Windows ARM - Hardware and Software News
Microsoft abandoned Windows phones, the community didn’t, and here we are checking out unofficial ports of Windows 10 installed on Lumia models.
Ever since Microsoft and Qualcomm announced in December 2016 that full Windows 10 would be coming to ARM processors, the question on everyone's mind has been how well those x86 apps will run. After all, we all know that legacy Win32 apps don't perform well and drain more power than UWP apps, but since they'll be run with emulation, one would assume that the cost would be even greater.
Earlier this week, Windows Phone Internals 2.3 became available for download, allowing any non-technical user with a Lumia handset root the device. The tool basically allows you to bypass the SecureBoot on all Lumia phones after successfully unlocking the bootloader.
Both Windows Phone and Windows RT have no future in Microsoft’s vision, Windows 10 Mobile is dead after the update released in April 2017. Not so long ago we reported that the new version of Windows Phone Internals tool is available, allowing users to unlock the bootloader of their Lumia Windows Phone handsets.
Always-Connected PCs, the end result of years of work by Microsoft and Qualcomm on the vision for Windows on ARM, will soon be available. With multiple OEMs gearing up to reveal their take on the new class of 'cellular PCs' before the end of the year, Microsoft has now announced the list of carriers who will provide connectivity to these devices.
HP and Asus both unveiled their ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops last month, and now it’s Lenovo’s turn. At CES this week, Lenovo is unveiling the Miix 630, a 2-in-1 detachable tablet / laptop hybrid that’s similar to the company’s previous Miix tablets.
Microsoft just recently revealed its play on the ARM platform that has Windows fans both excited and skeptical. On the one hand, it is a return of the operating system to a CPU platform that is hailed for its battery longevity, thermal management, and performance efficiency. On the other hand, it may feel like deja vu.
Asus and HP are two of the companies that will bring Windows 10 on ARM laptops to the market in the coming months, but it looks like the new project is already gaining some love from more manufacturers, including Samsung and Xiaomi.
Windows RT for ARM may have been a resounding failure but, Microsoft never stopped trying to put its ubiquitous PC operating system on RISC (reduced instruction set computers) devices. With the launch of Windows 10 on ARM, the Redmond-based software giant will now hope to finally get a foothold in a market thus far dominated by Google and Apple with Android and iOS respectively.
Windows 10 on ARM is a real thing now and the first device will see daylight in just a few months. - Even though Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 845 chip, the first Windows 10 on ARM devices, also referred to as Always Connected PCs, will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, a chip that debuted earlier this year on the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Last week, I was at the Snapdragon Summit in Maui where the company announced several new products including a few laptops that run Windows that are based on an ARM processor. The devices, one by ASUS and the other by HP, are a glimpse into the future of computing but both the vendors and Microsoft have a lot of work ahead of them.
Yesterday was the first day of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, where the company brought its partners on stage for a range of announcements. AMD took to the stage to announce that its partners will be producing Always Connected PCs with AMD processors and Qualcomm modems, but HP and ASUS also announced the first Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 PCs.
Always Connected PCs are now a real thing, as Microsoft officially unveiled the Windows on ARM project with help from HP and ASUS. And while these PCs are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also available on mobile devices, not the full feature set is being offered, as the chipset has been specifically optimized for desktop computers.
Microsoft just launched a version of Windows 10 that will run on low-powered ARM hardware. Unlike Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 that powered the original Surface and Surface 2, this is a full version of Windows 10 with an emulation layer that allows it to run traditional desktop apps from outside the Windows Store.
At its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii today, Qualcomm brought its partners onstage to announce the first Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 PCs. Alongside the ASUS NovaGo, HP unveiled the Envy x2. I got to spend some time with the latter, and it's an interesting device.