It is not a secret anymore that Microsoft is porting its Windows 10 operating system to run on ARM-based devices. Before the end of 2016, it was reported that the software giant successfully converted its current OS to run on a Snapdragon 820-based mobile device. After that, Microsoft announced that it will start working on porting the said operating system to the Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm seems to confirm that the upcoming ARM-based Windows 10 device will be coming just before the end of 2017.
According to IDG Enterprise’s CIO, Microsoft and Qualcomm are collaborating on a design of a cellular PC that runs on an ARM chip instead of an Intel or AMD processor. Unfortunately, details of the device are still a bit murky. However, it is said that the device in question will have direct cellular connectivity. Also, 5th generation Bluetooth wireless technology will be a main feature of the device. Further, it seems that the build of the device will be a 2-in-1 form factor enabling it to function as a tablet or a laptop.
With this news, many are now beginning to think that this is the new Surface Pro 5. Especially now that it is rumored that the Surface Book will eventually assume a clamshell design instead of the 2-in-1 form factor.
Unfortunately, Microsoft decline to comment on the report. However, as Qualcomm puts it, the said ARM-powered Windows 10 device will be available on the fourth quarter of 2017.
At the moment, Microsoft is still perfecting the conversion of the Windows 10 operating system to ARM instruction set. It has been showcased late last year that the idea works in general. However, at the time of introduction, Microsoft is still sorting out major bugs in the system.
It would seem that Microsoft is diversifying its portfolio starting with the ARM SoC. As more ARM-based products are being released year after year, it is only logical that Microsoft aims for the platform as well. This now leaves the question of Apple following suit with Microsoft. Unfortunately, the Cupertino company already clarified that it does not have any intentions of releasing a fully ARM-powered MacBook or MacBook Pro anytime soon. However, it may require ARM chips on some of its peripherals for its line of Mac computers. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.