Microsoft finally brings Windows 11 to Apple M1 and M2 Macs

According to a post about the update on the support page of Microsoft, Windows 11 has been officially authorized by Microsoft to be used on Mac with the Arm M1 and M2 chips provided by Apple.

There are certain requirements that are distinct from the architecture of other chipsets. Other popular chips, like x86 chips which are made by Intel and AMD, have different features than these processors. Arm has customized the M1 and M2 chips for Apple separately. Since 2020, people have been capable of using Windows 10 on Arms. However, it wasn’t legal or licensed for the devices which were not under the surface line or some certain OEMs. Some of the popular emulators, like the Boot Camp, were functional previously also but were not licensed officially on Arm. But now, the scenario has changed, and Windows 11 can now be streamed on Apple Mac computers, which have the M-series processors by the use of a cloud PC and the service of Windows 365. Having a subscription to the Windows 364 allows nested virtualization for testing, the running of emulators, etc. It also ensures complete application compatibility and many other things.

However, there are some limitations to what can run on the Arm. The systems which have the requirement of another additional layer of virtualization would not fit nicely in this process. This is because it doesn’t support the following points:

  • Windows subsystem for Android system
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is required to run a Linux environment
  • Windows sandbox, which is used for testing the applications in isolation
  • Virtualization based security
  • The games and the multimedia apps using the DirectX 12 suite

To be general, users who want to run Windows 11 on a PC that is Arm-based should look to use 64-bit Arm apps or apps in x64 or x86 emulation. The requirement is a result of the process of depreciation of 32-bit Arm apps in the Arm version of Windows.

According to Alludo, the company which makes Parallel, the IT administrators are now able to make their users run Windows 11 on Arm on the Parallel platforms. Alludo has also confirmed that Microsoft has authorized this. The use of Windows 11 on the Parallel platform has been enabled because of the Parallels Desktop version 18, which is an authorized partner of Windows which helps for running the Windows 11 pro and Windows 11 Enterprise in a virtual environment. The desktop version 18 used the Arm versions for running them on the computers that have the M1 or M2 chips of Apple.