Windows 10 Finally Unites with ARM Processors without Sacrificing Traditional Desktop Apps

December 9, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Not much long before, we had the Windows RT, which was Microsoft’s misfired attempt to join the hands of Windows 10 with ARM processors. The move to ditch the traditional Windows desktop apps in lieu of touch-based apps was welcomed with least interest. Now, they are rewriting its Windows RT story for the good of both the company and users.

Thanks to Qualcomm that Microsoft is yet again attempting to unite Windows 10 with ARM processors, but not by letting its traditional apps hit the dust this time. Windows 10’s arrival on the next generation of Snapdragon processors is a more fruitful deal this time with the support for universal Windows desktop apps and Windows 32 software.

The first device to arrive under this batch will be Windows 10 powered laptops, which will be able to emulate the desktop apps. Manufacturers will be able to roll out devices with in-built support for the wide range of applications that are already available for the Windows using emulation.


The platform will support only emulation of only x86 (32-bit) versions of those applications and software. There’s no 64 bit support, but that won’t be a big issue either, as almost all of the Windows traditional apps come in both x86 and x64 architecture.

Microsoft hasn’t yet detailed its emulation process. The normal .msi and .exe packages are expected to work fine on the Qualcomm chipsets. However, apps that are CPU heavy are expected to be working better on Intel chipsets due to absence of CPU instruction set emulation in the new device. A final assessment can only be given out once the product arrives.

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