What's new in Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac

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Improved and Faster Graphics

Parallels Desktop 16 delivers up to 20% faster DirectX graphics and improved OpenGL 3 support for both Windows and Linux. Run more applications and games including DIALux evo 9, ProPresenter 6, Samson Connect and run your existing applications faster.

Optimized for Big Sur 11.0

Get world’s first 3D support for macOS Big Sur VMs – run Mac apps like Maps, Pages, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and many more in macOS VMs. On macOS Big Sur, Parallels Desktop 16 uses native macOS System Extensions over deprecated Kernel Extensions by default.

Enhanced Integration

New print options from the Windows application are now available including duplex printing and paper sizes ranging from A0 to envelope*. Confidently work on Mac files in Windows by engaging the “safe removal check” to ensure files in shared folders aren’t accidentally deleted. Work more efficiently with Mac admin password bypass when installing Parallels Desktop updates and utilize intelligent disk detection when operating virtual machines on external disks.

Linux and macOS VMs

Be more productive when working with Git repositories in Linux Shared Folders with up to 75% faster “git status” execution. And in one click, use and download the latest Linux distributives, including Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, Fedora 32 and Debian 10. Plus, Linux OpenGL improvements now let you run Steam. Achieve picture-perfect quality and performance using macOS Big Sur in a VM thanks to the first-in-the-world Metal graphics acceleration in a VM.


Experience significant performance improvements in Parallels Desktop 16, the fastest version of Parallels Desktop for Mac yet, with twice as fast startup as previous versions. Resume and quit Windows up to 20% faster as well.




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