Windows ARM Software News
Microsoft just launched a version of Windows 10 that will run on low-powered ARM hardware. Unlike Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 that powered the original Surface and Surface 2, this is a full version of Windows 10 with an emulation layer that allows it to run traditional desktop apps from outside the Windows Store.
With Windows on ARM PCs right around the corner now, benchmarks are starting to appear online, and they're not too exciting. This time, it's a 13-inch laptop from ASUS that's shown up (via WinFuture), codenamed TP370QL.
Someone once told me that if everyone has one feature that they really care about and want to see, mine would be ARM64 support for UWP apps. This isn't true, as anyone who knows me knows that it was always OneDrive placeholders, but ARM64 is something that I've tried to stay on top of, since it makes absolutely no sense that a developer can't compile an ARM64 UWP app.
Microsoft held a Community Standup with Kevin Gallo today, where he discussed what's coming in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, along with other things that are coming soon. When asked about ARM64 support for UWP, Gallo didn't have an answer, saying the following:
Windows 10 on ARM devices are set to launch later this year, potentially in time for the holidays. A recent build of Windows 10 had a number of files related to Windows 10 on ARM (ARM64), and it seems like Microsoft has already started uploading ARM64 builds of Windows 10 for Windows Update.
Yesterday, Intel published a blog post celebrating the 40th birthday of the 8086, which was the first x86 processor. But after the company boasted about the innovations that it's brought to the platform over the last four decades, it made what sounds like a veiled threat toward anyone emulating its technology without its permission.
Microsoft is working on a version of Windows 10 that will run on ARM hardware. Unlike Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 that powered the original Surface and Surface 2, this will be a full version of Windows 10 with an emulation layer that allows it to run traditional desktop apps from outside the Windows Store.
Microsoft, in conjunction with Qualcomm, announced its intentions last December to bring full Windows 10 and x86 apps to mobile devices running on ARM processors, a feature that was expected to make its debut in the Redstone 3 update (officially titled the Fall Creators Update). Coming through on its promise, the Redmond giant showed off Windows on ARM at its Build developer conference today.
Microsoft and Qualcomm announced Windows 10 on ARM in late 2016, with the two companies promising new devices developed with this emulation technology to see daylight this year. And now Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf has revealed that the first PCs running Windows 10 on ARM chips are projected to launch in the fourth quarter.
The Windows 10 Creators Update brought plenty of improvements for consumers and enterprises, but there are lot of new features for developers as well. And one of them is support for Cortana on the Raspberry Pi 3.
There have been rumors for the past several years that Windows Server would be coming to ARM. - Today, March 8, that rumor became an acknowledged reality, Microsoft officials said that the company is committed to use ARM chips in machines running its cloud services, as its officials told Bloomberg.
If Windows RT was known for one thing, it was for being locked to the Windows Store for all your apps and games. This in turn essentially killed Windows RT right out of the gate, as the Windows Store was lacking in apps from top developers.
Windows 10 Cloud is a new edition of Windows 10 that showed up for the first time in one of the recent Insider Builds released for the operating system.
Microsoft announced last week that future Qualcomm ARM processors would be able to run the full version of Windows 10, showing a demo of Photoshop running on a Snapdragon 820 processor that’s already available on a number of devices out there.
This week, Microsoft announced a new initiative with Qualcomm aimed at bringing full 32-bit Win32 compatibility to ARM devices running Windows 10 in 2017. It’s a significant change from the company’s previous ARM strategy, and it could finally clear the way for the kind of cross-platform compatibility that Microsoft promised (but didn’t actually deliver) when it launched Windows RT back in 2012.