First Windows 8 For ARM PCs To Be Available Soon To Devs

Qualcomm has announced that it will be providing test computers based on its Snapdragon chips to select developers in order to test and optimise applications for Windows 8 on ARM PCs and tablets.

The company notes that the program will be invitation only and that the computer will consist of a "pre-release" version of Windows on ARM with the Snapdragon S4 processor.

Qualcomm also reiterates the fact that the test computers will not be "representative of commercial form factors or the final Windows on ARM experience"; in other words don't expect Qualcomm-based Windows on ARM computers to look or perform like these test computers.

There's a similar testbed run by Qualcomm for the mobile developer community called the Mobile Development Platform which works the same way and is not representative of end user experience.

The test PCs will contain built in 4G LTE as well as the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 plain vanilla version with an Adreno GPU plus an array of sensors.

We suspect that the computers will be laptops with touchscreen displays which will give the ability to the developers to optimise their apps for keyboard and touch.