Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Released With Big Sur Support [Video]

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Released With Big Sur Support [Video]

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Parallels Desktop 16 has been released for Mac with support for macOS Big Sur, increased graphics performance, and new integrated features.

“Parallels invested more than 25-man-years of engineer programming to take full advantage of the new macOS Big Sur architecture and revamped kernel extensions to deliver our best Windows-on-Mac performance ever for our Parallels Desktop 16 customers,” said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support. “The innovative new features in Parallels Desktop 16 include the world’s first support for Metal applications with 3D capabilities running in a macOS Big Sur virtual machine on a macOS Big Sur host. Performance improvements include launching twice as fast*, up to 20 percent faster Windows resume and shutdown*, faster DirectX and more.”

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Released With Big Sur Support [Video]

New Feature Highlights of Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac:
● DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3: Up to 20 percent faster DirectX 11 and improved OpenGL 3 graphics in Windows and Linux.
● Increased battery life: Stay productive on the go with up to 10 percent longer battery life when Windows runs in Travel Mode.
● Automatically reclaim disk space: Virtual machines (VMs) can be set to automatically return unused disk space when shutting down.
● New multi-touch gestures for Windows apps: Use smooth zoom and rotate Trackpad multi-touch gestures in Windows apps.
● Enhanced printing: Print on both sides and use more paper sizes, from A0 to envelope.

Experience 14+ Years of Innovations and Timeless Features
Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac brings customers more than 14 years of innovations, including many history-making new features and high-performance firsts, resulting from Parallels’ relentless commitment to deliver the best-possible Windows-on-Mac experience. Examples include launching the world’s first virtualization software for Mac that runs Windows on Mac without rebooting in 2006; Coherence™ Mode, which provides the option of running Windows invisibly in the background while using Windows apps in their macOS environment with native Mac gestures, in 2007; seamless integration of Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive cloud services in 2015; and support for DirectX 11, 10 and 9 on Apple Metal in 2019. Now, in 2020, Parallels Desktop 16 reinvented itself for macOS Big Sur to use native Mac virtualization without loading any deprecated kernel extensions.

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Released With Big Sur Support [Video]

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Pro Edition
The #1 selling version of Parallels Desktop is Parallels Desktop Pro Edition. It is a more powerful, feature-rich and flexible solution than the Standard Edition yet simple to use. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition makes it easy for anyone to enjoy maximum productivity.

New and key Pro Edition features include:
● CPUs and RAM: Assign up to 32 vCPUs and 128 GB vRAM for each VM.
● Microsoft Visual Studioplug-in: Visual Studio integration simplifies testing applications across operating systems.
● Create and name custom networks (new): Name your custom networks for more organized and productive testing.
● Nested Virtualization: Run and test Microsoft Hyper-V based virtual machines in your Parallels Desktop virtual machine.
● Command Line: Rich command line interface (prlctl and prlsrvctl) allows flexible work automatization.
● Vagrant, Docker, and Jenkins Plugins: Complimentary Vagrant, Docker and Jenkins plugins/providers for developers.
● Linked Clones: Make a new VM from a snapshot of the exiting VM. The linked clone occupies only a fraction of disk space that is used by the parent VM, as it reuses disk sectors that are the same for both VMs.
● Archive a VM right in Control Center: Pro users tend to have many virtual machines which occupy a lot of disk space. In-place archive right from Parallels Desktop Control Center, with the ability to manage the configuration of an archived VM, brings unique convenience.
● Prepare for transfer (new):Export a VM in a compressed format as a solid file for easier and faster upload and transfer to new hardware.
● 50+ features: More than 50 useful and time-saving features are included in the Pro Edition.

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Business Edition
New Parallels Desktop 16 Business Edition features, which are in addition to all Pro Edition features, include:

● Corporate VM provisioning: Easily configure VMs with preinstalled applications to upload and host for employees to securely download and run on their Mac devices.
● Upgrade control: Centralized administration provides flexible controls to manage access to new Parallels Desktop updates, new feature releases, upgrades and new macOS releases.
● Passwordless update: Administrator credentials are no longer required for Parallels Desktop updates, making it easier for IT and users to keep it current even when users are not admins on their Mac devices.
● Easy installation on macOS Big Sur: Parallels Desktop installation on macOS Big Sur does NOT require approval of system extension, so installation is fast, seamless and does not require rebooting your Mac.

Pricing and Availability:
Current Parallels Desktop for Mac customers (any edition) can get upgrade pricing for Parallels Desktop 16 online at New customers can download free trials and purchase at

Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac
● Upgrade from any edition to a perpetual license – US$49.99
● New subscription – US$79.99 per year
● New perpetual license – US$99.99

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition
● Upgrade from any edition – US$49.99 per year
● New subscription – US$99.99 per year

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
● US$99.99 per year

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Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Released With Big Sur Support [Video]