Following the demise of Windows RT, and the seeming flop of Windows 10 Mobile, it would seem almost sacrificial to think that Microsoft would still have heavy investment in Windows 10 on any ARM-based hardware, however that’s not what Microsoft is as a company, and they’ve shown another example of that today with Windows 10 running on the most unlikely hardware ever.
For those unaware, Windows 10 typically runs on x86 hardware, which in laments terms means it’s limited to Intel and AMD’s Processor Architecture. The last time Microsoft stepped out of that door was with Windows 8 and the RT platform, however efforts failed to impress, though it’s fair to say the product was not fit for release at the time, but it looks like now the tides have turned completely;
Windows 10 Running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
Video provided by Windows on YouTube.
Whilst showcasing the Windows platform on a different architecture isn’t difficult, the real effort where Microsoft have gone above and beyond is in running programs (.exe files) not ready for the new environment, and running those programs effortlessly as if the PC was an Intel/AMD based machine, which is huge.
One thing we always find rather ironic about technology is how the most difficult of things to accomplish are the ones you can’t physically see, in terms of an uneducated viewer this is just a PC running some programs like any other, but at the heart of that accomplishment is incredible work which is going to define the future of Computing going forward.
What this means about Windows 10 Mobile
One of the biggest features of Windows 10 Mobile is a feature called ‘Continuum’, which allows you to run an App on your phone, however when paired with a Display, the app will run as it would on a generic PC.
This functionality has previously been limited to select Store apps which are able to support it, based on the fact that all phones run on ARM based processors, and such can’t have .exe files, for example, lying around as they’re rendered useless to the device.
But, consider this; imagine a mobile phone you can take around in you in your pocket, which can not house powerful mobile applications, but also house the entirety of both power and functionality of a Desktop PC, this is where we’re heading and we can’t wait for it.
This, at the moment, remains just a glimpse of what we could do, but damn is it gonna get so much better.