Microsoft and Qualcomm enters Mobile Processor Market

December 14, 2016 6:56 pm | Updated 1 year ago.

Earlier this year, Microsoft got into the world of ARM with Windows RT but it resulted in a failure, due to lack of applications but that didn’t stopped the company to enter the dominant mobile market processor.

Last week at the WinHEC show in China, Microsoft finally announced that they have created a native version of Windows 10 which will be running on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors with full x86 compatibility. The tech giant said that the initial version of ARM Windows 10 will support only 32-bit apps, which is not a problem since most of the mobile devices have 4GB of memory or less. This move will enable Microsoft to get into the low-cost mobile market.

“For the first time ever, our customers will be able to experience the Windows they know with all the apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities they require, on a truly mobile, power efficient, always-connected cellular PC,” said Windows chief Terry Myerson in a blog post announcing the breakthrough, along with other WinHEC news.

“With Windows 10 on cellular PCs, we will help everyone make the most of the air around them. We look forward to seeing these new devices with integrated cellular connectivity and the great experiences people love like touch, pen and Windows Hello, in market as early as next year,” he added.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3149562/microsoft-windows/microsoft-and-qualcomm-bring-x86-apps-to-arm-based-devices.html

Date of Publication: Dec 13, 2016