Last week, Microsoft?s announcement came in as both a surprise and welcomed relief. The software giant just announced that it has successfully ported its Windows 10 operating system to ARM processors. This version of Windows will unravel a plethora of portable connected devices running on Microsoft?s operating system. The success story sparked rumors that Microsoft is now preparing to release a Surface tablet based on the Qualcomm?s Snapdragon.
Microsoft?s success in making its highly popular operating system to run on ARM-based devices could spur massive opportunities. Consumers could be looking at some Windows-based ARM devices pretty soon. Since Microsoft?s main product is the Surface line of devices, it could be that it might release a Surface tablet in 2017.
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To clarify, this purported tablet is different from the much hyped Surface Pro 5. The Surface Pro 5 is and will remain to have Intel Kaby Lake on its release. The supposed Surface tablet will run on Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 835.
Early last week, Microsoft showcased a version of Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 820 based system. The demo showed the OS running various system applications like File Explorer, System Settings, and the Microsoft Edge web browser. In the latter part of the demo, the system ran a full Adobe Photoshop application and performed some image editing processes.
In essence, the demo showed that with enough optimization, ARM-based systems can run Windows and all installed applications. That being said, a Snapdragon-based Surface tablet might indeed turn up sometime next year. It could be that Microsoft will release the lower spec tablet along with its high performance Surface Pro 5. Perhaps, the software giant is planning on penetrating the basic consumer-level tablet market. If this happens, the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini could be looking at a direct competition.
To date, Microsoft has not said a word regarding its rumored Surface Pro 5. All that is known at the moment is that the tablet will sport an Intel Kaby Lake processor.
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