For a long time, we have heard of Windows 10 running on ARM based computers. As ARM based laptops will provide longer battery life, they can be pretty attractive option for users who are in need to such features. However, few months earlier, benchmark of ARM based computers showed that we might not be getting the most powerful option out of ARM architecture just yet. As we wait for the first batch of ARM based products to hit the market, recently Microsoft accidentally revealed some limitations users will face on ARM based processors.
The list, now deleted, contained a full list of ARM limitations as it reveals a lot of details regarding the upcoming products. For instance, the list revealed that Windows 10 on ARM will only support ARM64 drivers. Although windows can run x86 apps, the OS won’t be able to use 32bit drivers.
Apart from that, Windows 10 on ARM won’t allow emulation of 64-bit apps although Microsoft is planning on supporting these apps in future.
As we wait for the products to hit the market later this spring, it’s likely that we will have to wait to find out the complete limitations of ARM based products until then. Hopefully, the tradeoff will be suitable enough to consider ARM based PCs a viable option.