Last year, Windows 10 on ARM became a real thing with Asus and HP announcing world’s first Always Connected PCs powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. We already know almost everything about the three ARM devices, but some other details are still not available.
Microsoft is now allowing the developers to release the apps that are aimed at devices with Windows 10 ARM. Apps in the Microsoft Store that are specifically aimed at Windows 10 ARM will be optimized for best performance and user experience. The software giant has already started accepting the new apps and these apps will be available in the coming weeks, apparently at the time of Always Connected PCs launch.
“Recently, we’ve added new options that let you offer your submission to customers on Surface Hub. You can now also offer ARM packages to Windows 10 S on a Snapdragon processor (Always Connected PCs),” Microsoft said in a documentation. The company, however, recommends developers to optimize the apps to run smoothly on all devices regardless of architectures and operating system version.
The Always-Connected PCs from Lenovo, Asus and HP are coming later this year. The devices were announced at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit and CES 2018. These devices are optimized to offer the best battery life with up to 22 hours of active use per single charge.
“If you include an ARM package in your submission that targets the Universal or Desktop device family, this package will be made available to Windows 10 S on a Snapdragon processor (Always Connected PCs) devices as long as the Windows 10 Desktop device family box is checked,” the company added.
Since the Always-Connected PCs are powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and run a special version of Windows 10, these devices can deliver incredible battery life. Microsoft is already working with their partners on Snapdragon 845-powered PCs, the new devices will become available by end of this year.