Microsoft Giving Tegra 3, Snapdragon S4 Test PCs to WOA Developers

Pulkit Chandna

Earlier today, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) at the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, giving the general public an opportunity to preview Windows 8 on existing x86 systems and provide feedback. But Microsoft’s “Consumer Preview” event wasn’t just all about the beta released today for x86-based PCs. The company also showcased a number of Windows 8 on ARM devices at today’s event.  Hit the jump for more.

Among the devices showcased today were tablets powered by ARM-based SoCs from NVIDIA (Tegra 3), Qualcomm (Snapdragon S4) and Texas Instruments (OMAP5430). Microsoft also announced a seeding program “to support the creation of compelling Metro style app and device experiences for Windows 8.” Soon after, NVIDIA and Qualcomm announced their support for Microsoft’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program in separate press releases.

As part of this invitation-only seeding program, developers and device makers will be furnished with Windows 8 test PCs based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip. Texas Instruments has yet to make an announcement in this regard.

"NVIDIA has a long record of supporting software developers working on the cutting edge of innovation," said Tony Tamasi, senior vice president of content and technology at NVIDIA, in a press release . "We're furthering this tradition by helping to realize the extraordinary potential of Windows on ARM processors, like Tegra 3."

“Qualcomm is committed to the Windows on ARM ecosystem and knows that enabling developers is a crucial factor for its success,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products at Qualcomm. “We are now providing Snapdragon S4 test PCs with built-in 4G LTE, activated in some regions, to software application developers.”

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