In the market of smartphones most consumers know of the iPhone iOS series, Android, and the lower marketshare Blackberry OS but one of the lesser advertised phone OS lines are Microsofts’ attempt with Windows Mobile 7 8 and 10. As someone who’s actually played around with Windows 7 phones (HTC HD7 and enjoyed the design influenced from their Zune line one could feel the capability for a solid device that was held back by some awkward design decision such as the lack of cut/paste clipboard in the early years, lack of popular apps, and just the general lack of attention be it in their marketing campaign, carrier contracts, or software upgrades. That said, the devices actually performed fairly capable in the enterprise market due to the use of enterprise sync, similar digital forensic procedures and tools to recover and track data, and general compatibility with Windows RT and other connectivity features in Windows OS 8-10.
Now however, following an announced partnership with Snapdragon makers Quallcomm, Microsoft has announced its attempting to bring Windows 10 x86 emulation to ARM capable mobile devices and the capability to run actual desktop apps ranging from Microsoft Office Suite, to even the gamer’s benchmark of Crysis. This is a huge game changer as unlike the similar attempted Intel x86 processors in their laptops, desktops and tablets, Intel chips generally use more battery in relation to the power they can provide. Additionally, in the video below you can see that even heavy load apps such as Photoshop are capable of running without any major hiccups; a huge improvement from Microsoft’s previous attempts of porting Win 10 and RT apps to their Windows 10 phone devices.
Overall, we have ourselves a huge game changer that could impact the industry in a number of levels. On the one end, Microsoft will possibly easily have more Windows 10 devices running out in the wild to hit their target of over 1 billion devices. For businesses and IT admin, We have the capability for actual Active Directory remote login and full-featured Exchange/Sync integration. Tech Enthusiasts will likely begin integrating similar build and ideas onto capable android devices (many flagship Android phones today are using the demoed snapdragon 820 such as the OnePlus3 and Galaxy Edge 7). Additionally, we now have another market for Digital Forensics to account for in security, malware deployments in using smartphones to act as potential botnets, get hit by mobile ransomware and other obfuscated and clever attacker schemes (At least the tools provided will be readily available).
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