Big Sur Parallels 16

Parallels recently released version 16 of its Parallels Desktop solution. The most important update is that it now also supports the most recent version of macOS Big Sur.

The Parallels Desktop solution enables application developers to support operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS applications and virtual machines (VM’s) on Apple’s macOS operating system. This way, developers can build and test their applications on just about any OS with their MacBook.

While support for Big Sur is the headline feature, Parallels 16 also comes with several new features and improvements. This version claims to launch twice as fast and offers a 20 percent. Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac Fully Supports macOS Big Sur, Delivers Its Most Seamless and Robust Windows-on-Mac Experience BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Parallels.

The most important update in version 16 is support for macOS Big Sur. According to the software developer, this was a challenge because with the introduction of Big Sur third-party kernel support for macOS is a thing of the past. This means that the software developers of Parallels were forced to put a lot of work into finding a workaround.

Other functionality

In addition to Big Sur support, Parallels Desktop 16 also offers other new functionality. For example, the latest version supports 3D Metal applications when running a macOS Big Sur VM on a macOS Big Sur host.

Printers can also be shared between the host and VM’s for multiple operating systems and zoom and rotary motion is supported for multitouch trackpads for Windows applications. Parallels Desktop 16 is designed to deliver better performance, including up to two times faster boot times and twenty percent more performance in DirectX and up to 75 percent faster ‘git status’ in Linux VM’s. With enhanced support for newer versions of OpenGL, it is now also possible to run Windows applications in a VM via Parallels.

End-users of the Pro Edition can now name their custom networks and export VM’s in a compressed format that, Parallels claims, is only a fraction of the size of the VM before compression. Furthermore, a plug-in has been added for Microsoft Visual Studio to facilitate testing in different operating systems.

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Availability

Parallels Desktop 16 is now available. The standard version is a one-time purchase and costs 99.99 dollars. The Pro and Business Edition both cost 99.99 dollars as an annual subscription. Upgrading from Parallels 14 and 15 to version 16 requires a one-time charge of 49.99 dollars for the standard version.

Parallels Desktop 16 launched on the Mac today. It's the latest major release of the software used by developers and others to run Windows, Linux, and macOS applications and virtual machines under macOS. Its most notable offering is full support for macOS Big Sur.

According to the Parallels representatives Ars spoke with, Big Sur support was no small task: Big Sur ended support for the third-party kernel extensions that Parallels built on. That meant an enormous amount of work was required to play nice with Big Sur—25 human-years of engineering work, they claimed.

In addition to supporting Big Sur for both host machines and virtual machines, Parallels Desktop 16 has a slightly different look to fit the different appearance Apple has gone with in Big Sur.

While Big Sur support is the flagship feature here, there's a laundry list of small improvements in this release. For example, Parallels Desktop 16 supports 3D in Metal applications when running a macOS Big Sur virtual machine on a macOS Big Sur host.

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Printers can be shared between host and virtual machines across operating systems, and support has been added for zoom and rotate gestures on multitouch trackpads for Windows apps that have zoom/rotation functionality. Parallels Desktop 16 also promises faster performance than the previous version; it claims to launch twice as fast and offer a 20-percent improvement in DirectX performance, as well as 75-percent faster 'git status' in Linux virtual machines. Support for newer versions of OpenGL has expanded which Windows apps will run in a virtual machine via Parallels.

Pro Edition users can now name their custom networks, and they can export virtual machines in a compressed format that Parallels claims are a fraction of their precompression size. Also, Parallels has launched a plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio to simplify testing on different OSes.

We asked about any plans for supporting Windows on Apple Silicon in Big Sur, but Parallels reps declined to talk about that, saying they would discuss it at a later date.

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Parallels Desktop 16 will be available starting today. The standard edition is a one-time purchase at $99.99, while the Pro and Business Editions require a $99.99 per year subscription. Upgrading from Parallels Desktop 14 or 15 to the new version costs $49.99 once for the standard edition.

That package includes Parallels Toolbox, which was recently updated with new tools and features as well. Those include a screen-break tracker, a unit converter, and show desktop and window manager options for Macs.

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