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Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm Working On Chrome For Windows On ARM

Microsoft and Google engineers appear to be working on a Chrome browser running on Windows on ARM. “9to5Google has spotted various commits by Microsoft engineers assisting with the development of Chrome for Windows 10 on ARM,” reports The Verge. “The details follow claims by a Qualcomm executive last month that the chip maker was working on an ARM version of Chrome for Windows 10.” From the report: A native ARM version of Chrome would make a lot of sense for Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Google. Chrome is one of the most popular desktop apps available on Windows 10, and without a native version for ARM it’s difficult to take ARM-powered Windows 10 devices seriously for many. However, it was only last year that Microsoft pulled Google’s Chrome installer from the Windows Store, because it violated store policies. Those policies restrict rival browsers to using Microsoft’s own Edge rendering engine, specifically that “products that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform.” Microsoft also blocked similar browser apps for Windows 8. Unless Microsoft relaxes its rules then this native Chrome support for Windows on ARM won’t be found in the Windows Store. Microsoft and Google’s work could still help improve performance for Electron-based apps like Slack and Visual Studio Code which rely on parts of Chromium.


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