer equipped with the M1 chipset. They can then use the built-in copy and paste functionality between the virtual machine and the base macOS operating system. In addition, the size of the virtual disk has doubled from 32 GB to 64 GB.
Updates for Windows 11
In addition, Parallels Desktop 17.1 is now compatible with Windows 11. For this purpose, the default module called Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is enabled by default. According to the software vendor, this should make it easier to install and run Windows 11.
For end users running a Linux-based VM with Parallels Desktop, version 17.1 provides VirGL technology to enable 3D acceleration.
Version 17.1 is free for all Parallels Desktop 17 end users.
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