VMware has announced the official launch of Fusion 13, a major update to its virtualization software that brings native support for Apple Silicon. This marks the first version of VMware Fusion to offer Apple Silicon support in its final form, with the company previously testing the feature in beta.
This update lets Apple Silicon users and Intel-based Macs run operating systems like Windows 11 in a virtual machine, letting you use the Windows 11 experience alongside macOS. For Apple Silicon processors, Mac users will need to be running an ARM version of Windows 11. Like macOS, Widows 11 also provides emulation features for running Intel versions of apps:
At Apple Silicon, we’ve introduced the first round of features for Windows 11 on Arm. In this release, VMware Tools provides virtualized graphics and networking, and there’s still more to come. With signed and certified drivers, Windows 11 looks great, set the resolution to 4K and beyond!
However, for users who want to run more traditional Win32 and x64 apps, Windows 11 on Arm has built-in emulation to run those apps bundled for Intel/AMD, and as a user-level process, our testing has shown us this works. Out of the box’.
In terms of graphics performance, VMware touts some impressive numbers:
For graphics, Fusion 13 sports OpenGL 4.3 in Windows and Linux VMs on Intel and in Linux VMs on Apple Silicon.
At Intel, Windows continues to enjoy DirectX 11 graphics, and Fusion continues to support eGPU hardware for incredible performance with some of the fastest GPUs available.
On Apple Silicon, Fusion can serve OpenGL 4.3 with fast 3D hardware acceleration to arm-based Linux virtual machines with Linux kernel 5.19 or later.
To install, VMware’s Fusion 13 is a single binary in one DMG, which means it’s easy to install on any Mac whether it has an Apple Silicon or Intel chip.
You can find VMware’s full announcement on their blog. The app is also available with a free trial on the VMware website.
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