Microsoft and Qualcomm: Secret Exclusive Deal for Windows and ARM-Based Chips

Microsoft and Qualcomm: Secret Exclusive Deal for Windows and ARM-Based Chips The ARM-based Windows system has been available to customers for many years. When creating the platform, Microsoft used the help of the Qualcomm brand. Moreover, the company in question had the exclusive right to create ARM chips compatible with “windows”. The contract will end soon, and other players will be able to compete with Qualcomm freely. Several global players are showing interest. The aforementioned issue may also be related to the fact that the new Apple computers with ARM M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max systems are not compatible with Windows 11 and we cannot conveniently install the said system on them. Can the expiry of the contract change anything here?

The exclusive agreement between Qualcomm and Microsoft for Windows ARM support is coming to an end. Samsung and MediaTek are already sharpening their teeth for market share.

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According to a report by XDA-Developers, Microsoft and Qualcomm have concluded an exclusive agreement that regulates the official support of Windows on ARM on devices with the chips of the aforementioned manufacturer. Both companies invested not only time but also money in the cooperation. The exclusivity agreement is therefore fully justified. For this reason, the Windows market is not full of computers with SoCs from competing companies. This may change soon, as the source reports that the contract will soon be terminated. MediaTek, which has already expressed its willingness to participate in the PC market limited to ARM technology, and Samsung, will certainly join the fight. In the second case, we can count on new Exynos from the AMD GPU.

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What about Apple? As you know, the Apple M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, as well as each subsequent one, will only power equipment with the bitten apple logo. So there is no direct competition, but Microsoft is trying to “scare” Tim Cook by blocking the installation of Windows 11 on hardware with these systems. Nevertheless, it was Apple that coped with the x64 emulation in an exemplary manner. Microsoft still has a lot to do in this regard. Perhaps that is why it opens up to other producers.

Source: XDA-Developers


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