December 9, 2016 9:36:53 am
Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Qualcomm, where Windows 10 will be arriving on ARM-processors. Microsoft confirmed the same in an announcement on its official blog, where it said that in future Windows 10 users will be able to experience their desktop apps on future tablets, phones, etc which are running on Qualcomm processors.
In the blog post, Microsoft says “Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and popular Windows games.” According to a report on The Verge, the first set of devices are expected to hit the market next year, and will initially support Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors.
Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, who is Executive Vice President for Windows and Devices Group, told The Verge, the reason they are bringing this support is due to better battery life and cellular connectivity on Qualcomm devices, which is something that customers wanted.
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Microsoft is building an emulator into the operating system, which will directly support ARM chips. In the video above, we can a Windows 10 device running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 64-bit architecture.
While Microsoft is bringing x86 (which is the 32-bit) support for Qualcomm processors, running x64 apps won’t be a problem. In the video, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, along with popular games, etc are all shown working on the Snapdragon 820 which has 64-bit architecture. Microsoft says there will be support for “apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities,” to allow for a mobile, power efficient version of Windows 10.
Microsoft’s Windows RT, which was initially meant for ARM processors and came on the Surface RT tablet wasn’t such a big hit and failed to impress users. Now Microsoft is hoping to change all of that with the new partnership with Qualcomm and renewed support for ARM architecture.
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