VMware Fusion Tech Preview brings Windows 11 to Apple Silicon Macs

VMware announced this week That its latest VMware Fusion update brings Windows 11 support to both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. Available as a free Technology Preview, the 2H22 version of Fusion will eventually allow Apple Silicon Mac users to download and use Windows on their machines via virtualization.

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Features include Windows 11 support with 2D GFX and networking, VMtools installation for Windows on Apple Silicon machines, improved Linux support on Apple Silicon machines, and more.

  • Windows 11 on Intel and Apple Silicone With 2D GFX and Networking
  • VMtools installation for Windows 11 GOS is on M1
  • m1. But better Linux support
  • Linux VMs have 3D graphics HW acceleration and OpenGL 4.3* (requires Linux 5.19+ and Mesa 22.1.3+)
  • Virtual TPM Device
  • Fast Encryption
  • Universal Binary

While the new functionality was designed with Windows 11 in mind, VMware says the tools can be used with other VMs as well. At the present time, Fusion is “still a work in progress” on Apple silicon devices and there are some limitations to be aware of.

  • Fusion will not support running VMs in different architectures. (ie no x86_64 VMs on ‌M1 Mac”).
  • macOS virtual machines are out of scope for this release, but it’s something we’re looking at.
  • Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 for arm64 are currently not booting (Ubuntu 20.04.4 builds from July 5th and onwards) We are working to resolve this.

VMware says it is looking for feedback from users to address the kinks and add new capabilities in preparation for more formal support later this year. During the trial period, VMware Fusion will be free to use. VMware Fusion Tech Preview Might Downloaded from VMware website,

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