Windows for M1 Macs is maybe on the way. Apple has always provided Windows support for Intel Macs, but new computers with the ARM-based M1 chip can only run macOS natively.
According to XDA, Qualcomm has a special agreement with Microsoft to ensure that its ARM chips are the only ones with native Windows support. This agreement is set to expire, allowing Microsoft to license Windows to other ARM chip makers for the first time.
Good news for Mac users: Windows for M1 Macs
When exactly this agreement will end is unknown, but it will come to an end soon, according to the news. Because Qualcomm assisted Microsoft with the creation of Windows ARM, the company was able to exploit its relationships with other vendors. Other companies, such as MediaTek, are now working on ARM chips that can run Windows.
In 2016, Microsoft and Qualcomm revealed plans for Windows on ARM. It was a significant change because it allowed the operating system to emulate x86 apps, which distinguished it from Windows RT. Devices were announced a year later, and they began shipping shortly thereafter. Since then, Microsoft has included x64 emulation with Windows 11 as well as ARM64EC, allowing you to run applications natively with simulated plug-ins.
The good news for Mac users is that with the completion of the Microsoft- Qualcomm agreement, Apple may soon be able to license Windows 11 support for the M1 chip family. Only a virtual machine is currently available to run Windows on M1 Macs because these computers lack Boot Camp. Native running of the system would result in improved performance, which would be fantastic for gaming.