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Surface Pro X to Get 64-bit Intel Apps Support but Not Until 2021

Users hoping Microsoft could solve an app gap on the Surface Pro X will have to wait until 2021 to see support for 64-bit Intel apps.


's X has been available since last week as the company's first PC product. Billed as the answer to the problems Windows 10 on ARM devices have faced, the Pro X is not living up to that billing. Average reviews are just the tip of the iceberg as the also has an app issue.

Just like any other ARM-based PC, the Pro X supports ARM and ARM64 apps, as well as emulated 32-Intel (x86) apps. However, it does not support 64-bit Intel applications. We reported previously how the Microsoft Store was not flagging which apps are not compatible with the device, a situation Microsoft has only partially remedied.

Without support for 64-bit Intel apps, the Surface Pro X is a limited experience. Microsoft is working to change the situation by working on x64 emulation for Windows 10 on ARM.

Unfortunately, a report from Neowin could not establish when this amendment will be made. Even more unfortunate is the likelihood it won't arrive until , which is more than a year from launch.

Windows 10 on ARM Problems

This is another embarrassment for Microsoft as the Surface Pro X is its first proprietary foray into Windows 10 on ARM. ARM is provided by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx processor, which is built for emulation.

However, like other previous entries into the world of Windows 10 on ARM, the Pro X has been underwhelming. While reviewers praised its design and OS, they were more tepid on battery life and performance.

With a long wait ahead for full app support, it will be interesting to see if customers are willing to embrace the Pro X.

Last Updated on April 9, 2020 11:54 am CEST

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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