- During this year's Build conference, Microsoft has just unveiled its new mini-PC.
- Project Volterra uses a Snapdragon processor and a neural processing unit (NPU).
- Microsoft built this with developers in mind, for building cloud-native AI apps.
- Also coming soon is a much needed ARM64 version of the Visual Studio software.
Wondering what else was cooking behind closed doors over at Redmond? Well, the secret is out now, so we might as well share it with the rest of the world.
Your favorite tech company is actually working on a native Arm64 version of Visual Studio 2022 and also a miniature Arm PC.
It’s important to know that a preview version of an Arm native version of Visual Studio 2022 will be available in the next few weeks.
Microsoft also stated that the above-mentioned software is expected to ship fully later this year alongside Arm64 .NET support.
Microsoft promises full ARM64 support for Visual Studio
Until now, ARM devices have been totally able to run Visual Studio through x64 emulation, although some of the features haven’t received support.
Now, everyone is focusing on native Arm support for Visual Studio 2022 and VS Code, and the Redmond tech company is creating an Arm-native toolchain.
Support for this includes full Visual Studio 2022 & VS Code, Visual C++, Modern .NET 6 and Java, Classic .NET Framework, Windows Terminal, and WSL and WSA for running Linux and Android apps.
We want you to build cloud-native AI applications with native Arm64 Visual Studio, .NET support and Project Volterra coming later this year, we are releasing new tools to help you take the first step on this journey.Panos Panay
Furthermore, Microsoft has partnered with Qualcomm to create an Arm-powered developer device, which is called Project Volterra.
This new mini-PC actually uses a Snapdragon processor and a neural processing unit (NPU) to allow developers to build cloud-native AI apps.
It has a stackable design so developers can stack multiple Project Volterra PCs on their desks or inside server racks if they purchase multiple units.
There has to be some sort of mystery around this new project, so Microsoft isn’t revealing the exact specs just yet.
From what we can observe, Project Volterra does have three USB ports at the rear, alongside a DisplayPort and Ethernet port.
There are also two USB-C ports at the side of the device, and the device is manufactured from recycled ocean plastic.
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