Items tagged with windows 10 on arm

Back in September 2020, Qualcomm debuted the flagship Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform for Windows 10 on Arm devices. This was a slight refresh of its predecessor, with the major update being the addition of a standalone Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Today, however, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 to steps into the limelight, and it features new optimizations compared to its low power predecessor as well. The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 has been tweaked for increased performance and efficiency over the first-generation chip, although the differences are more subtle. While Kryo 468 CPU in the original Snapdragon 7c is clocked at up to 2.4GHz, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 boosts the maximum clock to 2.55GHz.... Read more...
After a lengthy technical preview, Parallels has officially released Parallels Desktop version 16.5 which includes official support for Apple's latest Macs. That includes support for the 2020 Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro which all bear the Apple Silicon M1 processor. Supported guests include Windows 10's Insider Preview for Arm 64 and multiple Linux distributions.  During the preview period, we discovered that the Arm version of Windows ran pretty well, even when the guest OS is limited to just 4 GB of RAM and four CPU of the M1's eight CPU cores. Not only did the four-core VM outrun a Snapdragon 8cx in single- and multi-threaded Geekbench, it also more than doubled up performance... Read more...
Microsoft is delivering a big update for Windows 10 on Arm today, and it's great news for those that have embraced devices like the Surface Pro X, Samsung Galaxy Book S, and Lenovo Flex 5G. The company announced today that x64 emulation is finally arriving for these Arm64 devices -- at least for Windows Insiders. Microsoft first announced that this support would be arriving back in October, and true to its word, the company is now delivering. When Arm64 devices first landed on the market, they could run native Arm64 code and traditional x32 applications through emulation. However, x64 apps have been off limits, which is a big bummer if one of your critical apps is x64-only... Read more...
With the launch of the Apple M1 SoC last month, there's been an increased focus on Arm-based processors and native software for the platform. While the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini can run x86-64 code with the Rosetta 2 translator in macOS Big Sur, they perform best with native code. In November, Adobe released a beta version of Photoshop with native support for Arm64 code for Apple M1 Macs and Windows 10 on Arm devices. Today, Adobe is upping the stakes with Arm64 native versions of Lightroom for systems running Apple M1 (macOS Big Sur) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (Windows 10 on Arm) platforms.  The Lightroom CC app has been completely rebuilt (version... Read more...
Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its latest flagship SoC that will soon power an array of premium smartphones, branded the Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 888 features a faster 8-core CPU complex that incorporates Arm's Cortex-X1 architecture and, for the first time in a Qualcomm flagship SoC, also includes an integrated Snapdragon X60 5G modem. One thing that the company didn't announce, however, was a new laptop-class successor to its potent Snapdragon 8cx platform that is most notably employed in the Microsoft Surface Pro X and Samsung Galaxy Book S. Regardless, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx and Windows 10 on Arm has already shown promise with excellent battery... Read more...
Arm64 processors are making a big play for the laptop market thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs running Windows 10 on Arm and new Macs with the Apple M1 SoC. One of the best-known software applications on the planet is Photoshop, and it must run using emulation with Windows 10 on Arm or with Rosetta 2 on macOS Big Sur. However, running Photoshop through emulation results in a performance hit which isn't exactly ideal. Luckily, Adobe has issued a new beta of Photoshop that can run natively on Arm processors found in Windows 10 and macOS Big Sur machines. For Windows 10, you'll need to have a Surface Pro X with at least 8GB of RAM. You'll also want to have Windows 10 Build... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro X back in early October, and it first went on sale earlier this month. The convertible has been praised for its thin and light design, as well as its large 13-inch display. However, there have been serious questions raised about overall performance from the Arm-based Microsoft SQ1 SoC and the app compatibly. While the Surface Pro X can run native ARM64 apps in Windows 10 and 32-bit x86 app via emulation, it cannot run 64-bit x86 apps in emulation. That may change very soon according to a new report from Neowin. The publication says that although Qualcomm stated that 64-bit x86 emulation was never in the cards for its SoCs -- the SQ1 is an... Read more...
Microsoft may have given up on Windows 10 Mobile in order to focus the bulk of its software and services development for iOS and Android, but there are still quite a few people that are holding on to smartphones like the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Those Lumia devices were among the last to ship with Windows 10 Mobile, and while they still "work" per se, they aren't being updated with new features and aren't nearly as capable as the Android and iOS peers. So, what is someone to do with an old Lumia 950 XL that they may have lying around? Install Windows 10 on ARM, of course! Software developer Gustave Monce has been working on bringing the full-blown Windows 10 on ARM experience to... Read more...
Microsoft and Qualcomm are really pushing to get customers interested in ARM-powered Windows 10 machines. There’s no question that the Windows 10 scene is currently dominated by x86-64 processors from Intel and AMD, but ARM-powered systems promise to offer enough muscle for consumers to handle everyday tasks while delivering unmatched battery life. But in order to win customers over, there needs to be an abundance of native apps for the Windows 10 on ARM platform to deliver on the performance front. To that end Mozilla announced today that it has released a beta of the native ARM64 version of its popular Firefox browser. That means that if you’re running a Windows 10 device that... Read more...
When we think of the Raspberry Pi single-board PC platform, we think of an efficient system running something like Raspbian. However, for those that have wanted to explore the vast world of Windows 10 with a Raspberry Pi, you’ve primarily been limited to restrictive builds like Windows 10 IoT Core. But a developer by the name of José Manuel Nieto is making it easy for you to install a slightly more mainstream version of Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi 3. He has created the WoA installer, which is a quick and easy tool for creating a bootable Windows 10 on ARM image for Raspberry Pi.  Now we must forewarn you that Windows 10 on ARM first launched on systems... Read more...
When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that convertible devices powered by Snapdragon 835 processors running Windows 10 would be available to the public, it was a shock to the system. The devices, which features integrated LTE modems, promise runtimes in excess of 20 hours along with good overall performance for your everyday tasks. However, one of the big downsides to Windows on ARM up to this point is that developers have only had access to the ARM32 SDK. 64-bit apps, which current Snapdragon processors are capable tackling, weren’t supported. That's changing now with the arrival of the ARM64 SDK for Windows 10. Microsoft and Qualcomm made the announcement today... Read more...
Windows 10 on ARM has been billed as providing the best of both worlds for those looking for the ultimate productivity ultraportables. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered devices running the operating system have compatibility with legacy Windows apps, yet deliver epic battery life in the 20+ hour range. However, given that emulation is involved to allow these ARM-powered devices to run x86 applications, there are bound to be some limitations in place. Unfortunately for Microsoft, those limitations leaked early. Microsoft was able to react quickly and pull the page, but not before it was picked up on by Thurrott.com. Thanks to a cached version of the page (which is still available) that has a post... Read more...