Efforts to migrate the Windows platform to devices with ARM chips have a long and controversial history. But still, today Microsoft has a version of Windows 10 ARM, which can become an alternative to the usual Windows 10 x86 in the lower segment, with one significant drawback: it supports emulation of only 32-bit x86 programs. Fortunately, this will change soon.
In a recent article on the official blog, Microsoft wrote that it was inspired by the dynamics it is seeing from third-party software developers that are introducing native Windows 10 ARM support and taking advantage of the hardware advantages of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. The company itself continues to optimize the Edge browser to reduce power consumption and increase performance, and recently released a Teams client optimized for Windows 10 ARM.
But all this is not the main thing: the company wrote that it will expand the capabilities of Windows 10 ARM with support for launching x86-64 applications, and the x64 emulator will begin to arrive to participants in the Windows Insider Program in November. At the request of the developers, Visual Studio Code has also been updated and optimized for Windows 10 ARM. Microsoft is also committed to helping organizations get their Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps running on ARM64 devices with App Assure. The company works closely with Acer, HP, Lenovo, Samsung to release new ARM devices, and also produces its own devices under the Surface brand.
The current Windows 10 ARM is quite limited because it does not support 64-bit x86 applications and is only capable of running 32-bit traditional x86 applications and of course software compiled for ARM. And fewer and fewer developers are concerned about releasing 32-bit versions of their x86 apps, making Windows 10 ARM devices increasingly inferior.
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