Microsoft decided to expand the Windows 10X to more devices
The regular version of Windows 10 has supported Intel and AMD processors very well for many years, and Microsoft also has a dedicated ARM version for ARM devices.
The Windows 10X modular system was originally supposed to support various processors, but in the end, Microsoft could not provide support due to emulators and potential compatibility issues.
This resulted in the modular system only supporting Intel processors when it was just released, but Microsoft eventually decided to extend Windows 10X to support AMD and ARM processors.
There is already news that Microsoft has begun testing on internal hardware, and OEM manufacturers may launch corresponding devices later this year.
As you know, the ultimate positioning of Windows 10X is the entry-level and education market, which is a low-profile laptop mainly for elementary and middle school students.
For elementary and middle school students, this kind of low-profile equipment is enough to use. More importantly, the price of this equipment is low, then it can make more schools affordable.
The expansion of the ARM processor is crucial to Microsoft because the notebook computer equipped with the ARM processor consumes less power and is relatively cheaper.
If you want to compete with Google Chromebooks in the education market, extending support for ARM processors is obviously a very good idea to fight a price war.
Of course, there may not be much difference in actual applications. After all, Windows 10X only supports UWP applications and PWA applications and cannot run desktop software.
It is worth noting that in order to solve the dilemma that Windows 10X version cannot run desktop software, Microsoft is preparing to provide CloudPC cloud computers for some advanced customers.
That is, users can remotely connect to virtual machines hosted on Microsoft servers to run desktop software. This feature is a supplementary feature of the Windows 10X version.
Of course, this feature is limited to advanced users and enterprise users and may be provided to the teacher group. Elementary and middle school students are unlikely to get this advanced version of the feature.
In theory, this supplementary function should be able to meet the basic needs of the education market, and Microsoft hopes that these can grab the education market share from Google.