Macs with Apple M1 Can Now Run Windows Apps Through CrossOver 20

Ruben Fields
November 20, 2020

"We also installed the beta version of Big Sur 11.1, because we know it has some critical fixes to Rosetta". An M1 Mac isn't your best bet for running Windows software, but CrossOver shows that it's not a lost cause.

CrossOver is an macOS application that allows you to run many Microsoft applications on your Apple Mac without a need for a Windows emulator.

This comes as a great news for those who used Boot Camp to run Windows apps on Macs as the new M1-powered ARM-based MacBook models don't support Boot Camp.

CrossOver team today confirmed that CrossOver 20.0.2 works on Apple Silicon-based Macs.

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Apple also has a featured story on the Mac App Store that highlights numerous fully M1 compatible apps that are already available as well - those that have been released as universal apps with native M1 support. Apple plans to transition its whole Mac line to its own Apple Silicon chips over the next two years, so all Mac developers will ultimately have to recompile their apps so they can run natively on these new Macs.

To showcase the new software, the CodeWeavers team showcased a demo video with an Apple M1 MacBook Air running popular Windows apps and games including Among Us.

CrossOver is based on the open-source project WINE and emulates Intel Windows binaries via Rosetta 2 on the ARM Mac.

The gameplay for Team Fortress 2 shared by CodeWeavers shows some lag in game and not the highest frame rate possible, but bear in mind, it is running on the base-level MacBook Air that does not have active cooling and is missing one GPU core. However, CrossOver hasn't been updated for Apple's M1 chips yet, meaning it's having to run through the Rosetta 2 translation layer to work.

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