Qualcomm has a special deal for Windows in ARM but it may end soon

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If you’re paying close attention to the ARM space in Windows, you may have noticed that it is now limited space.Only a handful of Windows are available on ARM devices, all running on Qualcomm chips (both good and bad).Apparently, there’s a reason for this: Qualcomm and Microsoft have an exclusive deal.

In addition, Microsoft has publicly stated that anyone can build Windows on an ARM chip. This exclusive deal is the result of Microsoft and Qualcomm working together to develop Windows on ARM.

As the contract is set to expire, more and more manufacturers will be seen competing in this space. Samsung, which now runs in conjunction with AMD, is also likely to build Exynos-powered Windows PCs for graphics processors on its chips.

MediaTek has already announced that the company plans to build a chipset for Windows on ARM, and since Qualcomm has been working on it for the past few years, switching from x86 architecture to ARM is a must.This is a good time for Windows as Apple is making significant progress towards this with its new Apple Silicon chip.

It’s been a few years since Windows On ARM was first announced, and a lot of progress has been made, including the addition of x64 emulation support with ARM64EC to make it easier to run apps locally with emulated plug-ins. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is good to see that development is accelerating so that as more players get involved they can take the platform further.

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Written by Shahina P


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