Visual Studio on Surface Pro X

Sam Uresin 36 Reputation points

Has anyone tried running Visual Studio 2019 on a Surface Pro X w/ SQ-2? I'm thinking about getting one as my secondary/portable machine and I know that I'd occasionally have to use Visual Studio (full blown not VS Code) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) on this secondary device. Just want to see if I'd run into any issues.

If I'm not mistaken, Visual Studio is still a 32 bit app so it would have to run in the x86 32 bit emulator. Not sure if SSMS is a 32 or 64 bit app. I know that a 64 bit emulator has recently been released for Surface Pro X but a few videos on YouTube indicated performance being extremely poor.

So, ultimately my question is not only about being able to run these important apps for me but also having an acceptable experience with it. I used to own a Surface Pro 4 and used it until it literally started to fall apart. That was an amazing machine and I could run everything on it with extra horsepower to spare.

I really like the design of the Surface Pro X. If the Surface Pro 7+ or the upcoming Surface Pro 8 used the design of Surface Pro X, I'd get one in a heartbeat but as I understand it, the Surface Pro 8 will use the same design as its predecessor which is why I'm considering the Pro X in the first place.

If you've tried these scenarios on a Surface Pro X, I'd appreciate your sharing your experience with me. Thank you!

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  1. Lamparter 26 Reputation points

    @Sam Uresin According to my research, it is possible on a Surface Pro X (I mean fully blown VS Studio, but as well as Code), Because of Windows' 32-bit emulator, but making it faster probably requires more RAM. According to more research, I think there is a version of SSMS that is 32-bit. So hopefully it should work.