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M1 Macs can now run Windows 10 on Arm thanks to Parallels 16.5

By Kenny Yeo - on 15 Apr 2021, 9:16am

M1 Macs can now run Windows 10 on Arm thanks to Parallels 16.5

(Image source: Parallels)Parallels has just updated its popular Desktop virtualisation software to 16.5 and the update offers full support for M1 Macs.

Crucially, this means M1 Macs with Parallels Desktop 16.5 will be able to run Windows 10 Arm Insider Preview. It's a preview version because Microsoft doesn't offer a retail version of Windows 10 Arm yet.

Also, it's not quite the full Windows experience but that's on a limitation on Microsoft's side. Fortunately, Microsoft did say that they are working on x64 app emulation support for Windows 10 Arm.

As for performance, Parallels claims that an M1 Mac is up to 30% faster than a 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i9 processor, 32GB of memory, and Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics. Even though Parallels didn't specify which M1 Mac, that's impressive.

Readers who have already purchased Parallels Desktop 16 can upgrade for free. A new license is US$79.99 (~S$106.86) per year, a perpetual license is US$99.99 (~S$133.58).

Source: Parallels

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