Windows Dev Kit 2023 (‘Project Volterra’) debuts as Arm device for developers – Visual Studio Magazine
Windows Dev Kit 2023 (‘Project Volterra’) debuts as an Arm device for developers
Microsoft introduced Windows Dev Kit 2023 yesterday to help developers build Windows apps to run on Arm-powered devices.
Formerly called “Project Volterra”, the kit was introduced At Microsoft’s Build conference in May, when the company said it “enables developers to build apps that perform native AI-accelerated workloads by leveraging the powerful Integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). An Arm powered by Snapdragon Compute Platform as a powered device, it will enable Windows developers to build, test and debug Arm-Native apps with all their favorite productivity tools, including Visual Studio, Windows Terminal, WSL, VSCode, Microsoft Office and Teams.”
The centerpiece of the kit is an arm-powered device featuring the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform and using the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, along with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of fast storage, including built-in Wi-Fi 6. There are many ports. , physical Ethernet, 3x USB-A, 2x USB-C, and a Mini DisplayPort for connectivity to devices, displays, and networks. Also coming with Windows 11 Pro and a one-year limited hardware warranty, it’s now on sale For $599.99, but only in eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Microsoft has made a Big Push in Arm ArenaSo the kit joins this list of arm-native dev tools:
- VS Code (available now)
- Visual Studio 2022 (now in preview, will be available by the end of 2022)
- VC++ Runtime Library (now in preview)
- There are several OSS libraries and will be ported to target arm64 natively
- Runtime and Framework
- .NET 6 (Available Now)
- .NET 7 (now in preview, will be available by the end of 2022)
- OpenJDK Java (Available Now)
- Python, Node JS (porting is underway)
- clang/llvm, gcc (porting released)
- cloud services
- Azure Arm VMs (Available Now)
- Stand-alone Runner Agent (details coming in late summer 2022)
- GitHub and Azure DevOps Cloud Hosted CI/CD (details follow)
“Enterprise developers will be able to enjoy a developer workflow that is just as effective and efficient as what we use today,” Microsoft said. “By using these Arm-native tools, enterprise developers will be able to build apps and experiences that natively target Arm devices.”
Microsoft said more apps, tools, frameworks and packages being ported to natively targeting Windows on Arm are expected in the coming months. “Meanwhile, thanks to Windows 11’s powerful emulation technology, developers will be able to run many unmodified x64 and x86 apps and tools on their Windows Dev Kits,” the company said.
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