Microsoft announces Windows 10 support for ARM devices and mobile processors

Microsoft has officially announced the release of Windows 10 ARM support for mobile processors and ARM-based servers, according to Microsoft’s CTO, Paul Thurrott.

Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 for several years now, and today, Thurrot said the company has released a new version of the operating system, called Windows 10 Home.

Microsoft’s announcement comes after it recently announced the availability of Windows 11 Mobile.

The Windows 10 Mobile version has been available since March 11, 2016, and Thurrots release of the OS is notable for not only being the first major release of a major OS, but also for its openness to the ARM community.

Microsoft has made it clear that the operating systems ARM-powered devices and servers will remain supported through Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.

Thurroxt said Microsoft is actively working on supporting ARM devices on Windows machines as well, but that the first hardware-based device will be the ARM-optimized Surface Book.

Thurrott said Microsoft plans to bring ARM-friendly OSes to more servers, and will also be bringing support for Linux.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 desktop operating system was introduced in January 2020 and was intended to replace Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 was originally intended to run on ARM-compatible hardware, but in 2018, Microsoft changed the roadmap to include ARM support.

Thurrot said Microsoft had made significant progress on ARM support since then, and the company had already shipped over 1 million ARM-ready devices with Windows 10.