Windows 10 Mobile to gain 64-bit support according to Microsoft

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On more than one occasion, Microsoft declared that its committed to Windows 10 Mobile and while they are not talking too much about new hardware, it seems it is focusing more on improving the software.

One way for the company to achieve its goal is to push Windows 10 Mobile to 64-bit. This means that more powerful hardware could be used for devices running this OS and thus flagships could enjoy better performance. The current 32-bit architecture the OS is based on limits Windows 10 Mobile phones and tablets to a maximum 4GB of RAM, a huge drawback. This also stands in the way of the company’s plan to work together with more partners and create more phones running its OS. Moreover, a 64-bit version could also bring support for new hardware already being used on other platforms.

The Snapdragon 820 CPU is currently supported by Windows 10 Mobile but it has to limit its performance because of the lack of 64-bit support. This makes the same chip perform better on an Android device, where it’s already used in several models such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

According to the latest declarations from Microsoft, this is going to change. It is apparently now working on providing 64-bit support for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

Jason Witherborn, manager at the partner software engineer section at the Windows and Devices Group in Microsoft, said that the company would continue to support the Windows 10 Mobile users while also building new devices.

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  • Nice, I do like seeing that they are moving to 64bit. That being said, this would probably only be useful on something like an 8″ tablet running Win10 Mobile, which I’m desperately hoping to see at some point. A small tablet running Mobile would potentially have applications on it that would require more RAM than what we see on the phone. I’m thinking like aviation applications such as ForeFlight, FltPlan, FlyQ, etc. where they have to load up the sectional maps plus the weather in a moving map fashion.

  • Why all the talk about using more than 4gb of ram in a smartphone and all IOS devices are either on 2gb or 3gb right now and the newer Samsung devices are on 4gb all running the 64bit OSes. So why talk about Windows OS being ltd to 3gb/4gb and IOS and Android right now are on that and running without issue. So instead of making any argument based on GB limitation, instead just focus on switching to 64bit, case closed. All MS would have to do is when RS2 is ready for release, release it as 64bit. It would immediately make all devices running the WM10 OS that much faster especially the 950/XL, HP X3 and any other device that will be released running the OS. I strongly believe it would essentially fix a lot of the bugs that is hampering the 810 chips in the 950/XL from giving the users a premium experience. That would explain why this W10M OS is giving so much trouble with various people. Jumping from WP8.1 to W10M was a big jump in number and evidenced with what’s now in W10M compared to WP8.1. So only logical would have been for MS to introduce W10M as a 64bit OS instead of the 32bit we still have. Don’t think anyone really installs W10 for PC as 32bit anyways, so why give it out as 32bit on mobile?