VMware is close to release of M1 Fusion macOS desktop hypervisor

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Soon Mac users can run Windows 10 even on Apple Silicon.

Mac users won’t have to wait long for a new way to run Windows 10 on their M1-equipped devices. This is according to some hints from VMWare product product manager and VMFusion blogger Michael Roy. This week he tweeted that if all goes according to plan, his company will make an announcement about native support for Apple silicon next week.

Roy’s tweet came after Parallels added support for the M1 chip to version 16.5 of Parallels Desktop for Mac. That news meant that people who own M1 devices can now run Windows 10 on Arm.

The almost-announcement made via Twitter

Twitterati were taunting VMWare for not having their own M1 solution, and Roy responded.

“Come on, @VMwareFusion — where are you at?” asked one user. “I’d prefer to throw my money at the product I’ve been using for the past decade.”

He isn’t wrong. Microsoft doesn’t currently sell Windows 10 on Arm to the public. The company offers Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on its website.

“Progress update coming soon… Next week probably :)” Roy responded. They had not announced anything because “Legal has issues with us talking about future stuffs,” he said. “So we’ve been largely quiet about it, but we’re working through that.”

He also defended their delay by saying, “you can’t even BUY Windows for ARM, and folks using it who aren’t OEMs could be violating EULA… we’re not into doing that for the sake of a press release…”

Nonetheless, Roy appeared cautiously optimistic about the future. “I’ll be posting an update about our progress next week (which is coming along very nicely, performance is blowing our minds…), but we still have a ways to go.”

VMWare usually make big announcements about their Fusion products in the lead up to their VMWorld conference. That event is scheduled for October 5th, 2021. That seems like a long time to wait while VMware lets its competitor Parallels have the market to itself.