Windows 12 – a new chapter in personal computing, Qualcomm reportedly tested the OS on a new ARM chip
February 5, 2024

Windows 12 – a new chapter in personal computing, Qualcomm reportedly tested the OS on a new ARM chip

The next generation of the Microsoft operating system under the name of Windows 12 could arrive already in the next few months, given that there are more and more rumors about it in the air. Qualcomm could use that opportunity to market its systems based on its Snapdragon X Elite chipset, and it has reportedly already tested the OS on its latest Arm chip, writes TechSpot.

At its recent launch in October 2023, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite chipset further fueled expectations of upcoming usage, suggesting that Windows 12 could bring AI integration as a key element of personal computing.

During the presentation, Qualcomm highlighted the Snapdragon X Elite chip as the most intelligent, powerful and efficient processor designed for Windows. This Arm chip, said to be faster than Apple’s M3, promises AI acceleration, improving creativity, productivity and AI-based workflows.

Windows Latest points out that Qualcomm’s presentation then included what could be a hint for an upcoming refresh of the Windows ecosystem as we know it so far. The chip designer mentioned an unspecified Windows OS installed on a Qualcomm laptop reference design used to test the CPU performance of the Snapdragon X Elite processor.

The company compared the new Arm chip and generic Windows OS to two Samsung x86 laptops based on Intel’s 12-core i7-1360P and 10-core i7-1355U processors, running Windows 11. The specific difference between highlighting the terms Windows OS and Windows 11 indicates the possibility that Qualcomm used a version of the Windows 12 operating system before the official release.

Rumors have suggested that Windows 12, with AI-focused features including an improved Copilot, could arrive by mid-2024. Its interface design would be similar to the Windows 11 version, with a few unique changes – a floating taskbar, for example. Desktop widgets could also make a comeback as Microsoft needs to remind PC users how great the Windows Vista experience was in the 2000s.

Intel has optimized its latest x86 chips for AI-related applications and workloads, while Arm chips could offer an improved user experience thanks to power efficiency.

If Microsoft is serious about integrating artificial intelligence into Windows 12, the partnership with Snapdragon X Elite, Qualcomm’s first AI chip, could provide insight into how AI can improve the overall computing experience. We can’t wait to see how this technological adventure will end.