Qualcomm Snapdragon Supports Windows 10; Window-Powered Devices Looking Like Phones; Microsoft Pushing Windows 10 Beyond PC Form? [Video]By yasi bilangel, UniversityHerald Reporter
The Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will be supporting Windows 10 with Microsoft aiming to bring its software to thin, light and portable devices that feel and look like phones. In so doing, Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 out of PC form and not exclusively reliant on Intel's X86 processors.
Microsoft may have moved beyond its erroneous but expensive $7 billion dollars acquisition of Nokia, but the software giant may still pursue a smartphone direction using Windows 10. The Redmond, Washington-based firm is working with Qualcomm, the mobile chipmaker that has powered almost all of the smartphones in the market today.
Microsoft aims to have a full Windows 10 operating on mobile processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon. It will be a first for the software company to have Windows on ARM processors, but this is in line with Microsoft's direction to have smaller devices that could fully operate on Windows 10. The company plans to build an emulator into the operating system to enable Windows 10 to support ARM chips according to The Verge.
This is not an unprecedented feat for Apple has achieved a similar task with its custom-made mobile chip currently used in the iPhone 7. The said chip is able to catch up in function and performance with Intel's processor as reported by the benchmarking site, Geekbench.
Qualcomm has revealed that it will unveil the very first device with Windows 10 by the second half of 2017. The mobile chipmaker is currently working on its next generation mobile processor, the Snapdraon 835, which will start shipping in smartphone handsets by the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, Microsoft is bent on veering away from tradition and reliance of Windows 10 on Intel's processors.
Terry Myerson, executive vice-president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group expressed his excitement on collaborating with Qualcomm and bringing Windows 10 into the "ARM ecosystem," Forbes reported. Microsoft may not have successfully infiltrated the smartphone market, but its present direction of bringing Windows 10 in handheld devices proves to be promising.