VMware Fusion in Beta for Windows 11 on Apple Silicon Mac

VMware is offering a beta version of Fusion that adds support for Apple Silicon Macs, specifically models with M1 and M2 chips. As such, it becomes a competitor to Parallels Desktop, which has been supporting Apple Silicon Mac since early 2021.

Here’s what’s new in VMware Fusion 22H2 Tech Preview:

  • Windows 11 on Apple Silicon and Intel Mac computers with 2D graphics and networking.
  • Support for installing VMTools for Windows 11 guest operating system on Mac computers based on the M1 chip.
  • TPM virtual appliance with fast encryption support.
  • Improved Linux support on M1 Macs.
  • Hardware accelerated 3D graphics and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux virtual machines.
  • Universal application for Apple Silicon and Intel Mac.

While the new version is for Windows 11, VMware says the tools can be used with other virtual machines as well. Currently Fusion on Apple Silicon devices is still under development according to VMmare and there are a few limitations to be aware of:

  • Fusion does not support running virtual machines on different architectures. For example, there is no x86_64 virtual machine on Macs M1/M2.
  • macOS virtual machines are out of scope for this release, but the group is looking into it.
  • Ubuntu 20.04.4 and 22.04 for arm64 are currently not running (Ubuntu 20.04.4 dated July 5th). A fix is ​​planned.

A trial version of VMmare is available for free at this address.

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