Microsoft Will Support Windows 11 on Newer Macs Through Parallels

Feb 19, 2023
Updated • Feb 18, 2023
Microsoft, Windows 11 News

Microsoft Will Support Windows 11 on Newer Macs Through Parallels

Microsoft has been around for years and has evolved from one operating system to the next. I personally have used Microsoft from the Windows 7 version and have had the opportunity to see the system evolve and incorporate new things into bettering it. Microsoft Windows is a widely used computer operating system that was developed by Microsoft Corporation. We see it entering the operating system scene as early as 1985 and has since been developing and changing to what we see as the most recent version, which is Windows 11.

It’s designed to run on laptops,  personal computers,  tablets, and other devices through its graphical user interface, making it easy for users to interact with their devices. It’s also known to have one of the most friendly user designs with broad compatibility in hardware and software. It also includes extensive customization options and allows features such as file management, security, multitasking, and device connectivity easily. 

Considering its popularity, it will only make sense that Microsoft would want to incorporate some of these amazing features into the Mac system.  In the past, Microsoft had approved running Windows 11 on Macs that were ARM-based.  We see a change as the company recently allows using Parallels desktop 18 to run these ARM versions on M1- and M2-based Macs with the Enterprise version of  Windows 11 Pro. 

Since 2021 ARM Macs could run Windows 11  in Parallels very well. All you needed was to use an insider preview of the OS during that time when Mac wasn’t yet supported by Microsoft. Microsoft's recent approach will clear any licensing problems that were likely to arise by letting Parallels desktop 18 download and install Windows 11 with very little effort.

As we all know commonly, there are always limitations, and this is what I picked up. If you have 32-bit ARM apps you can't run them because 32-bit software is being depreciated by Microsoft for all Windows ARM builds. These devices won’t be able to work unless they have the Windows 11 ARM drivers. You can't use anything that relies on Android apps,  Windows Sandbox, and the Linux subsystem. 

According to The Verge, the changes in Microsoft's licensing aren’t clear.  It has licensed ARM versions to vendors up to now. Parallels have indicated that you could either buy through your employer's common purchasing process or as an individual Windows 11 pro license. 

Most Intel-based Macs that run on Apple's boot camp have great native Windows support, and these new transformations are likely not to satisfy these users. The compatibility and performance won't be similar to that of a PC built for Windows on ARM. Apparently, a must-run Windows productivity app might just be the solution. 


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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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