Windows 10 ARM on Microsoft Lumia 950 XL runs really well

Windows 10 ARM on Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Image Courtesy: Ben

Windows Phones are going extinct these days, and while
Microsoft is not committed to its own mobile platform, the
skilled developers are still working on an
interesting project for such devices. A couple of weeks
ago we reported that the Windows 10 ARM on Lumia 950 project is
advancing, and today the developer Ben shared some videos
showing off the project in action.

It’s always exciting to see what developer can find to give old
Windows phones some new life. It appears that Ben has
successfully booted Windows 10 ARM on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
and it’s quite stable, but there are few UI glitches due to
lack of appropriate drivers.

One of the recent videos published by Ben shows Windows 10
(ARM) booted on a Lumia 950 XL and the first-party apps like
Cortana and Calculator are working flawlessly. Needless to say,
the glitchy animation is noticeable. Ben is also planning
to bring Win32 apps such as Google Chrome to the Lumia 950
with Windows 10 ARM.

Windows 10 ARM on Lumia 950 XL
Image Courtesy: Ben

The fans are apparently tired of hearing again and again that
Windows Phone is dead but fortunately, the hacked Lumia phones
are still more exciting than rooted Android and jailbroken
iPhone. You don’t have to give up on your Lumia phones just yet
as the project is taking shape quite nicely.

It’s likely that a good amount of Windows phone owners are
interested in turning their Lumia handsets into full Windows 10
PCs. While such a project definitely sounds
interesting, but installing it on a Windows phone means that
you’ll have to live without the basic phone features such
as voice calling and due to lack of drivers, most of the
Windows 10 on ARM features might not work. Windows 10 ARM on a
phone is not going to feasible in the long run.

Last year, Microsoft confirmed that current Windows phones
won’t be upgraded to Windows 10 ARM. At that time,
Belfiore explained that Windows 10 Mobile offers
“phone-like experiences,” and Windows 10 ARM is designed to
offer a desktop experience but with more mobility.

It’s true that Windows 10 ARM is not optimized for phones, and
you should have some technical expertise to run an unreleased
OS on your phone, so apparently, it’s not easy to put it on a
Lumia phone.

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