Ever since Apple released MacBooks with its own ARM-based Apple M1 chips, users have been trying to run Windows on these machines. Now, since Microsoft does not license its operating system to run on devices other than its Surface line and other manufacturers that use ARM-based systems, it is virtually impossible to run Windows using Apple’s Bootcamp. Still, many engineers have been testing other methods to work Windows on Apple’s M1 devices, also recently an AWS engineer achieved success with running Microsoft’s operating system on his M1 device.
Engineer Alexander Graf (@_AlexGraf) recently shared a tweet (attached below) showing the feat. And according to his statement, Graf used the QEMU for Windows virtualization tool on ARM. This open-source software emulates access to hardware components such as the CPU and GPU.
Now running Windows on the latest M1-based Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and Mac Mini are not impossible. As Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi pointed out, it is up to Microsoft if they would allow their operating system to run on the latest Apple computers. Furthermore, Federighi also mentioned that the latest Apple M1 devices are quite capable of running Microsoft software.
So, following Graf’s tweet, another Twitter user, Sunshine Biscuit to scale (@imbushuo), shared Geekbench scores of an Apple M1 device also Microsoft’s Surface Pro X working Windows 10.
The Apple device working Windows 10 scored a single-core score of 1288 also a multi-core score of 5685. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Surface device working the latest version of Windows scored a mere 800 and 3000 for a single core and multiple -core respectively.
Therefore, these scores suggest that Microsoft’s operating system performs better on Apple’s new M1 devices than it does on its own Surface devices.
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