Mac users with M1 chips who power their slim hardware but still want to run Windows apps on it should note: Wine software compatibility layer, which is definitely not an emulator, made this possible in a recent update.
Wine 6.0.1 is a maintenance release, but the ability to run 64-bit Windows apps on macOS Big Sur for M1 Macs (along with 60+ other bug fixes) is a big deal as it doesn’t support Boot Camp, and none of the big virtualization apps has managed to get X86 Windows running so far, only the insider preview version of the ARM port.
Since almost all major apps run on M1 / Big Sur anyway, there are few reasons to do so, but if you do, we have a Windows-only app that is absolutely business-critical. There is now a way to get them working on your shiny new Macbook Pro.
Or at least it works if it’s included in the Wine team’s database with compatible applications before. The top ten software supported by Wine is dominated by classic games from the past 20 years, with World of Warcraft taking the top spot.