Photoshop is now fully compatible with Windows 10 PCs such as the Surface Pro X, which are based on an ARM-based architecture. Adobe announced the news on a support page, noting that the software will run natively on 64-bit Windows 10 ARM devices as of May 2021.
Now that Photoshop runs natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices, these Windows users should see some performance gains across the board. It no longer runs under emulation, which severely limited the speed and efficiency of some process-intensive tasks.
The landing of Photoshop as an optimized Windows 10 on ARM app on devices like the Surface Pro X is a huge creative boost for the platform supported by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets like the 8cx Gen 2, even beta testing some changes on the platform. Windows 10 on ARM has lagged behind the success Apple has had with its own ARM-based M1 chip.
Since Photoshop is a big hitter in the app world, there is now the possibility that other app manufacturers will follow suit and update their apps for Windows 10 to ARM as well. Otherwise, there are no real differences between the native and non-native versions of Photoshop.
Adobe did not provide performance metrics or statistics. However, there are some minor missing features. This includes the ability to import, export, and play back embedded video layers, as well as use the camera shake reduction filter.
Adobe notes this on their support page, as well as a short list of known issues related to installation, printing, and freezing. There are workarounds for every problem. So it is best to check the support page if you have any problems after installing the latest versions of the application.
Adobe also recommends running at least Windows 10 64-bit v19041.488.0 and using either 8GB or 16GB of RAM for the best experience possible. Missing functions will be available in later versions, according to Adobe. You can update your version of Windows 10 by going to Windows Update and clicking Check for Updates.
Adobe tested the first beta-tested Photoshop for Windows 10 on ARM late last year. In early March this year, the company rolled out similar ARM-based support for Apple's M1 Macs.