Microsoft Store starts accepting Windows 10 on ARM apps

Microsoft today announced in which the Microsoft Store will now be accepting app submissions created for the 64-bit ARM (ARM64) architecture. Also, aided by the release of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9 this month, developers will create ARM64 apps using officially supported SDK and tools.

(Don’t confuse the Microsoft Store with Microsoft’s physical suppliers. Microsoft rebranded the Windows Store mainly because the Microsoft Store in October 2017.)

Microsoft announced Windows 10 on ARM in December 2017 with three big feature promises: The screen turns on “instantly,” unlike existing PCs; LTE is constructed right in; also, the battery may last for days. However, the unveiling were included with a big caveat. These Always Connected PCs, as Microsoft and Qualcomm phone them, were not coming anytime soon.

As 2018 rolled on, the very first devices had questionable performance. In June, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 for Always Connected PCs but that’s not expected to help much, given that the chip is not built from the earth up for PCs. Still, Microsoft reminded everyone today why it will be hopeful:

This news comes during a great time, much more holiday season, our partners Lenovo and Samsung will offer new Windows 10 on ARM devices featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor. These second-generation ARM64 devices provide additional computing power for developers to use while continuing to send out the beyond-all-day battery life customers expect from Windows 10 on ARM. Like the first-generation ARM64 devices, they are also thin, light, fast, and backed up with instant-on 4G LTE connectivity to mind, while happy to run the wide ecosystem of Windows applications due to an x86 emulation layer.

Microsoft wants to help address the performance problems by developers to rebuild apps to make the platform. Developers can now use Visual Studio 15.9 to recompile UWP and C++ Win32 apps to manage natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices.

The timing isn’t an coincidence – app developers often place a lot of be employed in just in front of the holidays. All of the new device purchases produce plenty of app downloads. If you’re a Windows 10 developer, every resources you must get going on ARM are on hand on Microsoft Docs.

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