VMware Fusion 13 now available with native support for Apple Silicon Macs

vmware today announced the launch Fusion 13, the latest major update to Fusion virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Fusion, it’s designed to allow Mac users to use virtual machines to run non-macOS operating systems like Windows 11.

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Fusion 13 Pro and Fusion 13 Player are compatible with Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs with M-series chips, offering native support. VMware has been testing support for Apple silicon for several months before the launch of the latest version of Fusion.

With Fusion 13, Mac Intel and Apple Silicon users can access Windows 11 virtual machines. Intel Macs offer full Windows 11 support, while on Apple Silicon, VMware says there is an early round of features for Windows 11 on Arm.

VMware Tools provides virtual graphics and networking, with more to come. With certified and signed drivers, Windows 11 looks fantastic and scale the resolution to 4K and beyond! Note that Fusion on Apple Silicon must run the Arm variant of Windows 11 and does not support the x86/Intel version of Windows.

Users who need to run traditional win32 and x64 applications can do so with built-in emulation.

Fusion 13 also includes a TPM 2.0 virtual device that can be added to any virtual machine, storing content in an encrypted section of the virtual machine’s files and providing hardware-tpm feature parity. To support this feature, Fusion 13 uses a fast encryption type that only encrypts the parts of the virtual machine needed to support the TPM device for performance and security.

The software supports OpenGL 4.3 in Windows and Linux virtual machines on Intel and in Linux virtual machines on Apple silicon.

Fusion 13 Player is free for personal use and commercial licenses for both versions are available at a 30% discount to celebrate the launch. vmware Fusion 13 Player is priced at $104.30, and VMware Fusion Pro is priced at $139.30. Upgrades from previous versions are also available at a lower cost.

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