We’ve been using the M1 for some time, to which we later added the M1 Pro and M1 Max, and Microsoft’s operating system users are still waiting for Boot Camp. New information has been discovered in this regard. Information that suggests that sooner or later the possibility of running Windows on a Mac natively will become a reality.
And all this for an agreement between Qualcomm and Microsoft
On Macs with Intel processors, we had the option of running Windows natively on our machines. Technically, it was quite easy, because Windows supported Intel processors and its X86 architecture. With the switch to M1 chips, carried out on ARM architecture, the execution possibilities of Windows have become slim and Boot Camp has completely disappeared.
The reason? Microsoft has never released a version of Windows 11 that supports the ARM architecture of the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max. A movement for which we now seem to know the reason. According to XDA developers, versions of Windows on ARM are only available on Qualcomm SoCs due to an agreement between the two companies.
This is a deal we knew nothing about, but which people close to him told XDA “is about to expire.” Without specifying a precise date, the fact that the agreement between Microsoft and Qualcomm on the exclusivity of the ARM versions of Windows ends well may mean that we will see them arrive on Macs with Apple silicon.
Boot Camp doesn’t make sense without an official version of Windows for ARM, and now we might see one.
With some speculation on our part, we can assume that Apple will bring back the Boot Camp tool, which now makes no sense due to the lack of an ARM compatible Windows. It is true that last September Microsoft affirmed that the arrival of a version of Windows 11 in ARM for Apple silicon “is not a scenario that we are considering”, but there is still a little hope.
Microsoft’s claim could be motivated by the deal or state that it would be in a future version of Windows where we would see support. Without more information, it is risky to draw too many conclusions, but it is clear that the end of the exclusive agreement between Qualcomm and Microsoft should represent a change in the panorama.
The ability to run Windows natively on Macs would represent much easier access to the Microsoft platform from Apple computers. Currently we need to look to Parallels 16.5 or later and have a Windows 10 or Windows 11 Insider Preview compiled for ARM. Native execution would also represent a performance improvement, since it would take full advantage of the machine’s hardware without the need for virtualization.
Another option, although currently reserved for businesses, is to access Windows through the cloud. A few months ago Microsoft announced a service with which we can run a full machine under Windows through the browser. For now, we’ll have to wait and see any changes, if there are any, but the data we have at the moment lets us think about a better coexistence between macOS and Windows on ARM computers.