CrossOver for M1 Macs: Run Windows apps on Big Sur

Perhaps some of you already know the Wine Project (Wine for short), with which Windows programs can be used on macOS and Linux. The CrossOver software based on it now makes it possible to run computationally intensive Windows apps under macOS Big Sur on M1 Macs. The developers at CodeWeavers have this all in one Blog Post shown. There they show, for example, how they play games (The Witcher 3, Among Us, Team Fortress 2) on a MacBook Air late 2020 play. You can find a video of this below.

Run Windows apps on an M1 Mac on macOS 11.0 Big Sur? This is possible with the current CrossOver version of CodeWeavers. You can find details here and in the blog post on CodeWeavers.com.

Run Windows apps on an M1 Mac on macOS 11.0 Big Sur? This is possible with the current CrossOver version of CodeWeavers. You can find details here and in the blog post on CodeWeavers.com.

Windows video games on the cheapest M1 Mac thanks to CrossOver

The CodeWeavers team uses the capabilities of Rosetta 2 with the software named above under macOS Big Sur. This enables the current version of CrossOver to be used and Windows APIs to be translated into Mac equivalents. I have the reference to the post linked above and the use of Windows programs under macOS Big Sur in one Items found by MacRumors. The CodeWeavers post, which is also linked there, says about the successful test:

That's incredible when you consider that we're on literally the cheapest Apple Silicon device you can buy - one that gets thermally throttled and is missing a GPU core. I can't tell you how cool that is; there is so much emulation going on under the covers. Imagine - a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM CPU that is emulating x86 - and it works! This is just so cool.

Or in German:

This is incredible when you consider that we are working with literally the cheapest Apple silicon device you can buy - one that is thermally throttled and that lacks a GPU core. I can't tell you how cool that is; So much is being emulated under the hood. Imagine - a 32-bit Windows Intel binary running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on macOS, on an ARM CPU that emulates x86 - and it works! It's just so cool.

You can find information about the CrossOver app, a free test version, purchase options and the different versions for macOS, Linux and Chrome on the CodeWeavers website. Click here Another video showing the use of the software to run Team Fortress 2 (with FPS drops here and there) on the MacBook Air with an M1 chip:

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2 comments

  1. Ulrich says:

    Do I understand correctly that you no longer need Parallels or WindowsVM to run Windows programs ?!

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Ulrich! As the saying goes: good question, next question. : D I have no idea. I understood it to mean that Windows does not (yet) run with the M1 chips. What the guys do at Crossover is an interesting thing. I just got them Trial version and try later to get my accounting program up and running with it. Would be a great alternative to Parallels Desktop that is not running!

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