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Windows 11 Now Officially Supported on M3 Macs via Parallels

Windows 11 Now Officially Supported on M3 Macs via Parallels

Posted January 18, 2024 at 11:13pm by iClarified
Microsoft has announced that Arm versions of Windows 11 are now officially supported on M3 Macs via Parallels Desktop.

The company revealed compatibility for the new Macs in a support document...

Parallels Desktop version 18 and 19 are authorized solutions for running Arm versions of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Enterprise in a virtual environment on its platform on Apple M1, M2, and M3 computers. The Arm version of Windows 11 has limitations that can impact your ability to use various types of hardware, games, and apps, including those that rely on DirectX 12, a suite of multimedia technologies frequently used in Windows games and other apps.

Windows 11 Now Officially Supported on M3 Macs via Parallels

Experiences that depend on an additional layer of virtualization (nested virtualization) are not supported, including:

● Windows Subsystem for Android, which enables your Windows 11 device to run Android applications that are available in the Amazon Appstore

● Windows Subsystem for Linux, which enables a GNU/Linux environment on Windows 11

● Windows Sandbox, a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation

● Virtualization-based Security (VBS), which enables customers to create and isolate a secure region of memory from the normal operating system

32-bit Arm apps available from the Store in Windows are not supported by Mac computers with M1, M2, and M3 chips. 32-bit Arm apps are in the process of being deprecated for all Arm versions of Windows. The preferred customer experience is to run 64-bit Arm apps, but customers can also use apps in x64 or x86 emulation on Mac M1, M2, and M3 computers.

Parallels Desktop is available now at $99.99/year for the standard edition or $119.99 for Pro with a free trial. Notably, Amazon is currently offering 25% off the Pro version.

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