Microsoft says most Win32 apps will work on Windows 10 X – On February 11, Microsoft shared more details of Windows 10 X
for dual-screen and various third-party foldable devices. As
rumoured for months, Windows 10 X won’t be limited to Store
apps only and the operating system will be able to run UWP,
PWAs, web apps, and even Win32 apps.
As we’ve reported, Microsoft plans to run apps by using
containers on Windows 10 X. Microsoft says every Windows
10 X apps including Win32, UWP, and PWAs will run in containers
to improve the performance of the devices and secure the actual
Microsoft’s Container is said to be lightweight and it’s based
on a similar moded used by Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
The container is loaded only when it’s required by the
Windows 10 X currently comes with three types of containers
aimed at different application architecture. There is a
container for Win32 apps, MSIX and UWP apps (native). With
Containers, Microsoft is hoping to provide the highest
(backward) compatibility levels for existing apps including
Electrons apps such as Facebook Messenger.
Like traditional emulators, Win32 container has also been
designed to run all Win32 apps, so there won’t be a separate
container for each app. The Win32 container has its own kernel
and drivers, which allows it to provide the highest
compatibility for existing apps.
If no apps are running within the Win32 container, it goes away
and this contributes to longer battery life.
Microsoft says ‘most’ existing Win32 desktops app will work on
Windows 10 X without any modifications required from the
developer, but there will be some instances where some apps may
not work properly.
Developers can also improve their existing Win32 apps to work
better with the new features of Windows 10 X and Microsoft is
also willing to work with devs to ensure all apps work.
In addition, Microsoft said Windows 10 X’s new Windows Update
system can install feature updates in less than 90 seconds.
Microsoft also confirmed that it won’t allow manual
installation of the drivers, which means all drivers will be
managed via Windows Update for security and performance
Microsoft believes that most of the users will never run into
any app compatibility issues. You can expect all mainstream
apps such as Chrome, Firefox, Office, Adobe, and other popular
apps to run without issue.