Microsoft has announced that the Windows ARM PCs will receive the x64 app Emulation. A blog post by Microsoft Chief Product Officer (Windows + Devices), Panos Panay, stated that Windows Insiders will receive this feature first through the Insider test build, which will be released in November.
“We are excited about the momentum we are seeing from app partners embracing Windows 10 on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors,” Panos wrote. He said that the company plans to “expand support for running x64 apps, with x64 emulation starting to roll out to the Windows Insider Program in November.”
The Windows on ARM supports native ARM apps. Although the Windows on ARM has a 32-bit emulator, most of the apps operate on 64-bit, and the lack of a 64-bit emulator limits the number of apps you can run on ARM devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro X.
“We are excited about the momentum we are seeing from app partners embracing Windows 10 on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors”
In response to user feedback, Microsoft will soon release an optimized Microsoft Teams Client for Windows 10 on ARM. The blog also mentioned that Microsoft is working to make Microsoft Edge faster while reducing its battery consumption.
“Because developers asked, Visual Studio code has also been updated and optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. For organizations, we’re committed to helping them ensure their apps work with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps on ARM64 devices with App Assure.”
Panos also revealed that Microsoft is closely working with Acer, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Surface to provide innovation to their shared customers.
Via Windows Blog