Running Windows natively on M1 Macs


Arstechnica just posted an interview with Apple senior executives Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, & Greg Joswiak to talk about Apple’s M1 SoC. Here’s an interesting tidbit from Craig Federighi mentioning running Windows natively on M1 Macs;

As for Windows running natively on the machine, “that’s really up to Microsoft,” he said. “We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn of course supports x86 user mode applications. But that’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But the Macs are certainly very capable of it.”

“Federighi pointed to Windows in the cloud as a possible solution and mentioned CrossOver, which is capable of “running both 32- and 64-bit x86 Windows binaries under a sort of WINE-like emulation layer on these systems.” But CrossOver’s emulation approach is not as consistent as what we’ve enjoyed in virtualization software like Parallels or VMWare on Intel Macs, so there may still be hills to climb ahead.”

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