Windows 10 on ARM will receive support for 64-bit apps in November

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As of this writing, Windows 10 on ARM is an ARM64 platform, which only supports 32-bit x86 apps via a built-in emulator. It is not possible to run traditional 64-bit apps in this OS. Earlier, we mentioned that this will eventually be changed. Finally, Microsoft today announced that the change goes live in November 2020.

Microsoft was preparing to add support for 64-bit x86 application emulation to the ARM platform. The change was expected to come with 21H1, but the company has changed its plans. Today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 on ARM will get support for 64-bit binaries in this 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. We heard your feedback and are making Microsoft Edge faster while using less battery, and announced that we will soon release a native Microsoft Teams client optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. We will also expand support for running x64 apps, with x64 emulation starting to roll out to the Windows Insider Program in November.

The announcement also mentions new devices from Acer,Kano, Dell, HP, Lenovo and ASUS. Those are modern laptops and convertibles that feature rich connection options and great battery live, while having features like dual screen, high resolution displays, and other decent specs.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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