Microsoft has partnered with Qualcomm to embed ARM architecture on to Windows 10 because of the growing demands for PC apps in the mobile phone environment from on-the-go customers.
While some company watchers are expecting the addition of Far-field Voice to enable OEMs to build Windows-based devices similar to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, Ji made it clear during her session that Microsoft’s focus – even with devices running the Internet-of-Things (IoT) Core version of Windows 10 – will be to have Cortana work on devices with screens, not those without screens.
Windows announced on Wednesday through Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC) in China about a partnership with Qualcomm to expand its reach more in mobile devices ARM processors.
A report from Wall Street Journal mentioned that the partnership will then result in an update of Windows 10’s capability to run Snapdragon chips.
Together, developments like these could signal that significant shifts in the microprocessor market are on the horizon.
However, that project flopped because most applications failed to run on Windows devices.
Specifically, Microsoft claims that when it comes to its install base, Windows 10 is now the number one option with a share of 43 percent in the month of August, while Windows 7 is second with 42 percent.
Aside from being able to run full versions of Microsoft’s software (Office suite, Edge browser), the test machine run Adobe Photoshop as well as World of Tanks video game without any problems, and the whole experience looked very smooth and snappy. Traditionally limited to low-power applications, ARM chips are becoming increasingly powerful and bring the added advantages of support for longer battery life and cellular-based, always-on connectivity.
With Windows 10, Microsoft brought Windows Phone’s personal assistant, Cortana, to new types of devices.
Thanks to “compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices”, Qualcomm executive vice president Cristiano Amon said yesterday in a press announcement.
This is poised to be a defining moment in computing & mobile history.
As for Consumers, it will be a welcome break from obscenely-priced products with no choice but to upgrade, year-after-year!