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New Features, macOS Ventura, and Pricing

Today, Parallels announced the release of Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac. Parallels Desktop 18 includes substantial enhancements to the core, changes that enable IT managers to deploy Parallels and Windows in their environments, and support for the latest macOS operating system. For Mac users who need to run Windows applications, Parallels 18 is designed to simplify the process and speed up the workflow. Users can run over 200,000 Windows applications and classic games on macOS with Parallels 18. This new version offers three different styles depending on your business (or gaming) needs. Let’s dive into the new features.

Parallels 18 Standard Edition

Parallels 18 Standard Edition is optimized for the macOS Ventura release to support new features and functionality and deliver exceptional performance. It includes full support for Apple’s ProMotion displays with automatic refresh rate changes and unleashed Apple M1 Ultra performance, allowing users to allocate more resources and get up to 96% faster in Windows 11. For those running Windows games on macOS via Parallels, version 18 adds automatic sharing of Xbox or DualShock Bluetooth game controllers with Windows and Linux. It also improves the compatibility of Intel applications when running the ARM version of Windows 11. Finally, you’ll find enhanced USB 3.0 support for live streaming devices, including Elgato HD60, Startech USB 3.0 video capture, and more. Once macOS Ventura is released, you can choose to run Windows applications in Stage Manager.

Professional Edition

Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition includes all the features of the Standard Edition plus some other enhancements. It consists of the Network Conditioner on the Apple M1 Mac, which enables the user to set various network conditions (bandwidth, packet loss, latency) for the virtual machine. It isolates the virtual machine network from the Mac on Apple M1 Mac computers for increased security, and uses Parallels Desktop as the virtualization provider to spin up Minikube clusters. It includes network booting with a Linux ARM virtual machine and is now available on Macs with Apple Silicon. Using the enhanced Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio, you can quickly analyze application performance in a separate VM.

commercial version

The commercial edition adds all the features of the Standard and Professional editions, plus SSO/SAML support for licensing. For IT managers looking to deploy Windows support across their Mac fleet, these features will greatly simplify the process of configuring licenses. Included SSO providers include Azure AD, Okta, Ping, and more. IT administrators can also deploy, configure, or transfer Windows 11 virtual machines across employee computers. Finally, it allows teams to centrally manage their Parallels Customer Experience Program participation in a single portal.

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“We’re proud of our engineering team, who continue to be at the forefront of innovation to provide our users with a more powerful and seamless Parallels Desktop for Mac experience, which integrates with the latest macOS Ventura for the latest Apple hardware. “It’s so simple to use, our users can rely on Parallels Desktop for Mac to focus on the work at hand,” said Prashant Ketkar, Corel’s chief technology and product officer. “


On Intel, Parallels 18 supports everything from Windows 2000 to Windows 11 on the Microsoft side. On the Mac side, it supports all operating systems back to Lion. For Linux, it supports Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian GNU, Mint, Red Hat, Suse Linux and Kali.

On Apple Silicon, it supports Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS Ventura and Monterey, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian GBU, RHEL, CentOS and Kali.

Parallels reports that 99.99% of Intel-based PC applications run fine on macOS, including some of the heaviest CAD software, thanks to Windows 11’s built-in emulation.

Parallels 18 Pricing

Parallels Desktop 18 is sold as a subscription price of $99.99 per year or a perpetual license of $129.99. The Professional Edition is $129.99 per year, while the Commercial Edition is $149.99 per year (per license). If you have an existing license for the Standard Edition, the perpetual license upgrade is $69.99, and the Professional Edition subscription upgrades to $69.99 per year.

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I’ll have a full review in the next few weeks, but it looks like another strong release from the Parallels team. I’m particularly interested in the new SSO/SAML permission support. I believe this enhancement, while not product-centric, will make product deployment and license management easier. Parallels simplifies the installation process for Apple Silicon, allowing you to download ARM-compatible versions without joining the Microsoft Insider program. During the installation process, Parallels will automatically download the correct version. Via SaaS apps, Catalyst apps, and web apps – some users may have lessened their need for Windows apps on macOS. For those who want to play Windows games, use the PC version of Microsoft Office, or have a specific PC use case, Parallels 18 looks like a solid upgrade over the previous version. Download the free trial version.

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