vmwarethe well-known virtualization solutions company, has announced that it is already possible to run Windows 11 on Mac computers with Intel and ARM processors through its application aimed at the computers of the bitten apple: Fusion.
In other words, the latest release of VMware Fusion 22H2, still in preview, can now officially run Windows 11 on Mac computers, either on Intel or Apple Silicon architecture. This support has arrived thanks to the fact that some necessary features have been introduced in the virtualization solution to put the latest Microsoft system into operation, being able to highlight here the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support and the addition of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver for 2D graphics.
The other great novelty of VMware Fusion 22H2 for macOS is the provision of a single binary for Intel and Apple Silicon, which eliminates the need for the user to check which processor architecture they are using in order to download the corresponding installer. The company explains on its official blog that “organizations deploying Fusion en masse can use the same asset for existing and new Macs under management.”
support to run Linux in virtual machines has also been improved by having added hardware 3D graphics acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 support, although to take advantage of this requires at least version 5.19 of the kernel, which is in the last stages of its development, and Mesa 22.1.3 or later. Of course, from VMware they warn that versions 20.04.04 and 22.04 of Ubuntu do not start, so they are currently working to resolve the problems found.
As the latest important developments in VMware Fusion 22H2 for macOS are the fast encryption mode, which is responsible for encrypting “the most critical parts of the virtual machine’s local storage space” in order to improve performance while “providing a secure enclave for confidential data”, in addition to the automatic generation and storage of the encryption key.
Windows 11 has been criticized for its excessive requirements, not so much in terms of power as features included on the motherboard. Moves like that have officially shut out teams that have plenty of power to run it and are proving to be a roadblock for some virtualization solutions, although VMware Fusion is currently behind Parallels on the Mac spectrum.