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ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops at the end of the year

April 21, 2017.

Facade of pavilion promoting Windows 10.

Facade of pavilion promoting Windows 10. Paris, France. © iStock / Getty.

Microsoft first announced its plans to bring Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors last year. The software giant is planning to allow partners to build laptop devices first, with a version of Windows 10 that will support ARM chips directly by including an emulator in the operating system. Devices will be able to run traditional desktop applications like Chrome or Photoshop, and they’ll be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. While many were hoping we would start to see ARM-powered Windows laptops soon, Qualcomm has revealed they won’t arrive until the end of the year. Microsoft has not yet announced which PC partners will be building ARM laptops, but The Verge understands that Lenovo is currently testing its own machine.

The Verge, “Microsoft’s ARM-powered laptops won't arrive until Q4.”