Download the Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10X and Surface Neo

Microsoft Emulator Windows 10X
Microsoft Emulator Windows 10X (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Emulator and the image for Windows 10X are now available.
  • The emulator allows you to experiment with Windows 10X and Surface Neo ahead of their launch.
  • You can download Microsoft Emulator (opens in new tab) and the Windows 10X image (opens in new tab) from the Microsoft Store.

Alongside its Microsoft 365 Developer Day (opens in new tab) focused on dual-screen devices, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10X today. The emulator allows you to emulate Windows 10X and the Surface Neo experience ahead of their launch, letting developers get their apps ready for dual-screen devices.

You can check out all of the development tools you'll need to get started developing for Windows 10X at Microsoft (opens in new tab). However, the Microsoft Emulator and the Windows 10X image are both available via the Microsoft Store. You can grab Microsoft Emulator here (opens in new tab), while the Windows 10X image is available here (opens in new tab).

As of this writing, it appears the Windows 10X image isn't quite ready to download, but it should become available later today.

The emulator comes as Microsoft showed off how developers can easily create dual-screen experiences for both Windows 10X and Surface Duo. We also got more information on how Windows 10X will run, including 90-second updates, the ability to run Win32 apps in containers, security, and more. For more, check out our breakdown of the biggest news from Microsoft's dual-screen developer day.

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  • The link to the Win 10X image dumps me onto the Microsoft home page. Can you guys post the correct link to the image on Facebook or Twitter?
  • The article mentions that the 10X image isn't available yet.
  • In the store it sais the image requires Windows build 19500.0 or more. Since Windows 10X seems to be 19XXX and standard Windows 10 is 18XXX that seems quite impossible. What's the intention here? Do I need Windows 10X to use the emulator 🤔 EDIT: Ahh I see the latest Insider Preview is actually 19559 (but not available as standalone ISO) so I guess that is the necessary path to try this out.