VMware Fusion 13 now available with support for running Windows 11 on Apple Silicon

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VMware has announced the official launch of Fusion 13, a big update to its virtualization software that offers native support for Apple Silicon. This is the first release of VMware Fusion that offers support for Apple Silicon in its final form, with the company having already tested the feature in beta.

This update allows Apple Silicon and Intel-powered Mac users to 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 run the ARM version of Windows 11. Like macOS, Windows 11 also offers emulation features to run Intel versions of apps:

At Apple Silicon, we introduced our first set of features for Windows 11 on Arm. In this release, VMware Tools provides virtual graphics and networking, and more are yet to come. With certified and signed drivers, Windows 11 looks fantastic and scale 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 compiled for Intel/AMD, and as a user-level process, our tests have shown us that it works. out of the box’.

In terms of graphics performance, VMware boasts 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.

On Intel, Windows continues to take advantage of DirectX 11 graphics and Fusion continues to support eGPU devices for incredible performance using some of the fastest GPUs available.

On Apple Silicon, Fusion can deliver OpenGL 4.3 with super-fast 3D hardware acceleration to ARM-based Linux virtual machines with Linux kernel 5.19 or higher.

For installation, VMware’s Fusion 13 is a single binary in a 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 its blog. The app is also available with a free trial on the VMware website.

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