Windows 10X ditches Win32, first RTM in December

Windows 10X ditches Win32, first RTM in December
The new version of Microsoft's operating system designed for devices with dual screens and called Windows 10X is late and this is not a big news. A new indiscretion, however, speaks of the possible release of a first RTM build as early as December while support for Win32 programs would have been abandoned.

Microsoft has been working for many months on its version of Windows dedicated to folding and equipped devices of two screens called Windows 10X. However, work is proceeding slowly also due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting every corner of the planet. The release date of the operating system expected by the end of this year had already been moved earlier to 2021, resulting in the cancellation of the arrival on the market of Surface Neo, the company's innovative product equipped with two touch displays joined by a hinge similar to that of the Surface Duo.

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New rumors coming from Twitter seem to indicate the possibility that the Redmond company is ready to release a first RTM build of Winows 10X by the end of this year. Unfortunately, this news is linked to another less pleasant one: Microsoft has decided to abandon support for Win32 software.

For those asking, Windows 10X is on track to RTM in December. Spring 2021 release still looking likely. Not sure if MS is planning to do any external 10X testing. If they are, I suspect they're waiting for the RTM build first.

- Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) October 21, 2020

For the uninitiated, Win32 programs are those that can normally be run on a normal Windows PC and are based precisely on the Win32 API used by Microsoft since Windows 95. The company had promised software support through an emulator present in Windows 10X, which would have allowed a less traumatic transition towards using the new products on which the future operating system will be installed.

Rumors have circulated on the net it seems that the development of this emulator has been shelved. The first versions of Windows 10X will therefore arrive without compatibility with Win32 software and will be limited to the use of UWP and PWA applications. A mistake that Microsoft had already committed with the first versions of Windows 8 for ARM systems and of which we know the sad fate.

But there is no need to lose hope: Microsoft is working hard for the development of OS and it could be that the lack of the emulator is due solely to the youth of the software that will be updated anyway and that could receive compatibility with Win32 programs at a later time.

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