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Windows 10 ARM will not be coming to existing Windows phones, Joe Belfiore has said in a webcast on Mixer held by the Windows Insider team.

In the webcast (47:20), someone asked the CVP of the Microsoft Operating Systems Group whether or not Windows 10 ARM would be coming to the Microsoft Lumia 950. Belfiore responded tersely, saying “no”.

He then explained that Windows 10 ARM is a “desktop PC experience”, not a phone-like experience. Furthermore, Belfiore added that Microsoft has Windows 10 Mobile for phone-like experiences on ARM.

In short, Belfiore explained that the full Windows 10 ARM Edition effort is about enabling great battery life and sleep on ARM-based tablets and laptops. Of course, that does not mean that Microsoft is not working on something similar for phones. Rumors have spread that the Redmond tech giant is working on another attempt at Windows phone.

Windows 10 ARM is the technology that will allow for x86 emulation on ARM processors. Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 ARM PCs late this year, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

Windows 10 ARM on the Surface Phone?

Given the rumors about a new attempt at Windows phone, in the future, there could be phone-like devices with Windows 10 ARM. For example, two weeks ago rumors surfaced that the Surface Phone could now be close to release.

The Surface Phone has lived in the land of myth for years, however, over the last 12 months, there have been rumors regarding the handset’s arrival. According to reports, the device will not be a smartphone per se, but a mobile type device.

That could mean that we may see the full Windows 10 ARM Edition on the Surface Phone. Since the device is not supposed to be a phone, it should be able to run Windows 10 ARM.

Moreover, last week a Microsoft patent surfaced which shows a Windows phone with a folding screen that would allow it to be used like a tablet. Judging by the patent, it seems that the device also features a 360-degree mode. This device could also be able to run Windows 10 ARM.

  • charlesdjones1

    Belfiore’s response is a great example of why I moved on from Windows 10 Mobile. They simply cannot make an official statement on the future of Mobile, and keep the remaining users in the dark on any future releases. The Insider builds haven’t had any new features added in over 6 months, and the Store is shrinking daily in apps that work with Mobile. In some ways, I miss Ballmers obsession with establishing Mobile after missing the boat, the phones were great, the builds were solid, and they were approaching 10% market share in a lot of markets. Really sad to see where it is today under Nadella.