The Windows transition to Arm just found its missing puzzle piece

The transition to Arm architecture for Windows has progressed rapidly, with many key applications releasing Arm64 versions. However, one major application had been missing from the list—Slack. Fortunately, that has now changed.

Slack has released an Arm64 native client, addressing a significant gap in the ecosystem. Given Slack’s importance as a communication and productivity tool, this update is a significant relief for many users who rely on it daily.

 

Key Points:

  • Improvements in Emulation: While recent improvements in emulation are noteworthy, a native version of Slack ensures optimal performance on Arm devices, making the transition smoother and more efficient.
  • Beta Availability: The Arm64 native client for Slack is now available in beta, allowing users with Windows on Arm devices to experience the benefits immediately.

 

The Impact of Copilot+ on the Transition to Arm

The release of Slack’s Arm64 client coincides with the anticipation of Microsoft’s Copilot+ range of Windows on Arm products. This upcoming product line is expected to be a significant catalyst in the “true” transition to Windows on Arm, promoting the development of more native apps and improving the overall user experience.

 

Benefits of Windows on Arm:

  • Increased Battery Life: One of the most exciting aspects of Windows on Arm laptops is the potential for almost double the battery life compared to x64 and x86 versions.
  • Enhanced Performance: With native apps like Slack and new emulation software, users can expect efficient and seamless performance.

 

Challenges and Delays:

  • AI Feature Delay: Despite the advancements, there have been some setbacks. One notable delay is the Recall feature in Copilot+ PCs, which has been postponed due to security concerns.

The release of Slack’s Arm64 native client marks a significant step forward in the Windows transition to Arm. It promises better performance and efficiency for users, aligning well with the upcoming Copilot+ products. Despite some challenges, the future looks bright for Windows on Arm, offering enhanced battery life and improved performance for a growing number of native applications.