Windows 10 on ARM is set to get emulation for traditional 64-bit apps

Windows 10 on ARM

When Windows 10 on ARM was announced, Microsoft said the
platform will offer great battery backup and network
connectivity, but Microsoft’s own documents suggest that the
platform’s compatibility issues have proven problematic.

For those who aren’t aware with Windows 10 on ARM, this
platform supports ARM64 drivers only. While you can emulate x86
apps with ARM drivers to make them work, x64 apps (the 64-bit
version of apps coded for Intel or AMD platform) simply won’t
work.

As a result, it’s impossible to run games and apps that
were created for x64 platforms and anti-cheating drivers also
don’t work on Windows 10 on ARM.

According to our own sources, Microsoft is preparing to add
support for 64-bit x86 application emulation to Windows 10 on
ARM and the emulation support is ‘almost’ ready for public
testing.

Microsoft is expected to release the first technical preview of
Windows 10 on ARM with 64-bit x86 application emulation by the
end of November. This could be a huge change as it would
dramatically expand apps compatibility support on Windows 10 to
include 64-bit x86 software (x64 software).

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft’s Panos Panay appeared
during Qualcomm’s IFA keynote to confirm that some Windows 10
on ARM app compatibility news will be shared in the coming
weeks.

Earlier this year, Kenny Kerr, who is the principal software
engineer on the Windows team,
made a Github commit for “ARM64EC”. This also suggests that
the emulation support is definitely in the pipeline and it
could be announced later this year.

Currently, the compatibility issues are rampant and a lot of
things does not work properly, which has also contributed to
overall performance issues.

With support for x64 software, Windows 10 on ARM could finally
become a lot more viable.

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