VMware Fusion is a popular virtualization app, and on Mac, it has been one of the best ways to run Windows and Linux applications. It took a while, but VMware is now updated for Apple’s new generation of ARM-powered Mac computers.
Following the release of a free Tech Preview back in July, VMware 13 Pro and Player are now officially available — the first major update since 2020. The new version supports older Intel-based Macs, and for the first time, Mac computers with M1 and M2 chips. No matter which Mac you have, VMware 13 Pro adds a Virtual Trusted Platform Module, allowing Windows 11 to be installed without any hacks or workarounds.
Just like with Parallels Desktop, the M1/M2 version is limited to running operating systems with native ARM support, including Windows 11 (which in turn can emulate most x86 Windows apps) and some Linux distributions. There are a few other differences — drag and drop files is still limited to Intel Macs, and DirectX 11 graphics is still only supported on Intel. With M1/M2 Macs, VMware only…
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