Microsoft has announced that x64 emulation is now generally available for Windows 11 on Arm PCs, while seemingly confirming it will no longer be supported on Windows 10 Arm-based PCs going forward.
This is a cool new feature for Windows 11, and potentially a big letdown for folks who were enjoying the Windows Insider preview. Currently, those users are able to emulate x64 apps through Windows 10 on Arm.
Windows on Arm is a version of of the operating system designed to run on devices packing low-powered Arm SoCs (system-on-a-chip), such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. It’s different from more traditional 64-bit CPUs from the likes of Intel and AMD. Windows on Arm can run many apps from the Microsoft Store, but it can’t natively run apps built for x86-64 CPUs.