Vmware Fusion brings Windows 11 to Apple Silicon Macs

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VMware has been a popular virtualization application for years, and the Mac version is useful for running Windows software on Apple computers. VMWare is still testing support for the new Apple (Apple Silicon) M1 or M2 chipsets, and now supports Windows 11.

VMware released a technical preview for the Mac version of Fusion on Thursday, which works similarly to Parallels Desktop. This is the first version of VMware that can run Windows 11 without modifications or workarounds, on both Intel and Silicon-based Macs, thanks to a new virtual TPM module. VMware now also offers the first graphics drivers for Windows on ARM, so 4K and higher resolutions should work; however, don’t expect to play demanding games.

VMware is also improving Linux support on Apple Silicon Macs. The company said in a blog post, “Working with the various operating system communities and open source projects like Mesa, Linux, as well as our own open virtual machine tools, we’ve made many improvements to Linux. Apple’s silicon experience. As long as you have an up-to-date Linux distribution, it should work fine on VMware.

Windows 11 Image on VMware
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The preview version still has the same core limitation as Parallels on Mac: it can’t boot an operating system designed for a different CPU architecture. That means you’re limited to ARM Windows and ARM Linux on Macs with Apple Silicon chips, while older Intel Macs have more options for operating systems. VMware also doesn’t support macOS virtual machines yet, and newer versions of Ubuntu Linux are broken.

If you need to reliably run Windows software on a modern Mac, Parallels is probably still the best option, as it’s a fully supported commercial product (unlike VMware Preview). The free UTM app can also virtualize Windows on Macs with fewer features, and CodeWeavers CrossOver runs Windows software through a compatibility layer.

Source: VMware Blog