Apple recently made
headlines when it revealed that it will be switching its Macs to its own
ARM-based processors by the end of the year. What stands out is the fact that
it won’t run Windows in Boot Camp Mode any longer. Microsoft allows ARM for
Windows 10 to PC makers only if they preinstall the new hardware.
Furthermore, the copies of the operating system aren’t easily available or
handed out for free.
When asked if Microsoft
plans on changing the policy, the company replied, “Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs. We have nothing
further to share at this time.”
News claim that Apple
and Microsoft have been working closely to ensure Office is prepared for
ARM-based Macs by the end of the year. However, the company hasn’t mentioned
anything regarding its lack of Boot Camp support at WWDC.
Apple has also stated: “We’re not direct booting an alternate
operating system. Purely virtualization is the route. These hypervisors can be
very efficient, so the need to direct boot shouldn’t really be the concern.”
If you wish to seek any
other method to run Windows on ARM-based Macs, then you can try virtualization
using apps like VMWare or Parallels. Again, they won’t be given complete
support from Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation technology. Virtual machine apps
need to be built from the scratch for ARM-based Macs, and even that wouldn’t
give a full guarantee on its functionality or anything.
One thing is for
certain, the Windows On ARM-based Macs are complex and impossible to use if
you’re an amateur. If they make adjustments to the licensing policy then that
might be the only thing working for Microsoft.