Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) dropped a bit of a bombshell a few days ago. The company announced it was partnering with Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to bring Windows 10 to devices running chips based on ARM Holdings processors. Yesterday, MSFT showed off Windows PC applications running on a QCOM Snapdragon CPU. Windows on ARM is no Windows RT and it’s about to make 2017 a very interesting year.
Windows RT was an attempt by Microsoft to port Windows functionality to ARM processors. As part of the company’s initial foray into tablets, Windows RT was used to power the cheaper, consumer-focused Surface RT.
The idea was that ARM-based CPUs — the processors used in smartphones and tablets like Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad– would let let Microsoft release tablets that were thinner and easier on batteries than ones running on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processors.