Microsoft Issues First Windows 10X Emulator Update

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Windows 10X with 6 Comments

New versions of the Microsoft Emulator and the Windows 10X emulator image are now available, and you no longer have to be an Insider to use them.

“Today we released new versions of both the Microsoft Emulator and the Windows 10X Emulator Image (Preview) to the Microsoft Store,” Microsoft’s  Adam Braden announced. “The updated Microsoft Emulator is version and the updated Windows 10X Emulator Image is version 10.0.19578. This refresh includes many updates to Windows 10X including the Win32 Container.”

This latest version of the Microsoft Emulator app will now look for emulator images in the Microsoft Store immediately on launch, so you can actually grab the new Windows 10X emulator image from there if you want, and not manually visit the Store. But there’s an even bigger change: You can now install Microsoft Emulator on any Windows 10 PC: You don’t have to be running the Windows 10 Insider Preview. (That said, if you wish to write apps that target Windows 10X via the preview Windows SDK, you must use a Windows 10 Insider Preview build.)

As for the emulator itself, the big news is that legacy desktop applications—that is, Win32 apps—can now participate in Windows 10X’s new windowing model.

“This update applies the windowing model for Windows 10X to your Win32 apps running in the container,” Braden writes. “System-defined window placement ensures that users have a consistent and simplified windowing experience that is tailored and appropriate to a smaller, dual-screen, and touch-friendly device. Some gaps remain and will be addressed in future updates.”

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Microsoft Issues First Windows 10X Emulator Update”

  1. red77star

    Did anyone tell you that Windows 10x has no future? Let me break this news for you guys :) And again don't blame the messenger. This hostility behavior Microsoft exhibits toward Win32 apps is incredible. Win32 in containers won't do a thing for Windows users and there are many reasons for it and one of them is Win32 interaction with Explorer and other things. The way this works is every time Win32 is launched it spins Hyper V in essence which is just a bad idea to start with from compatibility and performance point of view when it comes to PC. This is no different than Wine on Linux.

    It is not like Microsoft is targeting all PCs with Windows 10x but I can clearly read the message ... it is their goal for the future. Luckily for us, and for the sake of computing, the devices they are targeting Windows 10x with are DOA therefore Windows 10x will never receive a proper consumer consideration Microsoft would hope for. I said lucky for us because it will save very essence of what PC and Windows means therefore Microsoft will be forced to keep directing Windows 10 into same direction Windows 7 was heading to and if they decide there is no more Windows, no worries...Linux will replace it in no time.

    This constant insulting of people by Microsoft with their products will have to stop, especially insulting its Windows user base which is smaller and smaller each month. Today's granpas and granmas are former Doom 2 hard core players who are nothing but power users.

    • ghostrider

      In reply to red77star:

      If anything, you have to give MS credit for trying. They try, and try and try again - and everyone looks at them and says 'what were you thinking?'. Windows is on a slow, inevitable decline into irrelevance. It will take years, but it will get there eventually, and 10X (RTv2 with emulation) won't make a jot of difference.

    • PanamaVet

      In reply to red77star:

      I find it ironic that you choose an ad hominem approach to calling Microsoft a bunch of meanies and so please, do not blame this messenger. :)

      • red77star

        In reply to PanamaVet:

        Sometimes people unintentionally insult other people. I see what is Microsoft trying to accomplish with Windows, but no one is buying it. I do not blame the messenger :)

    • cayo

      In reply to red77star:

      The year of Linux on the desktop is finally here! And Microsoft is doing its best to help its market share grow from 3% all the way to 3.01%. Hurray!

    • Paul Thurrott

      Stop. You're providing an opinion not a fact, so the phrase "don't blame the messenger" doesn't apply. You're the not the messenger, you're just deliberately trolling when what we need and want is polite conversation and healthy debate. What you're doing is just spiteful and mean, not thoughtful. Your comment also insults certain people and groups of people after calling for an end to insults, and I'd normally shit-can it for that reason, but I'll let it sit for all to see. Stop being terrible. If you don't like something, fine. But don't come in here to shit on people or to present opinion as fact.
      • red77star

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        Whatever. I must have poked some Microsoft Employees with my original post...I am sure they come in here and read your stuff, which is good stuff...don't get me wrong. It is not my problem they cannot handle the truth. If it wasn't the truth they would not be bothered.