Latest VMWare Fusion tech preview brings Windows 11 to Apple Silicon Macs


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VMWare has announced that its upcoming update to VMWare Fusion will bring Windows 11 support to both Intel-based and Apple Silicon machines.

Although ARM versions of Windows itself aren’t available on Macs with M1 or M2 chips, users will be able to download and use Windows 11 on Apple Silicon Macs using the VMWare Fusion virtualization software.

The latest update to VMWare Fusion is now available to test out as a free technology preview on the company’s website.

VMWare says that it’s looking for user feedback as it “irons out kinks” and prepares for more formal support later in 2022.

“It’s here,” the company wrote. “While it is a little early, and things on Apple silicon don’t always behave like we’re used to on Intel, we’re thrilled to be able to share the work we’ve been doing to prepare support for Windows 11 virtual machines on Fusion, for both Intel and Apple silicon Macs.”

Along with Windows 11 support on Apple Silicon machines, the new tech preview also includes VMtools installation for Windows 11 on M1, improved Linux support on M1, 3D Graphics HW Acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux VMs, and more.

The company does note, however, that VMWare Fusion is still a work in progress on Apple Silicon Macs, and there are some limitations to the support. Fusion won’t support VMs running across different architectures, for example. Also, users can’t currently create macOS-based virtual machines, though VMWare is looking into that for the future.

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