A developer successfully used the ARM version of Windows 10 in a virtual machine installed on a Mac with an Apple M1 processor.
Even if Apple had hinted that it would be possible, it remains a hack for now. However, running Windows ARM on a Mac equipped with an Apple Silicon processor seems very possible. A developer, Alexander Graff, managed to get a preview of Windows ARM to work in a modified version of QEMU, a virtualization application installed on a Mac with an M1 chip.
– Alexander Graf (@_AlexGraf) November 26, 2020
If everything is obviously not stable, the experiment works and Windows ARM can even run x86 applications for the Microsoft operating system. However, it would seem, according to the developer’s explanations, that the execution of these programs is not as efficient as that of the macOS applications for Intel processors which run thanks to Rosetta 2.
It does not remain now to wait to see if Microsoft will offer a sustainable solution to virtualize Windows on the new Macs, the purchase of Windows ARM licenses is not officially possible for the moment. The other solution is to keep a close eye on solutions like Parallels, which will soon offer a beta of its virtualization tool for Mac Apple Silicon.