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Microsoft-Qualcomm deal finally puts Windows 10 and Win32 apps on ARM devices

Mark Hachman | Dec. 12, 2016
Think of it as Windows RT 2.0, but done right.

Unfortunately, we won’t know how the new class of Snapdragon PCs will actually fare until Qualcomm ships the 835 and reviewers can get their hands on devices running the emulated software. The emulator won't run on today’s hardware, meaning we’ll have to wait until the end of 2017 to discover how well it works. (Microsoft's video, above, shows how well Windows runs on a Snapdragon 820, though.)

surface phone 1 new Nadir Aslam

The Surface phone has achieved mythic status before it ever ships.

Hello again, Surface...phone?

Microsoft also isn’t saying anything about the fabled Surface phone, which has been an on-again, off-again proposition for many months. The phone—which may not even be a phone—has been rumored to ship sometime next year. One of its flagship features was supposedly Win32 apps, a feature that looked increasingly doubtful when Intel killed most of its Atom chips

In light of Myerson’s earlier comments, however, the Surface phone could in fact be a small, Snapdragon-powered, cellular-connected device—not one you hold to your ear, but one you can talk to on your desk via Bluetooth or Skype.

Microsoft apparently sees Windows on ARM as a game-changing technology. But what that game actually will look like is still intriguingly hazy. 

Updated at 8:24 PM with Microsoft's demonstration video.

 

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