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Qualcomm and Microsoft to Provide Devs With Snapdragon Windows PCs
Recently we reported that Microsoft would be requiring that the manufacturers lock down the bootloader on all ARM devices that would ship with Windows 8, and an interesting turn of events has happened. Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up to provide developers with Windows 8 PCs and tablets in order to create applications that will optimize the ARM-architecture of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. Microsoft’s Director of Business Planning, Stefan Kinnestrand, had this to say:
“Microsoft’s development tools and the Qualcomm Snapdragon test PCs will enable developers to build and test Metro style apps for Windows on ARM PCs. Based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, these systems will equip developers to create Metro style apps and offer a rich set of hardware peripherals that plug in and help enable seamless user experiences on the Windows on ARM platform.”
Now what is interesting here is this news comes on the heals of the revelation of the locked bootloader on ARM devices. One is sure to wonder what would happen if one of these devices would happen to fall into the hands of a developer who was sympathetic to the end user and would welcome the opportunity to give back by initiating collaboration with some of the amazing developers we have here at XDA-Developers. Let us see what the future holds.
See here for the full press release from Qualcomm and Microsoft.
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