Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips will support Windows 10 starting next year

Ricky, 07 December 2016

Qualcomm has teamed up with Windows to provide a way to run Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) on ARM-architecture processors such as those found in smartphones of the past couple of years. With next generation ARM CPUs, Windows would be able to run on Qualcomm CPUs with full compatibility.

At WinHEC today, both companies showed off the capability of the emulation by demoing the full-desktop version of Adobe Photoshop running (though emulated) on a Snapdragon CPU running Widows 10 64-bit edition.

This is not the first time Windows would be able to run on ARM devices, though the first attempt was less than successful. ARM-based Windows programs were not synonymous with the traditional 32-bit programs. This means developers had to rewrite their applications for compatibility with the ARM-based OS called Windows RT at the time.

”With full compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices.

New chips will need to be made for this type of compatibility, due to lack of standardization of the CPUs at this point in time. Qualcomm’s compatibility with Windows 10 will be thanks to the emulation of the x86 architecture that is needed for CPUs to run desktop-class applications.

Though, the emulation part raises some eyebrows, mobile processors have greatly improved in efficiency and thermal performance. It will be interesting to see the first Qualcomm chip to run x86 Windows 10. If successful, the supposed Microsoft Surface Phone could be a huge hit with fans of the Windows ecosystem for both work and play.

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

why not x64 architecture instead x86? it more capable to handle 4GB up memory, for multitasking it's really important. i wonder it's not only smartphone, on next step it would be a laptop with ARM based chip and it'll brings a lower power and less ...

  • rg

Dosbox is just an emulator for dos programs only or classic or retro or abandone dos apps which is supported by many os especially windows, linux, mac os, chrome os, android etc. Windows 10 on arm is emulation of the whole windows 10 OS in ARM CPU. W...

  • Anonymous

It's just an emulation. You can already run Windows programs and games on Android phones with an emulator (DosBox), so nothing new. Or does it have better performance than the actual emulators? I'm waiting for the day when the phones' CPU will b...

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