One tester found that Windows for ARM running on an M1 Mac via Parallels Desktop was the “fastest version of Windows” they’d ever used.
The enterprise platform
Today, recent data claims Macs account for 23% of PCs sold into U.S. enterprise, while Mac sales in Q1 increased 111.5% (IDC).
Microsoft sees Apple as a viable platform for its software and services. It seems plausible to expect it to extend Windows to ARM to the Mac on an official basis.
The company continues to invest in M1 support for all its Mac apps, including the crown jewel of Office 365 and even Remote Desktop, which lets you access your Windows PC from your M1 Mac remotely. (This may not be the only way in which Microsoft hopes to run Windows remotely).
Why then would it avoid introducing Windows for ARM to the platform? We’ve always known M-powered Macs are capable of running Windows for ARM as virtual machines.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president for software engineering, admitted as much when he said:
“We have the core technologies for them 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 Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs.”
In the context of Azure support at Jamf’s JNUC conference, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Client & Mobility, Brad Anderson, said his company wants to make the Mac a “more complete enterprise device.”
What would make it more complete than an official release of Windows for ARM?
With Macs running Apple’s next M-series chip expected as soon as next week, no wonder Intel is playing defense. Pretty soon, the best way to run Windows may well be to run it using Parallels Desktop on an M1X Mac.