The new public release of VMware Fusion 22H2 Tech Preview brings Windows 11 to Intel-based and Apple Silicon Macs. The update includes VMtools installation for Windows on Apple Silicon and Intel Macs, Windows 11 support with 2D GFX and networking, and much more.
Windows 11 is not natively supported on Apple Silicon Macs. In 2021, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 11 on Apple’s M1 Macs is not a supported scenario. And like Windows 10 for Arm, the latest version of Windows for Arm works on Apple Silicon Macs albeit via virtualization through software like Parallel Desktop.
New VMware Fusion includes Windows 11 support on Apple Silicon and Intel Macs with 2D GFX and networking and much more
Now, new Fusion adds support for Windows 11 virtual machines for Intel-based and Apple Silicon Macs with several new features and enhancements. Here are the complete release notes of the update:
- Windows 11 on Intel and Apple Silicon with 2D GFX and Networking
- VMtools installation for Windows 11 GOS on M1
- Improved Linux support on M1
- 3D Graphics HW Acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux VMs* (Requires Linux 5.19+ & Mesa 22.1.3+)
- Virtual TPM Device
- Fast Encryption
- Universal Binary
Vmware added that the new features can also be used with other VMs as well. More importantly, users must keep in mind that Fusion on Apple Silicon Macs is a “work in progress” currently and they should look out for the following limitations:
- Fusion will not support running VMs across different architectures. (I.e. no x86_64 VMs on M1 Macs).
- macOS virtual machines are out of scope for this release, but it’s something we’re looking into.
- Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 for arm64 are not currently booting (Ubuntu 20.04.4 builds from July 5 and onward) We are working to resolve this.
Mac users can easily download the free public update of Fusion 22H2 Tech Preview from customerconnect.vwmare.com. The company said it looks forward to users’ feedback to “iron out kinks and add new capabilities to Fusion” for all Macs.