Windows 11 for Mac in the Works, Says Parallels Desktop

The popular software for virtualizing Windows on macOS, Parallels Desktop, has confirmed that support for the newly announced Windows 11 is in the works for Mac computers.

Windows 11 Parallels Feature
Last week, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, the next major version of the Windows operating system. Obviously, Windows 11 won't be supported on Mac computers, but as is normal, some Mac users run virtualized desktops on their Mac with Windows.

As reported by iMore, Parallels has confirmed that it is waiting to dig into Windows 11, once all of its features, such as Teams integration and Android apps, are released and part of the Windows 11 Preview build before they starting working on Mac compatibility. As per the report:

"Since Windows 11 has just been announced recently, the Parallels Engineering team is waiting for the official Windows 11 Insider Preview build to start studying changes introduced in the new OS to deliver full compatibility in future Parallels Desktop updates," Nick Dobrovolskiy, SVP of Engineering and Support told iMore. Microsoft's first Insider preview build came out on Monday, but the rollout was a bumpy one and it doesn't include all of the new features that are coming to Windows 11 later this year such as Microsoft Teams integration or support for Android apps.

No specifics were given, but Parallels did say that it "will surely do everything that's possible to make it happen." On Intel-based Mac computers, users can natively run Windows using Boot Camp, as well as through virtualization. However, running Windows natively through Boot Camp is no longer possible on all Apple silicon Macs, leaving virtualization to be the only option.

Top Rated Comments

R.T.J. Avatar
17 weeks ago
Do you know what the problem with Windows is?
They do not know who to be.

Every time they change everything and then you see is the same old thing, because the old things that used to work are the ones that have survived.

It feels like every department is on its own and there is no way to take direction. That is why probable the CEO or the guy who did the presentation video was about to cry.

I like the new interface but in two clicks I know I am going to face the old applications with the same lack of user experience. There is where Macs run on top of them.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
falkon-engine Avatar
17 weeks ago
The title of this article needs to change. It suggests that Microsoft is working on an ARM build of Windows 11 that will work natively on the Mac… which is not what the text of the article conveys.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spanky Deluxe Avatar
17 weeks ago

The difference is Windows can run on some pretty old hardware. Apple, on the other hand, gives users of older Apple stuff the big middle finger and says "F you" after 5-6 years.
That's not really true. Any new OS release stops supporting older hardware - Windows 11 is stopping hardware support for a whole load of systems that are only 2-3 years old. Hell, at work, we have a couple of Surface Book 2 laptops that are I believe only a little over 2 years old and they do not support Windows 11. Apple's never released an OS that didn't support their own machines that recent.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
17 weeks ago

So they’re going to violate the windows 11 eula too?

the windows 10 one clearly states you can only install if the license was sold with the machine. Did win 11 change?
If you use an OEM copy, yes. There are different licenses than that.

(Also, the OEM limitations are legally void in various countries.)
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
17 weeks ago
I thought Microsoft is going to release Windows 11 for Mac and was like WHAT
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joshwenke Avatar
17 weeks ago
Of course they'll do "everything that's possible to make it happen". That is literally their business model.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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