Windows on ARMMicrosoft and Qualcomm announced in late 2016 one of the most ambitious projects since the release of Windows 10: the full version of the desktop operating system on ARM processors, with the Snapdragon 835 said to be the first chip to bring this to production.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft's official acknowledgement that it has Windows Server running on ARM for use in its own, and potentially others', datacenters generated a number of questions. Here are a few answers.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft announced in late 2016 that the full Windows 10 would be able to run on ARM chips thanks to a new emulation system, explaining that Qualcomm would be one of the companies involved in the project, with its chipsets specifically developed to take advantage of this idea.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft and Qualcomm are working on bringing the full version of Windows 10 on devices with ARM chips, and the two companies have already presented a demo highlighting the power of this mix, which can even handle demanding apps like Photoshop.

Windows on ARMAlthough Qualcomm is the only ARM licensee to strike a deal with Microsoft to allow legacy Windows 10 apps to run on its processors, ARM executives say there are no legal limitations preventing others from doing so as well.

Windows on ARMQualcomm announced the all-new Snapdragon 835 processor at CES in Las Vegas, and the company confirmed one of the most anticipated technologies of the year: the new chip can run the full version of Windows 10.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft announced recently that it plans on bringing the full version of Windows 10 on ARM processors, and the company even demonstrated such an early implementation on a Snapdragon 820 (this chip is already available on some Windows 10 Mobile devices, such as the Alcatel IDOL 4S and the HP Elite X3).

Windows on ARMThe Microsoft Lumia 650 XL was never released, but numerous leaks have been revealed to the public with some claiming it’s the Lumia 650 XL and some it’s the Lumia 850. The cancelled release of the phone didn’t stop hacker Calyx Hikari from successfully running Windows RT 8.1 PE on the device.

Windows on ARMThis morning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced availability of their new board—the Raspberry Pi 3. We’re excited to have Windows 10 support the new board via a new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update available for download today. The new Raspberry Pi 3 board is available now in the Microsoft Store online.

Windows on ARMLow-cost Chinese chip maker Rockchip usually puts its silicone products inside tablets and TV boxes that run Google’s Android software, but this dogma is slowly starting to shift and the company is aiming to conquer new territory.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft’s Windows RT-powered Surface 2 tablet may not be officially dead, but the executioner is sharpening his axe. Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that the Surface 2 is no longer being manufactured, meaning that, at least at Microsoft, no Windows RT tablets are being made.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft has no plans to bring its Windows 10 software to tablets running Windows RT. That means the Surface 2, Surface RT, Nokia Lumia 2520, and a handful of other tablets with ARM-based chips and Windows software won’t get all the fancy new Windows 10 features coming to Windows phones and x86-based PCs.

Windows on ARMA few years back, Microsoft took an ambitious step to build a version of Windows that would run on ARM-based processors. At the time, this was a huge move, as many expected this new operating system, called Windows RT, to challenge the standard that Intel and AMD were the only vendors who could produce laptop-class processors.

Windows on ARMAll eyes are currently on the Surface Pro 3, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Microsoft has forgot the previous models which are still on sale both online and at retail stores. Redmond today launched a new discount for the original Surface tablet that's now available for only $249 (180 euros) thanks to a Memorial Day sale that cuts $200 (€150) off the initial price.

Windows on ARMSummary: In spite of numerous leaks indicating an ARM-based Surface was going to be launched at Microsoft's "small gathering" in New York City, no such device materialized. What happened?


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