We cannot run Windows on Macs with new Apple M-series chipsets. But Apple has allowed Windows support on older Macs with Intel processors. Part of the reason new Macs are unable to support Windows is due to a special agreement between Microsoft and Qualcomm that was put in place to ensure that Qualcomm’s ARM chips are the only ones to take. supports Windows natively. Now that deal is coming to an end and that means native Windows support can come to M1 powered Mac computers.
According to a report by XDA Developers that cites sources familiar with the matter, the deal between Microsoft and Qualcomm is about to expire, which means Microsoft will finally be able to license Windows to other ARM chipmakers. It’s unclear exactly when the deal will expire, but the report says the contract “will end very soon.” Microsoft had made the deal with Qualcomm while the US chipmaker was helping Microsoft in the development of Windows ARM. Now other companies like MediaTek are also planning to make their own ARM chips that can run Windows.
The report states that Windows on ARM was first announced by Microsoft and Qualcomm in 2016. The devices resulting from this partnership were announced a year later and began shipping shortly thereafter. Since then, Microsoft has added x64 emulation with Windows 11, as well as ARM64EC, which makes it easier to run applications natively with emulated plugins.
This is good news for Mac users, because once Microsoft’s deal with Qualcomm ends, Apple may also license Windows 11 for its M1 family of chips.
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