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Windows 10 Mobile X86 & ARM64 architectures coming in future, reveals official Documentation

Microsoft and Qualcomm earlier announced Windows 10 on ARM and that Snapdragon 835 is the first Snapdragon processor to support full Windows 10. While this opened lots of possibilities in terms of Cellular Windows 10 PCs and legacy Win32 apps coming to ARM, we didn’t hear much about Windows 10 Mobile on ARM64. This is very desirable because it leads to the mythical Surface Phone.

Now Microsoft documentations not only talk about Windows 10 Mobile ARM64 but we for the very first time we see the mention of Windows 10 Mobile X86. The document also mentions these two Windows 10 Mobile architectures in future.

As per the official documentation,

Exceptions This is a requirement for Windows 10 Mobile (ARM, ARM64, x86), but recommended for Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) (x64, x86) and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview x64. It will be required in the future for those architectures. Note that there are some exceptions to this requirement to accommodate the registration of Component Object Model (COM) objects and Media Foundation Transforms (MFT) using the AddReg directive. Refer to the Design Notes section of this requirement for additional details.
Applies to Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) x64

Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) x86

Windows 10 Mobile ARM

Windows 10 Mobile x86

Windows Server 2016 x64

We have seen reports about X86 Emulator on ARM64 coming to Windows 10 Mobile. But having Windows 10 Mobile X86 as a standalone Mobile architecture makes this possibility redundant.  A phone running Windows 10 Mobile X86 should be able to run X86 Win32 apps natively. Surface Phone, the ultimate business mobile device may be running this Windows 10 Mobile architecture.

Windows 10 Mobile ARM64 may be for the more consumer-oriented Windows 10 Mobile Phones that perhaps won’t need legacy Win32 apps support.

We have shared via our sources earlier that Redstone 3 will be Mobile-focused iteration of Windows 10 unlike Redstone 1 and 2. So, hopefully we will these two Windows 10 Mobile architecture arriving with Redstone 3.

We exclusively reported about Surface Phone prototypes being able to install and run X86 apps via Continuum. Our sources also confirmed that Surface Phone launch is delayed now to late 2017.

You can read our Surface Phone rumor / leaks round-up by clicking here.

Source: MSDN


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  • eternal

    Here is the catch – x86 version of Windows 10 Mobile won’t be able to run .exe files. Only UWP apps from the Store including converted Win32 apps to UWP apps.

    • Kamal

      How are you so sure that it won’t be able to run Win32 apps??

      • eternal

        I have information
        Only modernized Win32 apps from the Store. No ability to install old exe files.
        Believe me, this is for good, nobody wants the old .exe crap on a mobile device. Microsoft wants to build an ecosystem around UWP. I guess they will be talking more about Project Centennial at BUILD.

    • Luis Amaral

      They try that on tablets and give up from that idea…. Today my Tablet runs .exe for good, i have my steam acount and i can play even PC version of CSGO… If Phones dont run EXE im out for andoid….

      • eternal

        No , no.
        The RT tablets never run Win32 apps. Now with UWP they will be able to install it from the Store. This is a smarter and secure way.

        • Luis Amaral

          RT tablets is a thing from the past 8.1 windows. Today windows 10 tablet with Intel CPU like my poit of view can run x86 and x64 apps . I have my steam installed and I run farming simulator, half life 2 etc on it