The virtualization company VMware has no plans to support x86 virtual machines on M1 Macs and is distancing itself from Windows on ARM VMs on Apple Silicon until Microsoft clarifies its license terms.
The company updated users in a blog post this week, adding that it plans to provide a public technical preview of VMware Fusion for Apple Silicon “before the end of this year.”
VMware explains its stance on x86 VMs as follows: “To be a bit blunt, we don’t plan on running x86 operating systems on Apple silicon to accomplish this with this project. Installing Windows or Linux from an x86 For example, ISO will not do this. ” Job.”
Microsoft offers an ARM version of Windows. It can currently only be installed as a Tech Preview in Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.
While rival Parallels has updated its VM app with Windows support for M1 Macs, VMware states that Windows on ARM has some gray areas for licensing that cannot be easily removed without clarification.