Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 update to run all desktop apps on mobile

Microsoft is shifting it's focus to ARM chips after four long years, making it possible for millions of tablet and laptop users to access traditional desktop applications.

Upcoming Windows 10 devices running ARM chips will be able to support all win32 applications, letting you use them as perfect hybrid devices.

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Microsoft hasn't been very successful with Windows 10 Mobile, and one reason for that was that people thought that if Windows were to come to smartphones, then they should be allowed to access traditional Windows applications on their smartphones which they have been accessing on desktops for over two decades. What Microsoft instead offered wasn't much different from what was already there in the smartphone market, and jittery performance of Windows 10 Mobile, especially on Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones, complicated things further. Microsoft has since taken the wise decision of ditching smartphone development for the moment.

What Microsoft is now doing is taking a new route to enable laptop, tablet and smartphone users to use traditional win32 applications on their devices. The company is enabling this by including ARM processors in future Windows 10 devices and will call the concept 'Windows 10 on ARM.' Thanks to ARM chips with support from Qualcomm processors, Windows 10 devices like laptops, tablets and even smartphones will be able to run traditional win32 applications.

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"Think of it as the Windows 10 customers know. I think people are going to have to experience the devices for themselves. I think that for many people it's going to be a very delightful experience,” said Terry Myerson, Windows and device chief to The Verge. The idea is to bring in Windows 10 devices which will not only support desktop applications, but will also come with cellular connectivity and brilliant battery life. The way upcoming Windows 10 devices will work will also be no different to how we run our laptops and tablets, so switching over to the new type won't require any adjustments or familiarising on the customer's part.

At the same time, Microsoft will continue to sell Windows 10 devices with Intel chips but it will be for the customer to device if he wants to access win32 applications via ARM chips or use Intel-based devices for regular usage. The first devices with ARM chips will start rolling out from next year and given how desktops are gradually giving way to smaller devices, we expect Windows 10 devices with ARM chips to be embraced by a large percentage of the population, especially corporate users. 

via The Verge

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