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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Regarding Macs with Apple's proprietary M1 chip, the company's executives have reportedly admitted that it is technically possible to run Arm's version of Windows 10 on these Macs and said that it is "up to Microsoft" to make it happen.

The new M1-powered Macs have a different architecture than previous Intel chips, which is believed to have made BootCamp (the ability to install Intel's version of Windows 10 on a Mac and switch between macOS and Windows at startup) impossible.

The likely replacement is the installation of Arm's version of Windows 10, which is targeted at the same CPU architecture as the M1. However, at the time of writing, Microsoft only licenses the OS to PC manufacturers for pre-installation and does not provide a product or license for individuals to install it freely. Microsoft only said in June that it only licenses it to OEMs, and did not say whether it would or would not offer it to individuals in the future.

The new statements were made by Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, Greg Joswiak, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, and Johny Srouji, senior vice president of Hardware Technologies (Head of Chip Development) in an interview by Ars Technica. Most of the topics are covered in other media as well, but the topic of "Windows binaries on M1 Macs" is a novelty.

Federighi said that "it's really up to MS" about Windows (i.e. Windows 10 for Arm) running natively on the machine. "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," he continued.

Federighi also pointed to Windows in the cloud as a possible solution and mentioned CrossOver, which allows you to run x86 Windows apps on an M1-powered Mac.

Speaking of "virtual Windows on M1-based Macs," Parallels has also made it clear that it is keen on the subject. It's not surprising that the virtualization software company is keen on this, as it's a matter of life and death for them, but perhaps Apple is also focusing on the need for Windows apps on the Mac.

Source: Ars Technica


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.