Microsoft Drop 32-Bit Apps

Microsoft To Drop Support For Legacy 32-Bit Apps

If you are eagerly waiting for Windows 10X to run your beloved 32-bit apps then there is bad news for you – Microsoft is planning to drop support for legacy 32-bit apps, according to a new report.

Windows 10X uses a technology called ‘VAIL’ to virtualize these apps on Windows 10X.

And as per the Windows Central report, the Redmond giant has apparently removed VAIL.

Without VAIL and the containers, Windows 10X won’t run traditional win32 apps, a significant departure from Microsoft’s original vision.

The reason seems behind the decision to drop support for legacy 32-bit applications is, according to the report, that Windows 10X will reportedly act as a competitor to Chromebooks focusing on Univeral Windows Platform (UWP) apps and web apps such as Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).

While Windows 10X was originally intended as a solution for two-screen devices, Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, recently announced that the company is focusing on single-screen devices.

This change in strategy has also played a role in the future of Windows 10X.

Another driving force behind this possible waiver of Windows 32 apps is improving performance and saving battery life.

Adding more components makes the operating system heavy and resource-intensive, for which Windows 10 is the best possible example.

The move will also help Microsoft work on Windows 10X for ARM-based PCs.

If it turns out to be true, Windows 10X only supports UWP and web apps.

The lack of Windows 32 apps is indeed a problem and can even be a deal-breaker for many.

However, Microsoft is not ready to completely discontinue legacy apps.

The company is planning to implement a cloud-based solution that brings legacy apps, similar to Windows Virtual Desktop.

The first budget Windows 10X PCs are likely to arrive in the first half of 2021.

It will be interesting to see if Windows 10X would witness massive adoption, now that legacy app support is probably out of the equation.

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