Microsoft and Qualcomm team up for Windows ARM computers

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
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Microsoft and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a joint project that would see a Windows 10 alternative emerge following the principles of Windows RT. According to Qualcomm’s vice president of product management, Qualcomm is looking to provide a “credible” solution that will be recognized as Windows 10. Neither side wants to create confusion as to how many versions of Windows 10 there are.

Windows ARM computers are the new thing

There are several differences between the upcoming Windows ARM and Windows RT. The latter doesn’t support x86 applications while Windows ARM will through emulation. One of the goals of this project is to provide long lasting battery life for devices as well as constant uptime on connectivity.

It’s going to take a while

Apparently, the roll-out process for new ARM-powered computers is predicted to be pretty slow but they are expected to drop in 2017, which is a plus. The process would then continue onwards into 2018 and 2019, meaning that the two companies are looking at a pretty long commitment to this project. As far as processing power goes, Qualcomm is supplying its latest chip model the Snapdragon 835. There have been a lot of talks about the new Snapdragon 835 chip, with many claiming it represents Qualcomm at the top of their game.

New features keep it connected

The LTE and Bluetooth 5 features will definitely help keep devices connected at all times, but they also make an impact as far as the price of the eventual product is concerned. Qualcomm’s vice president of product management also went out to say that the devices would be priced in a “sweet spot”. Whatever that means, it’s translatable into “not extremely expensive”.

While Windows ARM is an idea many can get behind, it will take some time before users will be able to actually check out one of these new computers. Qualcomm’s VP also expressed his desire to see Microsoft’s Windows Holographic headset using the Snapdragon 835 chip, but to implement that would surely take a long enough time that there wouldn’t be a point to talking about it now.

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