Parallels Desktop: a Preview version available for Apple Macs with M1 chip

Launching a new processor is no small feat. Software compatibility must be provided if the chip is to be adopted quickly. What Apple did with its Apple Silicon M1 chip.

It has long been known that Apple is working on a home processor, a chip based on the ARM architecture to stop being so dependent on Intel. The first models with such a chip were made official not long ago. Logically, the question of software compatibility arose. Apple provided a first response with its translation tool Rosetta 2. But obviously nothing beats native support for this new M1 chip. A work already well advanced for Parallels Desktop .

Parallels Desktop available in preview for Apple Mac M1

Shortly after Apple announced its first Mac M1, Parallels in turn announced that it was working on an M1 compatible version of its flagship software, Parallels Desktop. The good news is that Parallels is now informing users that the latest version of its application is compatible with M1 chips. This version is accessible through the Mac Technical Preview Program .

For those of you who don’t know, the Technical Preview program allows you to test beta versions, that is, to discover versions before their official release and to provide software developers with potential bug reports. These are not really the day-to-day versions, as bugs are often present, but these versions are stable enough to be offered to a certain audience.

But Windows is left out, because of Microsoft

That being said, it should be noted that although Parallels Desktop is here indeed compatible with the M1 chip, its functionality is still somewhat limited. This is because for the most part Mac users use Parallels Desktop to run Windows . Unfortunately, this version M1 of Parallels currently only supports ARM-based operating systems.

And currently, Microsoft does not have an official version of Windows for ARM chips that users can purchase separately. This means that while Parallels does work on a Mac M1, you won’t be able to run Windows on it until Microsoft decides to sell versions of Windows for ARM or until you become part of the Windows program. Insider – Here to request it – to access the preview available.

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