Windows 10 S Might Be The Way Back To Windows-on-ARM

Posted: May 9 2017, 5:37am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Windows 10 S Might be the Way Back to Windows-on-ARM

Windows 10 S might be exactly what Microsoft hoped Windows RT would be

Back when I worked in IT full time I carried around an old Surface that ran Windows RT. I loved the portability of that tablet and the fact that it allowed me to carry something much lighter than a normal laptop. The big downside to that machine for me was that it was unable to run any of the normal software I would use on a full laptop.

Microsoft's RT project rapidly failed and disappeared. The Motley Fool thinks that Windows 10 S might be how Microsoft plans to resurrect Windows on ARM platforms. With Windows 10 S, an ARM-powered machine would be able to run any of those apps or software sold via the Windows Store.

Microsoft officially sees Windows 10 S as a competitor to Chrome OS. The big upside to 10 S versus Chrome is the ability to run all those Windows Store apps. The Motley Fool writes, "Both applications [that] are built using Microsoft's new Universal Windows Program (UWP) framework, and traditional Win32 applications ported to the Store using the Desktop Bridge (formerly known as "Project Centennial") will be permitted, but Win32 applications that use their own installers will not function."

The author says that this is how Microsoft will pave the way for wider adoption of ARM-based machines on the Windows platforms. By allowing 10 S to run only software from the Windows Store, ARM machines won't be at a disadvantage compared to other, and likely more costly, 10 S machines using Intel processors, unlike the days of Windows RT.

This move will be a good thing for consumers because it should mean more options for Windows 10 S devices with cheaper prices thanks to ARM processors. The only real loser in this situation might be Intel as it will have less of a stranglehold on Windows computer chips.

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