VMware Fusion now supports Windows 11 on Apple Silicon

VMware Fusion

Major milestone, this. VMware has released Fusion 22H2 Tech Preview for Mac users, and it brings the long-awaited Windows 11 support to the free virtualization software.

This means Mac users that are running either Apple Silicon or Intel processors can run Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system side by side with macOS. Since this is technically a beta, support is still a bit shaky, but it’s getting there.

VMware, of course, is not the only game in town — Parallels Desktop already allows you to run Windows 11 on your Mac like breeze.

The virtualization firm announced this release in a blog post, confirming that Mac user that run this early version can create virtual machines that comply with the hardware requirements Microsoft has in place for Windows 11.

Strict hardware requirements, mind you.

Fusion now supports Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0 with Fast Encryption, providing users with improved performance and a secure enclave for sensitive data. Users also have the option to fully encrypt a VM, if they so desire.

In addition to TPM 2.0 support, VMware Fusion 22H2 also brings along a WDDM driver for 2D graphics letting users to operate their Windows virtual machines at high screen resolutions.

Networking support is also included.

There are other improvements in this release as well, including those pertaining to Linux users. You have improved Linux support on M1 based Macs, as well as 3D graphics hardware acceleration and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux in virtual machines.

You can download VMware Fusion 22H2 below, as a public beta.

Just be in the know that since this technical preview is not the final version, you may encounter occasional bugs here and there while using it on your machine.

Download: VMware Fusion Public Tech Preview 22H2