Federighi Says Native Windows on M1 Macs Depends on Microsoft

Federighi

Craig Federighi has assured in an interview that running Windows natively on a Mac with M1 only depends on Microsoft. It has screwed us up. Apple would not be bad at all if Microsoft adapted its Windows ARM to the M1 processor. It would be an added value to the Apple Silicon. One more.

Because not a few Mac users use the function for some reason or another Boot Camp and they run Windows in parallel with macOS on their computers. Especially in those who telecommute, and your company's software is only compatible with Microsoft.

When a new movie is released in Hollywwod, the actors and the director often walk through the media giving interviews to the pig. Now something similar is happening with the heads of Cupertino, after the premiere of Apple Silicon. Ars Technica just published another interview with Chief Software Engineering Craig Federighi, Hardware Technologies Leader Johny Srouji, and Vice President of Marketing Greg Joswiak.

Win win

Boot Camp

Neither Apple nor Microsoft have ever opposed Boot Camp. Win-win, they would say.

Much of the interview has talked about what we all know about the new features of Macs Apple silicon, but there is an interesting detail from Federighi about Microsoft and Windows on the Mac M1. Currently, the Mac M1 are not compatible with Windows and there is no Boot Camp function as there is in the Intel Macs, and the fact is that a support for Windows is a feature that many would like to see in their new Apple Silicon Macs.

Federighi has commented in said interview that Windows on M1 Macs it only depends on Microsoft. Major technologies exist and Macs are capable of it, but Microsoft has to decide whether to license its ARM-based version of Windows to Mac users.

As for Windows being able to run natively on the M1, “it really depends on Microsoft", said. He added: “We have the technologies 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 that Microsoft has to make, to license that technology so that users can use it on these Macs. But Macs are certainly very capable of it. "

He concluded this topic by saying that Windows in the cloud could be a possible solution in the future, and highlighted CrossOver, which is capable of running Windows x86 applications on M1 Macs using Rosetta 2. I'm sure Apple and Microsoft will agree. Microsoft has gone a long way in having its Office native to M1 ready, so you will want to sell a few thousand licenses of a Windows ARM compatible with Apple's new processor. If not, at the time.


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  1.   Javier said

    It screwed us up! That is the question. Finally and in the face of uncertainty, I have decided to return my new Mac with M1 because I would not know if I could run Windows on it. Yes ... we know that parallels is testing, but the issue of licensing is there.
    In short, if the waters go to the channel that the users do better, well… but… wait!

    1.    Tony Cortes said

      Oysters, you must need a lot of Windows to return the Mac and not wait for a solution. I hope it comes out soon and that you can order it again.