Microsoft has revealed to the world tonight its plans for Windows 10 along with hardware. Windows 10 for PC the full desktop version is coming to mobile ARM processors in 2017.
Microsoft managed to get x86 code for the Windows 10 on the ARM architecture. Windows 10 is coming to ARM through our partnership with Qualcomm. Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and popular Windows games and more.
Microsoft was working on this project under code named cellular PCs. Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson revealed the news at WinHEC:
Finally, to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go, we announced today that Windows 10 is coming to ARM through our partnership with Qualcomm. For the first time ever, our customers will be able to experience the Windows they know with all the apps, peripherals, and enterprise capabilities they require, on a truly mobile, power efficient, always-connected cellular PCs.
However, the hardware required for Windows 10 on ARM starts with the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 flagship SoC. The new Snapdragon 835, which is already in production and expected in devices sometime in early 2017. The Snapdragon features 27% higher performance while drawing 40% less power than the previous Snapdragon 820/821 SoCs.
The new silicon also features Quick Charge 4.0 tech, which means that a five-minute charge to be enough for 4-5 hours of life for a phone, and 15 minute of charge will bring up 50% of battery life.
Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new thin, lightweight, power-efficient and always-connected Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps
Users will be able to install any x86 Win32 app – unmodified – from any source, no repackaging as UWP or delivery via the Windows Store required.
Company also demonstrated the power of the Snapdragon 835, and shows how a device can run smoothly the full Adobe Photoshop app along with Microsoft Office.
That's not at all. Here's one more thing. Company also planning to help customers so that they can easily buy data directly from the Windows Store. And user can use it as Wi-Fi and cellular networks, consume data, and also can manage costs. Basically the Windows Store will host these data plans, so user can easily purchase it and manage usage of it.
The eSIM technology lets users switch providers and plans without the hassle of getting a new physical SIM. Carriers like AT&T, Etisalat, Vodafone, Telefoni can take advantage of eSIM technology to build devices without an exposed SIM slot.
Not yet, but soon Windows 10 will gain support for eSIM maybe with Redstone 3.
Company is expecting that the new device which will run Windows 10 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will hit market in mid next year. Which will definitely blow all the computing experience and put it on the new threshold. Of course, these devices are likely to be tablets, two-in-ones or and Ultrabook.
Are you excited to see cellular PCs with Windows10 running on Qualcomm Snapdragon?