Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac updates summary

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    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.1.0 (53311)
    This update for Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.1.0 (53311) addresses overall stability and security issues and includes the following fixes and improvements:

    macOS Ventura 13
    • Fixed an issue with VM activity indicators being incorrectly positioned.
    • Fixed an issue with the Windows start menu not opening correctly in Coherence mode with Stage Manager enabled.
    • Fixed an issue when moving a Windows application window brings the underlying window to the front when in Coherence view mode with Stage Manager enabled.
    • Fixed an issue with VM crashing if the 'Share Bluetooth devices with Windows' option is enabled.
    Windows 11
    • Fixed an issue with Windows Update KB5012170 failing to install in certain situations.
    • Fixed an issue with Windows 11 express installation failing if the Mac user name contains international symbols.
    • Fixed an issue where external volumes couldn't be ejected from macOS while Windows is running.
    • Fixed multiple graphics and stability issues with various 3D applications and games, including but not limited to World of Warships, Eve Online, Optuma, ANSYS Workbench 2021, Micromine, NS-1, BobCad-Cam, ACCA Edificius.
    Linux
    • Added support for CentOS Linux 9 Stream (ARM) on Mac computers with Apple M-series chips.
    • Fixed Parallels Tools installation issue in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.
    • Fixed an issue with Fedora 36 having an incorrect time zone.
    Other
    • Fixed an issue with the Parallels Desktop menu bar icon leaving a blank space if disabled in preferences.
    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition only
    • On macOS Ventura 13, assign up to 128GB of RAM to a virtual machine on a Mac Studio computer with Apple M1 Ultra chip.
    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition only
    • Added support for migrating Business users to a new per-user license (SSO/SAML).
    Deprecation of legacy Windows OS support

    As Microsoft stopped supporting driver signing for legacy Windows OS versions, it is not possible for us anymore to support Windows OS versions 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1. Moreover, these Windows versions no longer receive maintenance or security updates.
    For these reasons, this product update includes the final version of Parallels Tools for legacy Windows OS versions. Parallels Tools enable a smooth experience with Windows on a Mac, and include:
    • Automatic Windows installation
    • Coherence view mode
    • Graphic and gaming acceleration
    • Sharing and integration features.
    While legacy Windows OS versions will continue to work in future Parallels Desktop updates with the current Parallels Tools version for as long as possible, they will no longer receive any updates or fixes. Parallels recommends switching to Windows 11 for a secure and smooth Windows experience on a Mac in the long term.

    For more information about legacy Windows versions support, please visit KB 129252.

    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.3 (53079)
    This update for Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.3 (53079) addresses overall stability and performance issues.

    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.2 (53077)

    This update for Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.2 (53077) addresses overall stability and security issues and includes the following fixes and improvements:
    • Fixed an issue where Windows update KB5012170 can't be installed (Secure Boot DBX update)
    • Fixed various graphics issues with Windows desktop and application
    • Fixed an issue with Microsoft Teams camera video freeze
    • Fixed an issue with black screen in Vista virtual machines

    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.1 (53056)

    This update for Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.1 (53056) addresses overall stability and performance issues.

    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac 18.0.0 (53049)
    Ready for macOS Ventura 13


    As a main operating system:
    • Parallels Desktop 18 fully supports macOS Ventura 13, so you can upgrade your Mac computers (Apple M series chips or Intel processors) when the new operating system is available.
    • On Mac computers with Apple M series chips, added the ability to boot macOS Ventura VM to Recovery Mode and disable System Integrity Protection.
    As a virtual machine:
    • Run macOS Ventura 13 in a virtual machine.
    Graphics

    For Apple M series chip Mac computers:
    • On Mac computers with a ProMotion display, Windows will now adopt display refresh rate changes automatically if it has been changed in macOS.
    • Improved default resolution in macOS virtual machines.
    Usability

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • Parallels Tools update will be installed upon Windows restart to prevent unwanted interruptions.
    • Safari will now use Parallels account credentials previously created in Parallels Desktop.
    • Editing Parallels Desktop network preferences is now much easier and protected from both human errors and conflicts with the macOS network.
    • Redesigned virtual machine Sharing options for better usability.
    For Intel-based Mac computers:
    • Download and install Windows 11 via the in-product offer.
    • When using the Parallels hypervisor, Parallels Desktop now displays a notification informing you about system memory issues if they occur.
    Compatibility

    For Apple M series chip Mac computers:
    • Parallels Tools driver responsible for Shared Folders functionality has been re-built to ARM architecture to provide better compatibility with Intel applications in Windows running on Apple M series Mac.
    • On Mac computers with a ProMotion display, the macOS menu bar remains visible for virtual machines in full-screen mode when configured accordingly.
    Devices

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • A new virtual controller device is automatically created in Windows when a Bluetooth controller is connected to the Mac, allowing users to play Windows games with Xbox, DualSense, and other game controllers.
    • The Virtio network driver used in Windows and Linux by default now supports jumbo Ethernet frames.
    • Improved USB 3.0 support: Works with live data streaming devices (webcams, game capture devices, and a range of other video and audio streaming devices, including Elgato HD60 S, SOCT Copernicus REVO, and more).
    • Improved mouse precision in Windows when the mouse is in gaming mode.
    For Apple M series chip Mac computers:
    • Added the ability to use network boot with Linux ARM virtual machines.
    Design

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • Updated the Parallels Desktop menu bar icon design.
    • Virtual machine and Shared Applications icons in the Dock don't have the Parallels logo anymore. To distinguish Windows apps from macOS apps, tag the virtual machine with color in Finder or via the Control Center context menu.
    • New navigation, search functionality, and feedback forms have been introduced to Parallels online documentation.
    Other

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • Downloadable Linux virtual machines have been updated with the latest OS versions (also known as virtual appliances or free systems).
    For Apple M series chip Mac computers:
    • Added the ability to select Windows 11 edition before installing via the in-product offer.
    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Pro Edition only

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • Parallels plug-in for Visual Studio has been updated with functionality that allows C++ developers to profile their applications in separate virtual machines.
    For Apple M series chip Mac computers:
    • On Mac Studio with Apple M1 Ultra chip, assign up to 62 GB RAM and up to 18 CPU cores to Windows and get up to 96% faster Windows 11 on your Mac.*
    • Added the ability to add/remove, start/stop, and clone macOS virtual machines using Parallels Desktop CLI tools.
    • Added the Network Conditioner feature for configuring various network conditions in the virtual machine.
    • Added the option in Parallels Desktop Network preferences to connect or isolate macOS from virtual networks.

    Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac Business Edition only

    For all supported Mac computers:
    • Added SSO/SAML support that allows employees to activate Parallels Desktop with their corporate account.
    • Added support for Windows 11 mass deployment and provisioning.
    • Added the ability to manage Parallels Customer Experience Program participation centrally in Parallels My Account.
    What was Deprecated or Removed from Parallels Desktop 18

    According to the statistics from the users who participate in the Parallels Customer Experience program, some product features are used very seldom or not at all. We have decided to either stop supporting them or completely remove them from Parallels Desktop and focus on frequently used features and further enhancements.
    Please see below which features were removed and which were deprecated. If a feature is removed, it is no longer available in Parallels Desktop 18. Deprecated features will continue to work, but are no longer supported and will be removed in the next product version.
    All the features mentioned below are not business-critical, so these changes will have little to no impact on your work.

    Removed features:
    • Support for End-of-Life Linux distributions.
    * Performance measurements conducted by Parallels by collecting the PassMark9 score in Windows 11 (22000) in macOS 12 on Mac13,2. Measured with a pre-release version of Parallels Desktop 18 versus the released version of Parallels Desktop 17. The performance will vary based on usage, system configuration, and other factors.
     
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