Windows 11 Is Coming to the Mac, At Least Through Parallels

Last week, Microsoft unveiled its next release of its desktop operating system – Windows 11. While installing Windows 11 require more modern specs, you wouldn’t be able to officially run it on a Mac officially – even on the last Intel Macs. As stated by 9to5Mac, reason being is that Apple has never officially supported Trusted Platform Module 2.0 on any of its Intel Macs, which is one of the requirements to support Windows 11. Plus, it’s highly unlikely that Apple will adopt this technology to its Macs as Apple is moving its Macs to its own silicon.

Fear not because Parallels has announced that it will bring Windows 11 compatibility through virtualization to all Mac users in the coming months, including those with Apple Silicon. Back in April, Parallels has been updated to take full advantage of Apple Silicon. The company has also been testing the software on the macOS Monterey beta to ensure full compatibility and optimized performance.

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It’s still worth noting that with the end of Boot Camp on Apple Silicon, there won’t be native Windows support. However, Craig Federighi said that native Windows support on Apple Silicon is really up to Microsoft. For now, the best solution to run Windows on an Apple Silicon Mac is using virtualization like Parallels.

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