This is today's news translated: Windows 10 PCs powered by, not Intel and AMD silicon, but Snapdragon chips - the family of processor found in smartphones - will be hitting the market. um, when? Microsoft says there will be support for "apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities", to allow for a mobile, power efficient version of Windows 10.
Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14986 for insider in fast ring which include dozens of new features and improvements in Cortana, Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge, Windows Game Bar, Narrator, Registry Editor and more.
The move is exclusive to Qualcomm processors and not all ARM products.
"We will enable our partners to build always-connected devices without hindering form factor design", Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and devices group, wrote in a blog post.
But Microsoft's success with the full-featured Surface PC is a good omen for this new attempt to get a piece of the mobile pie. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year.
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Microsoft's announcement that it brings the full version of Windows 10 on ARM processors generated excitement in the Windows Phone community, especially because the company demoed running the desktop version of Photoshop on an existing Snapdragon 820 processor. This year's WinHEC is being held six months after Microsoft declared its intentions to bring Windows 10 to virtual reality devices, and to help the five aforementioned hardware companies develop low-priced head-mounted VR displays.
Microsoft Corp. has just announced that its latest operating system, the Windows 10, will be running on devices with Qualcomm processors. Further in that vein, the company is evangelizing mobile devices with eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that negates the need for a SIM slot.
As computing becomes more mobile than ever before, QUALCOMM and Microsoft will be hoping that their partnership can make it easier for users to remain connected continuously. The company says that Snapdragon can be created to support Windows 10 PCs to combine the best of computing and productivity with the cutting edge consumer electronics technologies available in today's leading smartphones. Many will feature integrated cellular connectivity and make use of touch, pen, inking, and Windows Hello - available in the market starting from next year. But RT bombed because it didn't offer the desktop interface and legacy application support that Windows consumers expected from the platform; the strategy was abandoned with Windows 10. The question is, will this succeed when Windows RT failed?
Project Evo was among the announcements made at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) conference taking place in Shenzen, China and reinforces a message delivered in June that Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 an important platform for mixed reality.