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Qualcomm, Microsoft deal could explain lack of Windows on Apple Silicon

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Microsoft is not making a version of Windows 11 compatible with ARM-based Apple Silicon because it has a secret exclusive deal with Qualcomm, according to a new report.

ARM-based versions of Windows have reportedly only been made available on devices equipped with Qualcomm chips due to a previously unreported deal between the two companies, according to XDA Developers.

The sources informed the outlet that the deal may expire soon, but there is no clear date for when this will happen. XDA Developers He notes that the expiration will allow other vendors to build devices with ARM-based versions of Windows.

Boot Camp is currently not accessible on M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max devices. This is due to a lack of Windows support, and there do not appear to be plans to bring an ARM-based version of Windows to Apple Silicon Macs.

Microsoft and Qualcomm have had a strong relationship over the years, XDA Developers Notes. Both companies announced Windows on Arm back in 2016, and Microsoft also purchased Qualcomm chips for Windows phones.

Qualcomm, for its part, has its sights set on competing with Apple Silicon. The company, through its acquisition of startup Nuvia, aims to have Apple-owned silicon in the laptop chip space in “nine months.”


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