Microsoft Arm Announces Desktop PCs and Original Arm Development Tools
You could say that Windows On Arm is just as successful as it used to be – you can buy multiple Windows on arm laptops and tablets, and these can run any Windows applications available thanks to the x86-to-arm encoding translation. However, Windows on Arm is still only part of the entire Windows ecosystem, and native OS applications based on the operating system are relatively rare.
At the Built Developer Conference on Tuesday, Microsoft Post some messages It aims to strengthen Windows at hand. The first is Project Voldera, a small Microsoft branded desktop computer powered by Qualcomm’s unnamed Snapdragon network. Very suitable for developers who already have arm hardware, Volta will be completely with original developer tools.
According to Posted on the Microsoft BlogThe company will release its own ARM versions of Visual Studio 2022, VSCode, Visual C ++, Modern .NET 6, Classic .NET Framework, Windows Terminal, as well as Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows Subsystem for Android. Original versions of these apps translate the x86 code to run on arm devices and allow the associated performance to run without penalty – especially useful for Arm Windows devices that generally lack pleasant performance.
A preview of these tools will be available in the coming weeks.
As far as Volta hardware is concerned, we know that it runs Qualcomm’s SoC with an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), “excellent in-class AI computing capability” and Qualcomm’s neural processing SDK support. Microsoft pushes this as a solution to test AI and machine learning applications, although by other specifications it may also be a good development box for general use of Windows in arm applications.
In Microsoft’s exposure video, Volta uses a standard NVMe SSD and has an active cooling fan, which indicates slightly higher scaling and performance than we saw. Other Windows in the Arm Development boxes. It has three USB-A ports, a mini display port, an Ethernet port on the back and two USB-C ports on the side, and a decent selection of ports for its size. The black stackable case is also made from something like “recycled marine plastic” Plastic sea mouse Presented by the company last year.
Project Volta will be available “later this year” at an unknown price.
This is not the first device that Microsoft has paid to encourage developers to try Windows on Arm. Last year, the record $ 219 ECS LIVA QC710 Target this for apps developers in the Microsoft Store. Although it is small and affordable, the 4GB of RAM, the weak Qualcomm 7C processor, 64GB of internal storage and the choice of dull ports do not allow developers much to stretch their legs. It seems that Volta can solve some or all of these shortcomings.
The only thing holding Windows at hand at the moment is the lack of excellent hardware – to be precise, the lack of chips that can match or beat Intel and AMD’s performance while delivering better battery life. None of the Qualcomm chips for Windows PCs are as fast as Apple’s M1, let alone the faster M1 versions. We may not see the number one competitor in the Qualcomm M1 segment By the end of 2023After a long time of Voltora appointment.
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