Microsoft and Qualcomm will work hand-in-hand to launch ARM and Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 laptops in the fourth quarter this year.
According to Tech Times, the Redmond-based tech giant's second shot at bringing Windows 10 to ARM will be unveiled to its patrons before this year ends. In fact, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf already divulged that Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 laptops will make its first appearance in the fourth quarter.
It can be recalled that the first endeavor of Microsoft of carrying Windows into ARM-based hardware and Windows RT has been considered as a letdown. Nevertheless, the company along with Qualcomm hopes that it could make it this time around.
The Indian Express has noted that to support ARM chips, Microsoft is constructing an emulator into the operating system. The Redmond-based tech company is conveying x86 or 32-bit support for Qualcomm processors.
Nevertheless, running x64 apps won't be difficult as Microsoft claims that there will be support for "apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities," to let a mobile, power proficient version of Windows 10 laptops. The company further stated that the ARM processors in Windows 10 PCs will aid in refining battery life and cellular connectivity on Qualcomm gadgets
Moreover, it has been mentioned that Qualcomm hasn't exposed its partners in creating the ARM-powered laptops. Microsoft has stated in a post that "Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and popular Windows games."
It has been noted that Microsoft earlier stated that it is working thoroughly with numerous ARM server suppliers, including Qualcomm and Cavium to convey support for ARM chips on Windows Server OS. As a matter of fact, Leendert van Doorn; who is an Engineer at Microsoft stated that the company feels that ARM servers represent a real prospect and some Microsoft cloud services already have future arrangement plans on ARM servers."
Microsoft hopes that it will succeed this time. Also, a news outlet has claimed that ARM and Snapdragon-powered laptops will be tagged at a lower price.