Win32 desktop apps on Windows 10X will have some limitations

Windows 10 X Start menu
Windows 10X on Lenovo ThinkPad

Windows 10X supports legacy apps and it has a fascinating way
to deal with Win32 apps on all devices. Microsoft says
Windows 10X will support most legacy desktop apps and these
apps would run within a container, which is intended to protect
the OS from potential malware and performance slowdown.

Inside Win32 Container, you can run all the legacy Win32
desktop apps including system utilities, Photoshop and even
Visual Studio. The container has its own traditional Windows
directory and kernel to run legacy programs smoothy. There’s
even a built-in driver and registry support.

In theory, Win32 Container is a virtual machine and the whole
thing shuts down when there are no Win32 apps running, which
improves system performance and increases battery backup.
Unlike the traditional virtual machine and emulator, Windows
10X’s Containers offer lower latency and access to more
resources of the device.

Microsoft has also said that there will be limitations of
running legacy apps on Windows 10X via the Containers. On some
devices, there won’t be per-app permissions support for Win32
apps, which means either all apps will have access to
privacy-sensitive hardware such as the camera or none will.

You won’t be able to use extensions or add-ons in File Explorer
designed by the third-party developers. For example, TeraCopy,
which is a utility app for moving and copying files, may not
work on Windows 10X.

Similarly, apps that sit in the system tray such as a battery
percentage app, volume controller, or temperature detector may
not work on 10X. Microsoft currently has no plans to allow
system tray applets, File Explorer add-ins or namespace.

Windows 10X limitations

It appears that Microsoft has also blocked PC hardware—mouse
and keyboards hooks.

It’s also worth noting that the operating system is read-only
and it has been designed in a locked-down mode. The OS can run
apps downloaded outside the Microsoft Store, but the apps must
have a good reputation and a signed code. And you won’t be able
to fiddle with Registry editor to optimize Windows.

Microsoft promises performance of legacy apps will be
near-native, but some sort of benchmark will only tell the real
story.

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