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

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

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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