VMware Fusion in beta for Apple Silicon and Windows 11

VMware opens a public evaluation phase of its next version of Fusioncapable of exploiting Macs with M1/M2 processors and virtualizing Windows 11 on this platform as on Intel models.

The VMware Fusion 22H2 Tech Preview simultaneously adds compatibility with Apple Silicon processors that Fusion 12 lacks and Windows 11 support on ARM/Intel. To this end, VMware emulates the Trusted Platform Module required for the operation of Microsoft’s OS.

The publisher also includes a first version of its graphics drivers to make maximum use of Windows display settings, in 4K or even beyond. Linux distributions are also better supported, especially on their display methods.

This next version of Fusion will be offered as a Universal application to simplify its deployment, rather than an Intel version on one side and Apple Silicon on the other.

At this stage of its development, VMware warns of some temporary shortcomings. That for example not being able to virtualize macOS yet or bugs which prevent to start Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 for arm64. Another limitation is set in stone: it will be impossible to run on Apple Silicon Macs a virtual machine containing an OS compiled for an x86 architecture.

This test Fusion can be downloaded at this address and the discussion forum about it is here.

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