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Microsoft Endorses Parallels for Windows 11 Use on Latest Apple Silicon Macs

There are two main options for running Windows 11 on Macs with Apple M1, M2, and M3 chips: Windows 365 Cloud PCs and Parallels Desktop.


has officially authorized Parallels Desktop versions 18 and 19 for running the ARM version of Windows 11, as well as Enterprise, on Macs equipped with 's M1, M2, and the latest M3 processors. The announcement positions Parallels Desktop as a key solution for users intending to run the Windows operating system within a virtual on their Macs.

Virtualization with Limitations

While Parallels Desktop enables a robust feature set, allowing access to multimedia technologies, hardware acceleration, and DirectX 12 support, the absence of nested virtualization results in particular capabilities being inaccessible. Among these are the Windows Subsystem for Android and Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Sandbox, and Virtualization-based Security (VBS). Users requiring these features may have to consider Windows 365 or opt for a dedicated device that runs Windows 11 natively.

Software Availability and Pricing

Parallels Desktop 19, the latest version, is available for Mac users at an annual price of $99.99 for the standard edition, with a Pro edition provided at $119.99. A current promotional offer on presents the Pro edition at a 25% discount. As an authorized software for running Windows 11 ARM on Apple computers, Parallels Desktop opens the door for diverse users to embrace the flexibility of virtualization, despite the recent cessation of support for 32-bit Windows apps specific to ARM by Microsoft. Apple, having already abandoned 32-bit app support in previous iterations of , is unaffected by this change.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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