Qualcomm today broke cover on the Snapdragon 8cx, a powerful new chip purpose-built for Windows 10 PCs. But alongside the "extreme" new chip and all of its performance metrics, Qualcomm slipped in another announcement that should have Mozilla fans happy: a native ARM64 version of Firefox is in the works.
Mozilla and Qualcomm are working together to get a native ARM64 version of Firefox out the door, which should help to solve any performance issues caused by the current app. As it stands, Firefox must be emulated on Snapdragon-powered PCs, which causes some inherent performance issues. A native version built for ARM64 chips would solve any of the outstanding hitches, hopefully boosting the browser's speed by a noticeable margin.
There's no word on when this version of Firefox is expected to launch, but it's reassuring for the sake of the app ecosystem for Snapdragon PCs that it's in the pipeline.
The news comes alongside word that a native version of Chromium is also being worked on, and Windows 10 Enterprise will also be supported on the Snapdragon 8cx.
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Good news. Let's hope Microsoft offers the same level of assistance to Mozilla and the Gecko project as it is (now known to be) offering to the Chromium team and Google. Despite placing its bets on Chromium, it's in Microsoft's interest to see Firefox well supported for Windows on ARM.
Yes, so correct.
Absolutely. Now Edge is being 'retrenched' into a Chromium skin, it is vital that we get a way to side-step the Google option. Firefox seems to be the best way forward.
More good news for ACPCs coming out at the same time as news of the 8cx chip. Nadella's genius mobile play on parade.
I am beginning to see the plan for giving time to the entire industry to rise to the next level before dropping the true ultra-mobile devices of the next generation.
Most welcome news, WoA is taking shape.
I wonder where mediatek is in all of this?
If we had WoA on cheaper devices that surely brings WoA to the mass market and literally creating a flood of Windows devices that developers can target?
Keep 'em coming 😁
> Mozilla and Qualcomm are working together to get a native ARM64 version of Firefox out the door I am really happy that Windows Central finally dispensed with the myth that Windows-on-ARM versions of nontrivial applications are just a recompile away and the developers are a lazy bums needing a hard kick from the marketing departments to produce them. That attitude was growing old, especially for those in the trade...
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