Microsoft Partners Qualcomm to Bring Full Windows 10 & Desktop Apps to ARM Devices

Microsoft Partners Qualcomm to Bring Full Windows 10 & Desktop Apps to ARM Devices Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to enable Windows 10 on mobile devices to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, enabling mobile, power efficient, always-connected cellular PC devices.

Announcing the partnership at its Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said that Windows 10 and native Windows apps can now run on ARM-based processors like Qualcomm's Snapdragon series.

The first PCs running Windows 10 based on Snapdragon processors are expected to be available as early as next year. 

Snapdragon can be designed to support Windows 10 PCs to combine the best of computing and productivity with the cutting edge consumer electronics technologies available in today’s leading smartphones.

New Windows 10 PCs powered by Snapdragon can be designed to support x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows 10 gaming titles. 

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies
Qualcomm Snapdragon processors offer one of the world’s most advanced mobile computing features, including Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning and superior hardware security features, all while supporting thin, fan-less designs and long battery life.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft
Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love - touch, pen, Windows Hello, and more - anytime, anywhere.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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