You can now run Windows 11 virtually on the latest Apple Mac devices (devices with Apple's own ARM-based M1, M2, or M3 chips) using a Microsoft-certified method.
The MacBook maker switched from Intel processors in its devices to its new Apple Silicon ARM processors in 2020. That change left Mac users who wanted to use Microsoft's Windows operating system (or Windows-only apps) in the cold. ..
For Mac devices with Intel processors, users can take advantage of Boot Camp, a multiboot utility program. This allows users to install and run Windows as their operating system (OS) of choice on their Mac, rather than the default macOS.
Boot Camp is not available to users with Apple silicon processor devices. Boot Camp is not compatible, so you must use other methods of running the Windows operating system, such as emulators or virtualization programs. There are many virtualization programs out there, but Microsoft has now released their thoughts on what they think are the best virtualization programs.
Microsoft has published a post on its support website that officially endorses two ways to enable users with Mac devices with M1, M2, or M3 chips to use Windows 11 on their machines: Windows 365 Cloud PC (a service provided by Microsoft itself) and Parallels.
Microsoft has approved Parallels desktop versions 18 and 19 to run ARM-specific versions of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Enterprise.
Users can do this by installing Parallels Desktop version 18 or version 19 and creating a virtual machine that resides within an existing OS (in this case, likely macOS). It explains that the ARM version of the Windows 11 OS has limitations that affect a user's ability to run certain hardware, games, and apps (sadly, a long-standing issue with Windows 11 on ARM devices). is). However, this workaround allows users to access most Windows 11 features, including hardware acceleration and many multimedia technologies.
Parallels limitations include the ability to take advantage of Windows nested virtualization features such as Windows Subsystem for Android, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Virtualization-Based Security (VBS), and Windows Sandbox (This allows users to run isolated apps without impacting or harming the user's main OS installation). Parallels Desktop for Mac also can't run 32-bit Windows ARM versions, as Microsoft ended support for 32-bit UWP apps for ARM last January.
Apple also ended support for 32-bit apps a while ago, but there are no known workarounds to get them to work on the latest macOS versions. If you'd like to try out some of the features listed, Neowin recommends using his other featured Microsoft service, Windows 365 Cloud PC (which runs in a web browser window, so it's much easier to set up) , I recommend buying a Windows laptop instead.
The standard version of Parallels Desktop 19 costs $99.99 per year, and the pro version normally costs $119.99 per year, but Amazon is currently offering a one-year subscription for $89.99, a 25% discount.
Microsoft's in-house solution, Windows 365 Cloud PC, allows Mac silicon chip users to stream a fully customized version of Windows 11. Microsoft describes it as a “Software-as-a-Service solution for organizations of all sizes,” so it's not intended for individual users (yet).
It offers many features not found in Parallels, including nested virtualization for testing and emulator support inside a virtual Windows 11 OS. Perhaps Microsoft could announce a separate model similar to the commercial version, as it recently did with the premium version of its new flagship digital assistant, Copilot Pro.
Of course, Microsoft wants Windows 11 to run on Windows 11-only PCs (it even mentions this in the first line of its support post). But many users like to experiment and customize their computing experience, and Microsoft's willingness to accommodate that with its products has created a positive impression among users and professionals alike. think.
Some Mac and MacBook users may balk at the idea of running Windows on their devices, but it's useful for those who want to test Windows 11 programs or applications that don't currently natively support the Mac. For those who want to use it, that's a good thing, as it has some useful benefits. I hope Microsoft recognizes this and provides support and advice, even if it means gritting your teeth.