It was unclear today exactly what kind of edge Microsoft might gain by partnering with Qualcomm and others to run Windows Server on ARM processors, an analyst said.
“Microsoft must see something that is interesting enough to port over Azure and Windows,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, in a Wednesday interview. “But Qualcomm has not provided any details other than how many cores it has and that it’s 10-nanometer, so I can’t give any empirical comparison between it and, say, Intel.”
Today, Microsoft announced it was collaborating with Qualcomm, Cavium and other chip makers to use ARM in its own data centers to run cloud workloads. The Redmond, Wash. company did not discuss plans to move beyond internal applications.