MICROSOFT HAS joined forces with Qualcomm to bring Windows 10 desktop apps to ARM chips.
After an abortive attempt on early Surface tablets, known as Windows RT (standing for "regrettable tablet"?) the company has confirmed that a full version of the operating system will be available next year.
The difference here will be huge. It means for the first time traditional Windows Programs will be supported as well as the universal app type. Huzzah!
As we reported recently this is made possible by a new form of emulation spotted in teardowns of insider builds.
This in turn will enhance Continuum, the ability for devices to change form factor seamlessly from watch to big screen and all things in between.
Continuum has been a cornerstone of the Windows 10 strategy, but because of the prevalence of ARM-based architectures on mobile devices, it has proved impossible to have a fully fluid transition between form factors.
"Qualcomm Snapdragon processors offer one of the world’s most advanced mobile computing features, including Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning and superior hardware security features, all while supporting thin, fan-less designs and long battery life,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president at Qualcomm.
"With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices."
For Microsoft, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, whose blog is apparently essential reading for all Windows users, said: "We are excited to bring Windows 10 to the ARM ecosystem with Qualcomm Technologies.
"We continue to look for ways to empower our customers to create wherever they are. Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love - touch, pen, Windows Hello, and more - anytime, anywhere.”
Windows 10 is hurtling towards 25 percent market share, but this does include devices from sensors through to giant video screens, not just desktop and laptop. It also lags behind in its pledge to be on 2bn devices within 2 years. µ
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