What you need to know
- Parallels 16 has launched for macOS.
- It includes a Big Sur design refresh and better graphics performance.
- It also boasts 20 percent faster DirectX 11 performance, support for Metal applications with 3D capabilities, and more.
Parallels Desktop 16 has today launched for macOS, bringing a smart new UI refresh and some big performance improvements.
The company announced the new version in a press release today (opens in new tab) stating:
Headline new features in Parallels Desktop 16 include 20% faster DirectX 11 performance, improved OpenGL 3 graphics in Windows and Linux and a 10% improvement in battery life in Travel Mode. Your virtual machine can now return unused disk space automatically, and there are even new multi-touch gestures for Windows apps when you're using a trackpad!
The 'Pro Edition' of Parallels is also getting an upgrade, including new CPU and RAM assignment improvements, Microsoft Visual Studioplug-in, Nested Virtualization, Command Line, and more.
The new Business Edition of Parallels also boasts corporate VM provisioning and upgrade control.
Parallels has also added new tools to its Parallels Toolbox including:
You can read the full press release here. (opens in new tab)
All editions of Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac can be bought from Parallels.com (opens in new tab).
It is certainly faster on Big Sur Beta, since 15 wouldn't launch at all. I found Edge in Win 10 to be sluggish at this point. Just loaded it on a MacBook Pro, i5, 8G RAM. Wouldn't have said that with Parallels 15, Catalina, same machine. May just be the Beta. We'll see.
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