Parallels working to bring Windows 11 to Mac

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Virtualization specialist Parallels on Thursday confirmed plans to bring the recently released Windows 11 to Mac, though it is unclear when compatibility with the new Microsoft operating system will land.

Parallels failed to provide an estimated launch timeframe in a statement to iMore, saying only that it "will surely do everything that's possible to make it happen."

"Since Windows 11 has just been announced recently, the Parallels Engineering team is waiting for the official Windows 11 Insider Preview build to start studying changes introduced in the new OS to deliver full compatibility in future Parallels Desktop updates," said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels' SVP of engineering and support.

Windows 11 debuted last week with a fresh user interface, new multitasking options, Android app support, Microsoft Teams integration, and more.

Parallels most recently updated its Parallels Desktop virtualization software in April with support for Apple's M1 chip. The suite is optimized for macOS Big Sur, though Parallels is already developing tweaks for the upcoming macOS Monterey.

For now, users can turn to Apple's Boot Camp to run both native and virtualized instances of Windows on Intel Macs. That will change once Apple transitions its laptop and desktop lines to Apple Silicon, leaving third-party virtualization solutions as the only option in the near term.

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