New Parallels Desktop 18 Update Improves Your Windows Experience On Apple Silicon
Parallels is a way of running Windows itself, and Windows Applications on your Mac. While there are free alternatives to try to perform the same actions as Parallels, the software is extremely well designed and extremely user-friendly, so much so that many users find the cost to be well worth it.
The new update has improved USB 3.0 support for live streaming devices. These specifically include the Elgato HD60 and Startech USB 3.0 Video Capture device, but broader support is included as well. Parallels 18 is also able to share connected Xbox and DualShock game controllers across Windows and Linux.
There are three flavors of Parallels, Standard, Pro, and Business. Business Edition allows for better SSO/SAML authentication, deployment, and provisioning of Windows Virtual Machines to end users, and other business-oriented tasks and needs, as well as all the features of its lower-tier counterparts. Pro edition has the support for network boot, isolation of virtual machine networks if you have more than one virtual machine, and network conditioning function for M1 macs. Standard has support for Apple's ProMotion display, which includes automatic refresh rate changes, and helps with
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