A while back, it was rumored that Microsoft was working on an emulator that allowed the 32-bit version of Windows 10 to run on an ARM-equipped device. At the WinHEC conference, Microsoft not only confirmed these rumors, but also introduced the emulator.
In cooperation with Qualcomm, the maker of ARM processors used in many smartphones, normal x86 programs designed for Windows can also be used on mobile devices with very low power consumption. Thanks to the emulator, not only simple applications will work, but complex and comprehensive programs will also work. In order to prove this, Microsoft also launched an unmodified desktop version of Adobe Photoshop, not just its own Office programs in the emulator during the presentation.
Even in the Windows 10 game World of Tank, the emulator was running smoothly. Normally emulators are experiencing problems with adapting to quick graphics. However, in Windows 10′ new emulation, such a problem does not bounce. Microsoft used a device with a Snapdragon 820 processor, which has been used for many years on most high-end smartphones, for the promotion of the emulator.
In the second half of 2017, when Windows 10 emulator support officially arrives, new devices on the market will likely to have Snapdragon 835 processors. Microsoft will likely to introduce the Surface Phone, which is expected to be available for a long time on these days, which can run the Windows 10 desktop. Microsoft calls these phones with emulator support “Cellular PCs”.