Check out Adobe Lightroom on the Surface Pro X (video)

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Surface Pro X (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Adobe Lightroom now runs natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices.
  • A new video shows how the Surface Pro X handles Adobe Lightroom.
  • Adobe Lightroom was optimized for Windows 10 on ARM at the same time Adobe rolled out support for Apple's M1 processors.

Adobe recently rolled out native support for Lightroom on Windows 10 on ARM devices. This allows the application to take advantage of the hardware of devices such as the Surface Pro X. Now, a video from Ho Young Won shows Adobe Lightroom in action on the Surface Pro X.

Microsoft Surface Pro X is an impressive piece of hardware, but app limitations caused by it running on an ARM processor can hold it back. Microsoft is tackling this in two ways. Microsoft recently rolled out emulation support for 64-bit apps running on Windows 10 on ARM. This allows a wide variety of apps to run on devices like the Surface Pro X that couldn't run on it before. Because it's in emulation, it's not as good as native applications. In comes Microsoft's push to get developers to optimize their apps for Windows 10 on ARM. Adobe is in the process of adopting ARM, and Lightroom recently gained support.

Won's video is on the original Surface Pro X, not the newer model with an SQ2 processor. In his video, Won runs Lightroom through some basic tasks, such as launching the app, importing photos, editing images, and exporting images. Loading images and scrolling looks a bit glitchy, but editing images seems smooth.

Have you used Lightroom on a Windows 10 on ARM device? How did it perform? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • It's a good job I didn't listen to the internet who said the Surface Pro X is a right off then. Best PC I've owned. Daniel Rubino's reviews are spot on.
  • I have the Pro X and have no complaints. It is a wonderful piece of kit and I am really tired of the complaining around the performance. It is plenty fast enough for day to day use. Now Teams native is a great improvement and I do all my day to day work on it. For a general workflow and daily driver it is perfect. I am a techie user but most of my life is in Office Teams and the browser with no complaints.
  • Yeah exactly. It's very fast for daily use. I wish Microsoft would also release an ARM64 version of Skype though too. Spotify is my worst app but it's fine really. All this negativity around Adobe apps being slow and I doubt many will use Surface Pro X for this anyway. Any Surface Pro isn't designed for this in mind.
  • Actually once the pro X, or some itiration of it, can run lightroom and photoshop well enough to confortably edit my 80 mb Sony A7r III photos, it would be the perfect device for me. I constantly travel (or did before Corona) and it would be perfect device for editing photos on the go.