VMware announced this week that its latest update to VMware Fusion brings Windows 11 support for Intel and Apple silicon Macs. Available as a free technology preview, version 2H22 of Fusion will finally allow users of Apple’s silicon Macs to download and use Windows on their machines through virtualization.

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

  • Windows 11 on Intel and Apple Silicon with 2D GFX and networking
  • Installing VMtools for Windows 11 GOS on M1
  • Improved Linux support on ‌M1‌
  • HW acceleration of 3D graphics and OpenGL 4.3 on Linux virtual machines* (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 virtual machines as well. At this time, Fusion on Apple silicon devices is “still a work in progress” and there are some limitations to be aware of.

  • Fusion will not support running virtual machines on different architectures. (That is, there are no x86_64 virtual machines on Mac ‌M1‌.)
  • 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 is compiled from July 5th onwards) We are working on resolving this.

VMware says it’s seeking user feedback to fix issues and add new capabilities in preparation for more formal support later this year. During the trial period, VMware Fusion will be free to use. The VMware Fusion Technical Preview can be downloaded from the VMware website.

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