VirtualBox, a popular Oracle free software program that allows users to run virtual machines on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. This week, Oracle released VirtualBox 7.0, which non only provides numerous new features and enhancements, but also adds beta support for Apple Silicon Macs for the first time.
VirtualBox now works with M1 and M2 Macs
Running virtual machines on Apple Silicon Macs was not just an easy task when it comes to Windows virtual machines. Fortunately, major macOS virtual machine programs have already been upgraded to work with the latest Macs, and now VirtualBox is on the list.
With VirtualBox 7.0, users may then start and operate virtual machines on a Mac equipped with an Apple Silicon chip, which includes the M1 and M2 chips. However, as previously stated in the official release notes for the update, this is still a beta feature. In other words, it may not work as expected for now.
The most recent VirtualBox update also adds another significant enhancements. For example, virtual machines may now be fully encrypted and cloud virtual machines can be managed as local machines. DirectX 11 also provides support for better 3D graphics on Windows, while now supports old kernel extensions on MacOS in favor of more modern APIs.
The 7.0 update has also fixed a huge number of flaws. Oracle claims the new version improves local virtual machines'' access. VirtualBox 7.0 can be downloaded on the platforms official website. If you have a Mac with an M1 or M2, please follow the instructions to download the Developer Preview for Arm64 Macs.
It is worth noting that there are alternatives for running virtual machines on macOS, such as the well-known Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion.