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5 Things To Know About The First ARM-Powered Windows 10 Devices

Kyle Alspach

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Until now, Windows 10 has never worked with processors that have ARM architecture, which are known to require less power than Intel processors. Qualcomm Snapdragon processors — used in many Android smartphones such as those made by Samsung, Google and LG — use ARM architecture. Apple's iPhone processors also use ARM architecture. Starting with the initial devices from HP and Asus, Windows 10 devices will now be able to use Qualcomm/ARM processors, as well. Lenovo will be next up with ARM-powered devices after HP and Asus, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to include software to emulate x86 applications, so that developers don't need to develop new versions of the apps to run on the ARM-based Windows devices. Judging by a blog post from Intel in June, Intel appears poised to dispute the move by Microsoft.

 
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