Microsoft recently partnered up with ARM CPU maker Qualcomm to make a Windows PC that runs on ARM processors for developers. This small PC will start selling at Microsoft Store this summer for an affordable price. This PC is selling at an affordable price, so the developers can easily get it and create ARM64 apps for Snapdragon-based PCs.
As for now, Developers have to buy higher price devices like Surface Pro X to test their ARM64 based apps on Windows. And devices like Surface Pro X will cost around $1000 and up. And Microsoft and Qualcomm did not announce a price for this new PC but they promised to sell it for an affordable price than higher-priced devices like Surface Pro X.
“This developer kit provides an affordable alternative to other consumer and commercial devices. With the smaller desktop configuration, this kit gives developers more flexibility than notebook options, and at a lower price point. We remain committed to helping developers address requests from customers, while reducing the overall cost of deployment.” said Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
This developer kit will be useful for developers to test Microsoft’s new x64 app emulation on Windows on ARM. This will allow users to run x64 apps that haven’t been ported for ARM processors yet.