The now-annual upgrades to Parallels Desktop fall squarely into the former camp. As a result, Parallels now supports Windows applications that rely on DirectX 11, while offering improved performance for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 as well. Parallels Apple Metal allows Windows games and applications like Autodesk 3ds Max to perform better than ever, thanks to DirectX 11 support.
Formerly incompatible 3D graphics software like Autodesk 3ds Max not only launches but runs surprisingly well considering how GPU-intensive it can be. Parallels is quick to note that DirectX 11 support relies heavily on the CPU and graphics in your Mac, so owners of newer hardware will benefit most.
The folks at Parallels have managed to eke out a little more performance for popular productivity software, too. Launching Microsoft Office apps in Windows now happens in the blink of an eye—in our tests, less than three seconds for Word and Excel.
Although public betas of Catalina mostly worked fine as a VM in PD14, an update to Parallels Desktop 15 arriving shortly after Cupertino pushes out the operating system in October will include further optimizations, plus additional support for new features like Sidecar, Sign in with Apple, and system extensions. PD15 now includes support for Bluetooth 4. That last one will be of particular interest to gamers, who can now enjoy their favorite Xbox games in a VM the way they were meant to be played.
I had no problem pairing an Xbox wireless controller and playing a variety of games streamed over wired gigabit connection from Xbox One S, which was fast and responsive even with the Very High quality setting. Parallels Game on: With support for Bluetooth 4. If you prefer to send emails using Outlook or Mail in Windows 10, this task is easier than before thanks to share menu support. You can drag and drop images into Windows directly from Mac applications like Photos and Safari, too. Goodbye, Windows XP!
Parallels also attempts to eliminate any remaining confusion when users switch to Coherence mode. When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details. Pros Support for DirectX 11, courtesy of Apple Metal Faster launch of Microsoft Office applications under Windows Share menu, image drag and drop, Coherence mode improvements Cons Host application launches a little slower than previous version External physical disk as internal disk support requires Pro version Many macOS Catalina improvements arriving in future update Related:
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