As was earlier mentioned in one of our article the importance of Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile which allows users to use a Keyboard and Mouse when connected to a PC or a Larger Device.
Only the new Universal Windows Platform apps from the Windows Store can run on the ARM processors used in Windows 10 Mobile devices excluding those downloaded via Windows Desktop App Converter. That is set to change in the new year with Microsoft preparing to add x86 emulation to the OS.
Microsoft’s Mary Jo Foley has revealed details in regards to the company’s plans to introduce x86 devices with ARM64 processors with the coming Redstone 3 update expected to arrive at the end of 2017.
Mary Jo Foley also confirmed that Microsoft is working on this new emulation under the codename ‘Cobalt’, and this could line up with a reference to ‘Windows hybrid x86-on-ARM64 tech’ under the name ‘CHPE’.
If Microsoft adds the x86 app emulation to Windows 10 Mobile, it could make the OS more attractive to buyers, particularly to small businesses with limited budgets. With Microsoft’s rumored Surface Phone likely to be launched around End of 2017 along with Redstone 3, the ability to run ‘classic’ Windows apps on a smartphone could also be used as a major selling point for Surface Phone.