Microsoft, ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops to arrive in Q4 | Techzubi

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Microsoft, ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops to arrive in Q4 | Techzubi
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Microsoft, ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops to arrive in Q4 | Techzubi Microsoft  announced last year that Windows 10 will get support for ARM chipsets, specifically, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs. While the companies said that the first PCs with ARM chipsets will be coming in 2017, there was never a specific timeline mentioned for the launch.Microsoft previously announced its partnership with Qualcomm, where Windows 10 will be arriving on ARM-processors. Now Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has confirmed the company will be launching Windows 10 PCs with ARM chipsets in fourth quarter. “Our Snapdragon 835 is expanding into Mobile PC designs running Windows 10, which are scheduled to launch in the fourth calendar quarter this year,” said Mollenkopf during the company’s latest investor call. Transcript of the call was published by Seeking Alpha and picked up by The Verge.
To support ARM chips, Microsoft is building an emulator into the operating system. Microsoft is bringing x86 or 32-bit support for Qualcomm processors. However, running x64 apps won’t be a problem either. Microsoft says there will be support for “apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities,” to allow for a mobile, power efficient version of Windows 10. According to the company, ARM processors in Windows 10 PCs will help in improving battery life and cellular connectivity on Qualcomm devices.
Qualcomm hasn’t revealed the partners it will be working with to build ARM laptops. “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,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft had earlier said it is working closely with multiple ARM server suppliers, including Qualcomm and Cavium to bring support for ARM chips on Windows Server OS. “We feel ARM servers represent a real opportunity and some Microsoft cloud services already have future deployment plans on ARM servers,” Leendert van Doorn, Engineer at Microsoft said in a blog post.

The Verge is reporting that Lenovo has been testing its own ARM-based Windows 10 laptop, but other than that, details on which companies will be producing the machines are sparse

When the devices do start arriving, it will be the first time to see laptops running Windows 10 that aren’t powered by either Intel or AMD processors.
They will likely be thin and lightweight and, as Qualcomm and Microsoft are referring to them as cellular PCs, will offer cellular connectivity like a smartphone.
When the Qualcomm/Microsoft partnership was announced, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, said the resulting products would be “a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices.”

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