Microsoft denies making Windows 11 available for Arm architecture, secret deal with Qualcomm

Windows 11

Windows 11 has easy-to-use tools that can help you optimize your screen space and maximize your productivity. Combine that with a Microsoft 365 subscription and nothing will stop you from getting tasks done whereas it was recently reported that there’s no Window For Arm Macs yet because Microsoft has a secret exclusivity deal with Qualcomm.

Exclusivity deal with Qualcomm:

Microsoft dismisses building a version of Windows 11 available for Apple’s M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Mac that are built on Arm architecture, and the reason behind it is that Microsoft is secretly dealing with Qualcomm.


XDA-Developer reported that previously there was an unrevealed deal between the two companies in which Arm-based Windows has only been made available on devices with Qualcomm SoCs.

According to Macrumors report, it is also learned that this mutual deal is set to expire soon but there is not any official word when it will end. As soon as the assent between Microsoft and Qualcomm ends, it will allow other chip vendors to build machines using Arm Windows, and perhaps it could free Microsoft to make Arm Windows available on Apple silicon Macs.

Windows 11

Apple silicon Macs:

Apple Silicon Macs Transitioning to Apple Silicon Apple Inc. is the process of changing the central processing units (CPUs) of Mac computers from Intel’s x86-64 processors to Apple-designed processors that use the ARM64 architecture.

Apple Silicon Macs do not offer Boot Camp and there is currently no official Windows support, giving owners of the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max few options for accessing Windows on their devices. In September, Microsoft said that an Arm version of Windows 11 for Apple silicon Macs, via virtualization or otherwise, is “not a supported scenario,” so there’s a chance it still won’t be.

Apple Silicon Mac users who require Windows access can use Parallels 16.5 or higher to run Insider Preview versions of Windows 10 and 11. These versions were made for Arm hardware, but there are usually issues that need to be addressed. Parallels are still the only solution as Microsoft does not provide a licensed retail version of Arm Windows for Apple Silicon Macs.