End User wrote:
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Paul Thurrott has always used sensationalism, just like Steve Gibson. There's a little truth in what they say, but it's always blown out of proportion or "ZOMG look what I just found!". Personally, I even read between the lines with a lot of what Mary Jo Foley says. She and Paul do have an inside tract, and do get a lot right, but they're not the end all, be all.
Windows 10 on ARM will get there eventually. It might not be the full experience on the first release, and I'm sure quite a bit of that has to do with intel and x86 licensing. I have no doubt there have been a lot of behind the scenes meetings around that part alone. And comparing it to Surface RT is getting old. UWP wasn't around with Surface RT was, for starters. There are many more UWP apps now, Edge is a good browser, extensions exist for Edge, the mobile versions of Office are much better...and even if you do need to run the full version of Office, the x86 Win32 version is still what's recommended for production (even if the emulation is a bit slow at this point in time). Microsoft does not recommend running the x86-64 version of Office for production. Most office extensions will only run on the x86 version anyway.
With regards to x86 apps being slow in current iterations of Windows 10 on ARM, it's stil in development. What a lot of people don't realize is that Microsoft runs a lot of debugging code in the background during Windows (and application) development. Since that would also be emulated I'm sure that contributes to at least some of the sluggishness. Paul Thurrott of all people should know this, but conveniently leaves that fact out. While he is good at putting out other information that no one else does, he also often times leaves out other information that's pertinent to an article and definitely affects the outcome of said articles.