What a time to be alive, Microsoft has recently announced that the Windows 10 will be able to run on ARM-based processors. This announcement at the WinHEC 2016 came as a surprise and is expected to take on the mobile computing segment by storm. With the support for ARM, Windows 10 apps can run on a huge range of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Processors, which is also powering a bulk of Android ecosystem. The best part is that one can also run native Windows x86 apps, something that only HP Elite X3 could do as of now.
Windows 10 on Qualcomm Snapdragon
While one might argue that most of the app are have been repackaged as Windows Universal app, still some of the high end graphic intense app run only on x86. For instance, one could simply run the exact same version of the Photoshop which is present on your Windows 10 PC on tablets and smartphones as well. Or even a Microsoft Office suite or a Windows game. This is something huge and this will bring some heated competition in the mobile computing world. Mistake not this is not Windows RT and is a full version of Windows 10 that has been recompiled to support Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware.
For instance, one could simply run the exact same version of the Photoshop which is present on your Windows 10 PC on tablets and smartphones as well. Or even a Microsoft Office suite or a Windows game. This is something huge and this will bring some heated competition in the mobile computing world. Mistake not this is not Windows RT and is a full version of Windows 10 that has been recompiled to support Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware.
Just to put things in better perspective Microsoft has put up a demo video of Windows 10 running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and running full-fledged versions of Adobe Photoshop. The demonstration is detailed and it gives users a sneak peek at what they can expect from the Windows 10 on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.
The demo machine runs 64-bit Enterprise Edition with 4GB of RAM which can be Domain joined as with Windows machines running on any other processors. Then the video goes on to showcase the power of the four core Snapdragon processor and also shows how speedy the browser experience is on Microsoft Edge.
Also, Windows on the Qualcomm device will feature full touch support and pen functionality. With the Windows Ink, support one can highlight or draw directly on the Webpage. Running FHD videos on smaller machines was not a smooth affair but the in the Video the author runs an FHD trailer of a movie without any stuttering or sluggishness.
My favorite is how seamlessly Photoshop could run via the magic simulation technology. The software runs perfectly without any changes and downgrading on the features end. The demo shows how all the advanced features in the Photoshop can be used including filters and shadows.
Moving further the video shows how seamlessly popular Windows games like “World of Tanks Blitz” run. Last but not the least Office Apps suite which is lauded as the ultimate productivity tool runs in a full-fledged manner. As expected the Office apps too perform well without any lags and delays.
Overall the Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is smooth, crisp, functional and lag free. In all likelihood, this will open the floodgates for a deluge of mobile Windows 10 devices based on ARM processor at affordable price range. In the meanwhile, you can watch the demo below.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.