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Apple claims Windows 10 support on new Macs with Apple Silicon "is up to Microsoft"

Following the first reviews and first impressions of the new Apple devices with Apple Silicon chips, the outlook cannot be better in terms of performance for the MacBook Pro, Air and Mac mini of today and tomorrow. However still there are many people who have serious doubts about the support of Windows 10 and Linux on these computers.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak, Apple's three vice presidents, have been commenting on details of the transition, and when asked about the native Windows 10 support on new machines, this has been the answer:

"That really depends on Microsoft. We have the technologies to do that, run your ARM version of Windows, which in turn, of course, is compatible with x86 applications. But that's a decision that Microsoft has to make, license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But Macs are certainly very capable of doing it.

Apple already confirmed that the new Macs will only be able to boot with macOS

The context in which Ars Technica has commented on the words of Craig Federighi is strange, as the medium relates these words to "Windows running the machine natively". That "natively" is the one that generates more doubts. On Intel Macs, Windows 10 could be virtualized with VMware or Parallels Desktop, and run natively with Boot Camp. The question we ask ourselves is whether Apple now considers virtualization as something native.

During the days of the announcement of the transition to Apple Silicon at WWDC 2020, Federighi already explained the position of the company:

"Of course, we couldn't directly boot an x86 version of Windows, which is what Boot Camp does today. There will be no direct boot of an alternative operating system. [en referencia a alternativas a macOS]. Pure virtualization is the way. "

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The executive made it clear, the execution of an alternative operating system to macOS on these computers would have to be done via virtualization. Now Apple says it depends on Microsoft, that is who he has always really depended on so that running Windows 10 on ARM is possible that way. For Windows 10 on ARM to work "natively" in the boot sense, Apple would need to enable a new version of Boot Camp.