VMware has added Apple Silicon support to the latest version of its flagship line of desktop hypervisors.
The latest version of VMware Fusion 13 virtual desktop software is also receiving support for Windows 11, on both Apple and Intel hardware.
For context, VMware Fusion had allowed Intel-based Macs to run virtual machines running guest operating systems such as Linux or Windows since it was first released in 2007, but this is the first time that machines using Intel’s own processors Apple will be able to do it.
How does it work?
To achieve compatibility with Windows 11 system requirements while providing high-performance virtual machines, VMware said it “had to innovate.”
This apparently included the introduction of a new Trusted Virtual Platform Module (2.0) and a new encryption method to support that TPM.
In terms of graphics, VMware Fusion 13 software supports OpenGL 4.3 for Windows and Linux virtual machines running on Apple silicon.
On Intel silicon, users will be able to employ DirectX 11 graphics in their emulated machines.
Additionally, VMware says that it has introduced a new type of “fast” encryption in Fusion 13.
In this update, the encryption password will also be stored in the Mac Keychain so users don’t have to type it every time they start the virtual machine.
VMware says that the VM can now also automatically generate a password, or users can specify their own.
The upgrade comes after Apple announced its plan to slowly transition its Mac computers in 2020 from Intel processors, which it had used for more than a decade, to its own Apple-made silicon, based largely on licensed technology. from the UK firm ARM.
If you’re interested in seeing what the latest update has to offer, you can head here. (opens in a new tab)
You can still get a license for personal use for free, while VMware Fusion 13 Pro is available for $139.30 for business users.