Microsoft today announced that "Parallels® Desktop version 18 is an authorized solution for running Arm® versions of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Enterprise in a virtual environment on its platform on Apple M1 and M2 computers".
There are numerous limitations as described in the support document.
@Mikero, any comments?
This tells me that VMware better get their backsides in gear because they can no longer use the excuse that Microsoft doesn’t officially support Windows 11 ARM on anything but Surfaces and OEM devices.
This announcement also begs the question:? Exactly how good a partner VMware is with Microsoft when they got pwned once again by Parallels?
It's a very good thing to see that Microsoft is releasing their grasp on Windows 11 ARM. I guess the rumored exclusivity agreement with Qualcomm is over. It will also be interesting to see if Microsoft now offers real ISO release media for ARM like they do for x64 so we can do away with the uupdump procedures.
It's also good that they announced that Fusion has passed the ARM SystemReady certification process - the certification has been on ARM's website for over a month now.
But VMware still needs to deliver on what they say in their post - and sooner rather than later. VMware has lagged badly on ARM so I'm taking anything they say with a grain of salt until they prove they can deliver on a more timely basis than they've done over the last year and a half. They can start with the full VMware Tools experience to get on par with Parallels.
Agreed, unfortunately. VMware did not skate to where the puck was going to be or even close to it.
Michael has made some vague tweets about "moving ahead full speed" that echo what he said in the blog. Too often VMware's "full speed" is outrun by a tortoise.
I'm not 100% percent convinced that the other teams that he's depending on within VMware have the same sense of urgency as he's projecting.
I know VMware doesn't like to discuss future products, but the Fusion product is now in severe jeopardy of being totally irrelevant. They can't wait 6 months or longer to respond.