Microsoft Corp. has just announced that its latest operating system, the Windows 10, will be running on devices with Qualcomm processors.
Microsoft announced the details of the team up, dubbed 'Project Evo' through a post.
"To deliver on customers' growing need to create on the go, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is coming to ARM architecture through a partnership with Qualcomm. For the first time, customers will be able to experience the Windows they know with the apps, peripherals and enterprise capabilities they require, o a truly mobile, power-efficient, always-connected cellular PC."
This move is seen by Bloomberg as a possible start of the end of Intel's dominance in personal computers. It also means that there is now a possibility for a Windows 10 PC powered by Snapdragon, runs on x86 Win32, and integrated with universal Windows apps like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, and Windows games.
The move is exclusive to Qualcomm processors and not all ARM products. As a matter of fact, the two companies have already set their sights on the Snapdragon 835 System-on-Chip (SoC) which will be released during the latter part of next year.
Qualcomm Corp. is the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors for phone use. Its chips are considered some of the best in the market thanks to having "the world's most advance mobile feature". Christiano Amon, executive VP of Qualcomm, enumerated their processors' main features which included Gigabit LTE connectivity, machine learning, advanced multimedia support, and top-of-the line hardware security features, among others.
Amon also has this to say about the partnership with Microsoft:
"With 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 computer devices."
According to PC Gamer, Microsoft has been in this position before. Before the recent announcement, the company worked on bringing Windows to ARM devices. It first tried the Windows RT, a version of Windows 8.x on 32-bit ARM devices, but it was not a huge hit in the market.
As it turns out, Microsoft has just been working in silence with Qualcomm.