Microsoft Store starts supporting native ARM64 apps

By Eunice Samson | November 20, 2018 |

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Over the past couple of months, many users have asked, “Are ARM64 apps accepted on Microsoft Store?” Well, just recently, the tech company announced that they had provided their developers with the officially supported tools and SDK for creating 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. That means they now let Microsoft Store accept submissions for apps developed for the ARM64 architecture.

What are ARM64 Apps?

If you are not familiar with the keyword ‘ARM64,’ don’t worry because we will explain exactly what it is. It basically represents the architecture model or type of processor a device has. When you see that an Android device’s OS type is ARM64, it means that it is running a 64-bit processor. So, ARM64 apps are programs that are designed for devices with the 64-bit CPU architecture.

What to Expect from this News?

This announcement from Microsoft came at an opportune time. It followed the release of new Snapdragon 850 devices from Lenovo and Samsung. What’s more, the news accompanied Microsoft’s statement that the company will start providing Snapdragon 850 support for older versions of Windows 10.

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2nd Gen ARM64 devices will become popular for developers because they will provide more computing power. Meanwhile, they can still expect reliable LTE connectivity and battery life on thin, light, and fast devices. Moreover, they will have the option to recompile UWP and C++ Win32 apps to run natively on Windows 10 and ARM devices with Visual Studio 15.9.

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Ready to Develop ARM64 Apps?

If you want to get started on developing ARM64 apps for ARM and Windows devices, the first thing you need to do is update your Visual Studio to version 15.9. You also need to install the ‘Visual C++ Compilers and Libraries for ARM64’ component.

Once you’ve updated Visual Studio, ARM64 will become one of the available build configurations. Remember to add an ARM64 build configuration for your existing projects. You can do this by following the instructions provided by Microsoft. By the way, if you want to get better performance in order to appreciate all the advantages of ARM64 apps, we recommed you to use Auslogics Anti-Malware.

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