Microsoft partners with Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 version to ARM chipsets

Microsoft partners with Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 version to ARM chipset

In an announcement this week, Microsoft has revealed that it has a new initiative underway with Qualcomm, to bring a full version of Windows 10 OS - together with desktop app support - to ARM chipsets.

In announcing its Windows-on-ARM partnership with Qualcomm, Microsoft said that the key aim behind the partnership -- which marks Microsoft's first Windows on ARM effort -- is to make Windows 10-powered ARM devices fully compatible with 32-bit Win32 in 2017.

According to the announcement, Windows-on-ARM devices will be launched by Microsoft and Qualcomm in 2017. Those devices - which Microsoft is calling "cellular PCs" - will be based on unspecified Qualcomm hardware, most probably the Snapdragon 835. Traditional x86 desktop apps will be emulated, in order to unfold a seamless experience for the end users.

The Microsoft-Qualcomm Windows-on-ARM partnership was announced by Microsoft along with a demonstration of Windows 10 OS running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip, complete with Adobe Photoshop support, HD video playback, and Microsoft Office.

According to Microsoft's projections, the new version of Windows 10 OS will likely be adopted by laptops first. However, the company is hopeful of eventually turning a smartphone into a real PC.


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