What you need to know

  • Microsoft now has a support page for how to officially run Windows 11 on macOS through Parallels Desktop (or Windows 365).
  • Parallels Desktop gained support for Apple’s M3 chips late last year, but there is now an official support page about it from Microsoft.
  • Parallels Desktop has some limits on M-series processors, including not being able to use Windows Subsystem for Android or Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  • Parallels Desktop 19 costs $99.99 per year and requires a valid Windows license.

Apple launched its new M3 processors in November of last year. Now, just a couple of months later, there’s an official support document about how to run Windows 11 on MacBooks and other Macs with M3-series chips. Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise can now be installed within a virtual machine on M3 Macs through Parallels Desktop. Specifically, Parallels Desktop 18 and 19 can work with M-series processors.

Support for M3 chips actually became available in November 2023 when the processors launched, but there’s now a Microsoft support document about it.


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