From the beginning, Microsoft has promised that Windows 10 OS is for all devices, but using it on a smartphone or tablet means you cannot run desktop apps. Well, this is now changing.

In an event today called WinHEC in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft announced that desktop apps are coming to ARM processors. In a nutshell, for every mobile device.

Microsoft is working together with Qualcomm to run Windows 10 apps smoothly on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or higher with 4 GB of RAM.

It is a marvelous technological achievement. Microsoft is calling it “cellular PCs“, It’s not just the OS. Windows 10 on an ARM processor will also run x86 desktop applications and games through emulation.

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Users will be able to install any Win32 bit desktop application and that being said completely unmodified setup. Means apps from any source, no repackaging as UWP (Universal Windows Platform) or delivery via the Windows Store is required. The applications will have full access to the Windows 10 OS.

On a side note, Apple also made a similar emulation feature when the Mac’s switched from PowerPC to Intel processors, but Microsoft’s move to support ARM is relatively more impressive.

To demonstrate the power of the Snapdragon 835 processor, Microsoft uploaded a video of a device running the full version of Adobe Photoshop along with Microsoft Office.

Devices running Windows 10 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is expected to come next year. Maybe the rumored Surface Phone is the Cellular PCs after all.

First, it was Continuum and now Cellular PCs. Microsoft seems to be working really hard to make smartphones replace as your personal computer.