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.
So in case you’re thinking about picking up a Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 laptop, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
The very thought of Windows 10 on ARM devices takes many of us back to the Windows RT days which was a complete and utter failure any which way you look at it. However, the two are as different from one another as oil is from water. Windows RT didn’t allow end-users to run traditional desktop software, nor did it allow developers to compile their desktop programs for ARM processors. The result? Developers and consumers both stayed a long way away from the platform, resulting in its quick and untimely death.