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Lumia 520 will not get Windows 10 on ARM as Windows Phone devices are not compatible
Before the end of this year, Microsoft is likely to roll out
Windows 10 on ARM. The awareness, according to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, is to offer
users the full Windows 10 experience on mobile devices that are powered by
chips using the ARM architecture.
The latest devices would be powered by Snapdragon chipsets
and offer exceptional battery life. Belfiore was not only talking about tablets
and laptops, he further added that this technology will not be compatible with current
Windows phones.

 Having a phone running on a full Windows 10 implies Microsoft
would have to make significant changes to the platform’s UI. A huge goal for
that is the enormous difference in screen size between a PC, a tablet and a
smartphone.
One aspect where Windows 10 on a Windows Phone would work is
with Continuum. With Continuum, a Windows Phone could be plugged into a desktop
sized screen. However, for the most part, Windows 10 on ARM is not really
directed to smartphones. As Belfiore said during a recent podcast, for
phone-like experiences on ARM, Microsoft offers Windows 10 Mobile devices.

“The Windows 10
on ARM effort is about enabling the PC experience on devices that are built on
ARM so that they’re connected all the time and have great battery life. So the experience
is a desktop PC experience, it’s not a phone-like experience. For phone-like
experiences on ARM, we have Windows 10 Mobile. What Windows 10 on ARM is, is a
desktop-like experience so that you get the battery life that ARM processors
tend to have.”-
Joe Belfiore.

Though there has been rumour about Microsoft releasing
another smartphone into the market on the mythical Surface Phone, Microsoft
would not want to waste its money after recording bad sales in the past.
In the meantime, the money and the ideas are going to
tablets. For example, Microsoft has been experimenting some features for a new
slate. Last month, it was reported that a new patent application filed by the
company. The paperwork filed reveals that Microsoft is working on a foldable design
for a tablet.
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