September 18, 2022
  • September 18, 2022

Your Mac M1 can now run (some) Windows applications

By on June 10, 2021 0

Mac users with M1 chips powering their sleek hardware but still keen to run Windows apps on them take note: The Wine software compatibility layer, which is definitely not an emulator, made this possible in an update. recent.

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Wine 6.0.1 is a maintenance release, but the ability to run 64-bit Windows apps on MacOS Big Sur for Mac M1s (along with over 60 other bugfixes) is a big deal because it doesn’t support Boot Camp support, and none of the major virtualization apps have yet managed to get X86 Windows to work, only the Insider Preview version of the ARM port.

Since almost all major apps run on M1 / ​​Big Sur anyway, thanks to the quick recompilations for the M1’s ARM architecture or Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation technology, there are only a few reasons why you might want to do that, but if you have a Windows-only app that’s absolutely mission-critical, now there’s a way to get it to work on your shiny brand new Macbook Pro.

Or at least it will work if it’s in the Wine team’s compatible apps database, which is worth checking out before betting the farm on a combination of cutting edge technology and old XP apps. kept alive when they should have been replaced years since. The top ten software supported by Wine is dominated by classic games from the past 20 years, with World of Warcraft taking the top spot.

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