We know that Microsoft seems to have this thing for ARM ever since Windows RT which was their way of creating a version of Windows that would run on ARM devices. It did not exactly fare well, although Microsoft is trying their hand again with the launch of Windows 10 S, and now it seems that they’re taking things further by releasing Visual Studio 15.9 that will help developers create native ARM apps for Windows.
According to Microsoft, “With the official release of Visual Studio 15.9, developers now have the officially supported SDK and tools for creating 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. In addition, the Microsoft Store is now officially accepting submissions for apps built for the ARM64 architecture.”
They add, “Developers can use Visual Studio 15.9 today to recompile apps – both UWP and C++ Win32 – to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM devices. Running natively allows applications to take full advantage of the processing power and capabilities of Windows 10 on ARM devices, resulting in the best possible experience for users.”
Now at the moment there aren’t too many ARM-powered devices running Windows, but hopefully with the release of this tool, it will compel developers to create more ARM Windows apps, which in turn will prompt companies to start putting out more such devices into the market.