Developer shows off Windows 10X running on Lumia, Apple M1, Surface Go

Earlier this month,
Windows 10X unreleased build leaked online, giving the
public first glimpse at the upcoming operating system with new
Start Menu and Action Center. It only took a few days for
developers to get it running on a Lumia phone, Surface Go
(Intel Core m3), and Apple MacBook with ARM-based M1 processor.

For those unfamiliar, Microsoft first showed off Windows 10X on
its work-in-progress Surface Neo, which was supposed to launch
in December 2020. Surface Neo and Windows 10X for dual-screen
has been delayed to 2022, but the tech giant has confirmed that
Windows 10X OS will first come to single-screened devices.

To avoid further delays, Microsoft also removed ‘VAIL’
technology that would have allowed
Windows 10X to run Win32 apps.

On a brighter side, this has
allowed the company to build Windows 10X natively for ARM-based
processors, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon and Apple M1. As a
result, some developers managed to run the upcoming OS on
ARM-based MacBook, Lumia phone, and Intel-based Surface Go.

Windows 10X Apple M1

Independent developer
Ben was able to get Windows 10X running on Apple M1 via
QEMU virtualization, and it seems to perform surprisingly well.
Like Windows 10 on ARM, Windows 10X is also not designed for
Apple MacBook. In fact, the OS was originally meant for
Intel-based hardware.

In addition to Apple M1, developers have managed
to port Windows 10X to Windows Phone (Lumia 950 XL).

Windows 10X Lumia

Some ticks were needed to get the operating system run on a
Lumia phone natively and it seems to be in a working condition
with several limitations.

Another Twitter
user also managed to get Windows 10X single-screen version
running on a Surface Go.

Windows 10X on Surface Go

Windows 10X appears to be working well on these devices, but
there are several limitations and issues with Wi-Fi, touch, and
drivers.

Likewise, the installation process is also not straightforward
and it requires you to be familiar with command line-based
tools, such as Command Prompt and PowerShell.

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