Tech & Science Windows on ARM: Here to Stay

20:15  23 september  2020
20:15  23 september  2020 Source:   drwindows.de

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Around nine months ago a post appeared here that predicted a bleak future for Windows on ARM - or rather: none at all. The failure of Windows on ARM is more likely - and that's a shame I wrote at the time.

There were plenty of reasons for this pessimism: The Surface Pro X seemed to be the only device far and wide, the software availability made little or no progress, with Samsung, a prominent OEM seemed to be saying goodbye even before a planned product was introduced.

Three quarters of a year later I am pleased to find out that I was wrong. Windows on ARM was here to stay, there is hardly any doubt about it now. That doesn't mean that I want to make any euphoric predictions about the success of such devices, that's another story entirely. The latest developments, however, strengthen confidence that everyone involved is committed to the long term.

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As is well known, the Samsung Galaxy Book S has still appeared, Qualcomm recently introduced the second generation of the Snapdragon 8cx , on the basis of which Acer, Lenovo and HP are developing corresponding devices. The OEM base is getting wider, and you can remove the question mark behind the Surface Pro X with SQ2-CPU . The device is coming. Very soon. All other rumors from the linked post are also true.

Of course, the software is almost even more important than the hardware. Native ARM programs are still in short supply, but there are rumors that something will be done in this regard in the autumn. Since the 64-bit emulation is about to hit the home straight, at least almost all classic Windows programs will be able to run via the emulation in the future. With performance disadvantages that are sometimes measurable, sometimes noticeable, but can run.

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Another important building block that underlines the seriousness with which Windows on ARM is being pushed forward was announced by Microsoft at Ignite . : Windows on ARM will be part of the "App Assure" program for corporate customers. This program guarantees commercial buyers that all business-critical software will work. Where it does not, Microsoft developers provide a free remedy; in the case of Windows on ARM, they do so with the active support of Qualcomm. Put simply, the message is: "You can now buy these devices without hesitation, we will hold our hand for you".

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