Windows 10 ARM Battery Life Will Be A 'Game-Changer,' says Microsoft

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2017

Microsoft is reportedly in the final stages of preparing its Windows 10 operating system to run on ARM based chips.

According to Trusted Reviews, Microsoft is already testing "hundreds" of devices running Qualcomm processors to check Windows compatibility.

However, the ARM machines ran a cut-down version of Windows known as Windows RT which was restricted to a small family of apps based on the App Store model rather than conventional Windows software.

"Achieving the world's first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies' leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity", said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of company subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, which carried out the tests.

The company is already testing "hundreds" of devices running Qualcomm processors to check Windows compatibility with Pete Bernard, principal group program manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, sayingL "We've been on this journey for nearly a year. We've been working furiously in Redmond and with our partners in San Diego". Of note, there are plenty of people out there who will happily pay a premium for multi-day battery life, and they'll soon have the opportunity to do so. "To be frank, it's actually beyond our expectations", Bernard added. "We set a higher bar for [our developers], and we're now beyond that". These devices will have considerably longer battery life along with capabilities similar to a personal computer or laptop in that case. I don't take my charger with me.

One of the amusing anecdotes is we handed out these devices to all of our dev directors and leaders across the windows org, and we started getting all these bug reports back ... saying 'the battery meter's not working, it says I still have a full charge.

In an interview with ZDNet, Bernard also talks about a bug being reported by development directors at Microsoft claiming the battery meter wasn't working on these ARM laptops.

"We're committed to the PC category for the long-term, not for the short term", he added. OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, and HP are all developing their own ARM-powered Windows 10 notebooks. Instead, Microsoft is starting to get excited about the potential of full-fat Windows 10 on ARM, which is still expected to arrive in December.

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