When Microsoft shelved its plans for Windows-based smartphones, it shattered the dreams of many people. Microsoft is not to blame here as it is difficult to thrive amongst Android and iOS.
A group of developers recently rekindled the dream by running full Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia 950 XL. The project has seen steady developments as Gustave Monce, one of the developers leading the project, announced recently that GPS now works on Lumia 950 XL with Windows 10 on ARM.
If you ever get lost somewhere (that chance is already low) and you happen to find a random 950 XL (even lower) and it has woa (now it's impossible), you can now find your way back home using GPS. pic.twitter.com/HKxIaydzTZ
— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) March 3, 2019
Now, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, took to Twitter to post images of Microsoft Lumia 950XL running on Windows ARM.
Russinovich is a popular name amongst Windows users as he is the father of Sysinternals — a suite of highly useful tools for Windows operating system.
In his tweet, Mark said that he’ll soon release ARM64 versions of Sysinternals tools not only for Lumia 950 XL but for laptops running Windows 10 on ARM.
Process Monitor and Process Explorer running on Windows ARM64. Favorite this post if you want ARM64 versions of Sysinternals tools. pic.twitter.com/WtE3BeyZVp
— Mark Russinovich (@markrussinovich) May 2, 2019
Developers who are working on the Lumia 950 project can benefit from these official set of drivers.
Also, the fact that Mark Russinovich is using Lumia 950 XL running WoA indicates that Microsoft has not completely abandoned Windows-based smartphones.
Do you want Microsoft to launch a Windows phone or at least provide support for dual-booting Windows on Android?