Centennial store apps on Windows on ARM?


Should, in theory at least, Centennial store apps work on Windows on ARM devices as well as any other Win32 app?

Comments (7)

7 responses to “Centennial store apps on Windows on ARM?”

  1. skane2600

    It's a question that can't yet be answered since we don't know even if "any other Win32 app" will run on Windows on ARM devices. All we've seen so far is a demo.

  2. ChristopherCollins

    I don't have time to search the article, but one of them I read said that WOA had an x86 emulation mode, so if Photoshop launched on it in the demo, I would say that any Centennial app would be fine.

  3. Dan1986ist

    If NT 4.0 back in the 90s could run some Win32 programs in X86 emulation on Alpha CPUs, Windows 10 on ARM could likely have something similar.

    • skane2600

      In reply to Dan1986ist:

      The key word is "some". For Windows on ARM to be successful it pretty much has to be able to run everything and with reasonable performance. I still remember the "almost" compatible IBM PC clones back in the day. It was only when they transitioned from "almost" to "completely" did the market for non-IBM PCs really take off.

  4. Sprtfan

    I wasn't sure after converting it and putting it in a container if it would work the same as a normal Win32 app when going though emulation. I guess the obvious solution would be to just use the original Win32 app in emulation instead of the converted app in the store if it was an issue.

  5. jimchamplin

    Desktop Bridge uses AppV, so having a binary translation layer around the container would be pretty easy. Its not dissimilar from how Apple used the Rosetta compatibility layer in OS X 10.4-10.6

  6. Paul Thurrott

    It's unclear, sorry, for all the reasons cited by the other comments.