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Microsoft Working On Windows 10 For Qualcomm Chips

Intel’s stranglehold of the PC market could be under fire, with Microsoft announcing the development of Windows 10 for laptops featuring Qualcomm chips.

Microsoft said that the first Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm chips could be available next year, but no details were given on which companies would release these devices.

“Hardware partners will be able to build a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and popular Windows games,” Microsoft’s executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson said in a blog post.

Qualcomm, as the market leader in smartphone semiconductors, would be able to utilise some of the powerful technology it has developed for the new devices. Qualcomm-powered laptops could feature integrated cellular connections and a battery that lasts multiple days, all in a small form factor.

Intel responded to the news in a statement, and said its technology would remain the best option for computers.

“Intel and Microsoft have delivered — and continue to deliver — the best experiences, including merged reality, immersive gaming and connectivity using Windows and Intel technology that customers expect,” Intel said.

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