Windows 10 for ARM Tablets: What are Microsoft’s Plans?

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Seems that Microsoft has shown their plans for the ARM tablets and these are showing up to get to a promising conclusion. The ARM devices will still be supported by the new Windows 10 operating system but it will not be supporting the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 tablets which run on the ARM Technologies Windows RT as these will not be available anymore in the Windows 10 systems.
Windows 10 for ARM Tablets
The ARM devices supported by the new Windows 10 that is yet to be released on the market as a stable operating system also include the ARM technology phones and the small tablets that are within the 8 inches range. The Windows 10 Technical Preview version has also not been released for phones but Microsoft is working hard to get this done in the shortest time possible.

ARM Tablets using Windows 10 operating system

The reason as for why the Windows 10 operating system will not be available for tablets larger than 8 inches is due to the fact that most of the hardware partners collaborating with Microsoft decided to stop activities on the low-power chips on tablets right after the year of 2012.

One of the top-selling partners as Lenovo also stopped selling the Windows RT products right after their initial launch and the reason as why they did this is simple; the new Intel chips simply took out the necessity of using the ARM-powered Windows tablets.

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Dell is also one of the main contractors that interrupted the activities regarding the Windows RT tablets at the start of 2013 thus leaving Microsoft as the only company who still provided the Windows RT tablets.

Basically, it is safe to say that in the discussions had so far by Microsoft the new Windows 10 operating system will work on some ARM tablets but not larger than 8 inches. We will also have to wait for further announcements from Microsoft and see what else they have in plan for the ARM Technology tablets used on the market.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview will be released on the market for our Smartphone’s at the start of March 2015 but we will have to wait at least a couple of months more for a detailed explanation on the ARM tablets using Windows 10 and a fixed date on when it will be available but it will mainly be very close to the structure and interface used on the Windows 10 for Smartphone’s.

Windows 10 ARM devices and features [2018 update]

Here we come with some fresh information about Windows 10 ARM tablets: they are on their way! One of the first great ARM-based devices is the Lenovo Miix 630 which you can use as a tablet but also as a laptop. HP also released a great PC/tablet based on Snapdragon 835 and you can have a quick review of it here.

We also have to mention that Windows 10 on ARM runs x86 apps so that could cover a wide range of Chromebook devices powered by ARM processors. We have great news for those of you who want to use the old Win 32 apps on their ARM-based devices – they are supported by Windows 10 on ARM. Windows phones and Surface devices based on ARM are still in development but we will update our article as soon as some information is offered by Redmond giant.

So there you have it, folks, you now have some information on how and when Microsoft will release the Windows 10 operating system for the ARM tablets smaller than 8 inches as well as for the Smartphone’s we so love to use. If you have any other news on this subject or you have further questions you can ask us below in the comments section of the page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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