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Future ARM devices to run x86 programs not published in the Store

Surface Phone concept


Microsoft demonstrated Windows 10 on Qualcomm processors

The ultra-mobile cellular PCs are one step closer after BUILD 2017. During the developer-focused conference in Seattle, Microsoft demonstrated an engineering device powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. The device runs full Windows 10 Professional, and it can install and run all apps available for Windows, including UWP Store apps, and classic x86 programs downloadable from the web.

Microsoft explains that Windows 10 on ARM will run all Store apps natively, while the Win32 apps are emulated using custom Windows on Windows (WoW) emulation for x86 on x64.

With Windows 10 S and Windows 10 (S) on ARM, along with the introduction of new apps to the Store (Spotify, iTunes, Ubuntu), Microsoft may not only pave the way for the first laptops and tablets based on ARM processors, but also for the long-rumored ultramobile Surface device. The first ARM devices with Windows 10 (not Mobile) should be coming to the market by the end of this year.

via Mspu