Although Apple has always offered support for Windows on Intel Macs, new machines with an ARM-based M1 chip can only run macOS originally. The reason may be related to a special agreement between Microsoft and Qualcomm that is finally coming to an end – which means that Windows could finally be originally available for M1 Mac users.
How it transmits XDA, Qualcomm has a special agreement with Microsoft to ensure that the company ‘s ARM chips are the only ones that have native support for Windows. According to sources familiar with the matter, this agreement will expire soon, which means that Microsoft will finally be able to license Windows to other ARM chip manufacturers.
Although it is not known yet when exactly this agreement will be completed, the report states that it is expected to be completed very soon. The exclusivity with Qualcomm stemmed from the fact that the semiconductor manufacturing company helped Microsoft develop Windows ARM. Now other companies like MediaTek are already planning to make ARM chips that can run Windows
Windows on ARM was first announced by Microsoft and Qualcomm back in 2016. That was a big deal, because the big thing that set it apart from the failed Windows RT was that it would be able to emulate x86 applications. The devices were announced a year later and began shipping shortly thereafter. Since then, Microsoft has added x64 emulation with Windows 11, along with ARM64EC, making it easier to run applications natively with emulated add-ons.
The good news for Mac users is that with the end of the contract with Microsoft and Qualcomm, Apple could also license support for Windows 11 for the M1 chip family. Currently, the only way to run Windows on M1 Macs is to use a virtual machine, as these machines do not have a Boot Camp. Running the system natively would allow for even better performance, which would be great for playing games.
If you want to install Windows on your M1 Mac, be sure to check it out 9to5Mac’s a guide on how to virtualize the Microsoft operating system using Parallels Desktop.
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