Microsoft & Qualcomm To Distribute Windows On ARM Tablets To Developers

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Microsoft and Qualcomm has announced today that they will be distributing Windows On ARM Tablets to select developers in coming months to test their apps. This is not a surprising move since there are no Windows on ARM PC’s available for purchase in the market. However both the companies have not announced on what basis they will give out tablets to developers. Read the press release below for more details.

Press Release:

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Snapdragon™ processor will be joining Microsoft Corp.’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to select developers in order to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs and tablets. This invitation-only program will combine a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with next-generation, high performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs. These test PCs are not representative of commercial form factors or the final Windows on ARM experience; they are designed to give developers early access to building and testing Windows Metro style apps on Qualcomm’s latest technology.

The Windows on ARM developer seeding program will help ensure that Windows Metro style apps available in the Windows Store work great on all Windows 8-based PCs, including those with Qualcomm’s ARM-compliant Snapdragon processors.

“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,” said Stefan Kinnestrand, director of business planning, Windows Division, Microsoft. “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.”

Qualcomm, with Microsoft, is among those leading the shift to anytime, anywhere connectivity. The Snapdragon mobile processor will offer a combination of processing performance, rich multimedia, GPS, high-performance graphics, wireless connectivity and power efficiency with Windows on ARM.

“Qualcomm is committed to the Windows on ARM ecosystem and knows that enabling developers is a crucial factor for its success,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products at Qualcomm. “We are now providing Snapdragon S4 test PCs with built-in 4G LTE, activated in some regions, to software application developers.”

Qualcomm’s participation in the Windows on ARM developer seeding program provides select developers with the latest generation Snapdragon S4 test PCs running a pre-release version of Windows on ARM. These test PCs contain Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with second-generation high performance, power efficient CPU, hardware accelerated Adreno® graphics, full multimedia, GPS, sensors, and peripherals that will enable development and test of next-generation Windows Metro style apps for the coming wave of Windows on ARM PCs.

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