Although ARM-based PCs are now available, apps that utilize native 64-bit architectures on Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM have been relegated to legacy support for 32-bit apps. Microsoft introduced the proper frameworks for 64-bit apps at its recent BUILD conference, allowing developers to port their apps and begin native app integration. After a small wait, apps are starting to appear; VLC – the swiss army knife of multimedia players – is one of the first to launch a dedicated ARM64 app.
I’m obviously not going to cover every single major Windows application that gets ported from x86 over to ARM, but I do find there’s something fascinating about seeing the first few applications getting the ARM treatment. It makes me think of the very early days of Windows NT, when it was available for not only x86, but also for Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC, Clipper, and SPARC (although those last two were never actually released).