Microsoft and Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 and x86 desktop apps to mobile devices

2016-Dec-08 | Tags: compatibilitydesktopemulatorphonequalcommwin10x86

Windows on ARMLast month, details emerged of Microsoft's plans to bring emulation for x86 apps to Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. Those efforts were rumored to debut in Microsoft's 'Redstone 3' update in late 2017, and were said to be in development under the codename 'Cobalt'.


But today, Microsoft and chipmaker Qualcomm jointly announced details of their collaboration to support full Windows 10 on ARM processors with x86 app emulation. Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips will be the first ARM-based processors to support Windows 10, with the ability to run full desktop-class applications on smartphones and power-efficient PCs.

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