Microsoft and Qualcomm just announced at Computex that Lenovo, HP, and ASUS are expected to be the first companies with devices that feature the Snapdragon 835. Powered by Windows 10 on ARM, the ultra-thin and always-connected devices are said to usher in a new era of mobile computing.
I am excited about ARM-based Windows machines, because this time around, there’ll be a compatibility layer for running x86 applications. The built-in LTE, 4x-5x (claimed) standy time and 50% more battery life (again, claimed) are very welcome, too.
I welcome any alternatives to the x86 mono-culture in the PC field. However I have strong concerns about one aspect of microsoft’s previous policy on ARM processors: they explicitly required manufacturers to prohibit owners from installing/booting alternative operating systems… Does anyone know if microsoft intends to enforce a lock in policy on these systems?