Since when have we been seeing and hearing of Windows OS running in an emulated environment? Various companies have been doing their best to increase the portability of devices such as laptops so that you can have a full productivity suite at your disposal, wherever you may be. Haven’t any of you wondered why we don’t simply run the full version of Windows on ARM-powered notebooks? Well, it’s partly because Intel and AMD have a stronghold on the X64/86 market. The good news? We feel it’s about to be disrupted.
The revolution may have begun. A while back Microsoft announced that its Windows 10 platform would compatible with ARM chipsets. Those are what you find in your everyday phones, tablets, phablets and other portable devices, not quite as powerful as full-fledged computers, but not without a multitude of perks to make up for their lack of raw processing power. Now, this isn’t the first time the software giant is attempting to bring more functionality to the mobile sector, remember the Windows RT and their Surface lineup. However, now sources close to the inner workings of this particular matter are saying that Microsoft isn’t the only one who’s going in that direction. It is believed that Lenovо too will be joining in the ARM-Powered portable computing machines race.
Worth keeping in mind is that ARM SoC’s have reached a point where they are powerful enough for most usage scenarios. Most people don’t need a lot of power when, for example, they are browsing the Internet. Also, economists would say, the larger the scale, the cheaper is the production. And ARM is everywhere. In our phones, in our appliances, in our cars. And it’s also very cheap. What this makes us think is that there’s some great competition brewing on the horizon in the market for cheap notebooks.
The most likely scenarios are that Windows 10 will be run either through a layer of emulation or the select devices will run a cloud-based version of Windows 10, so the finer details of the project have not yet been set in stone. One thing that’s been disclosed previously is that a Snapdragon 835 would serve as the bare minimum for enjoying the mobile Windows 10 experience, though there is a demo in the wild showing how a Snapdragon 820 might also be capable enough.
Very dynamic times await us with Intel’s facing some real competition in the face of AMD’s Ryzen and now with ARM’s partnering with Microsoft to bring a full-fledged operating system to the mobile, not to mention we don’t know how this will affect the Android or iOS market either, it’s within reason to assume that some very volatile scenarios might unfold, but either way it’s the consumer that benefits from fierce competition so we say let them have at it!